Questions about the California Young Writers Contest 2013

Questions from students:

Can I enter more than one short story in the California Young Writers Contest?

Yes! You may write as many short stories, poems, and personal narratives as you like. You can mail them all in one large envelope (make sure you have enough postage!) or you can mail individually, as you write them. It doesn’t matter to us, as long as each entry has an entry form attached to it filled out correctly.

Must my short story be only five pages or can it be longer?

It must be five pages or less. If it comes in with teeny-tiny type, we won’t read it. If a short story is more than five pages or a personal narrative is longer than three pages, the judges are forbidden to consider it.

We are treating this contest just as writing contests are handled in the adult world of writing. This is how it is in the real world.

Writing succinctly is more difficult than writing any word that flows from your brain. This is why revision is so important. Rewrite your piece, finding just the perfect words to tell your story, personal narrative or poem.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask them here.

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  1. Kylea chapple says:

    I remember meeting you at East Bay Univursity and I won the wraffle and I got Jackson’s and Bud’s Bumpy Ride.

  2. Kylea chapple says:

    My B-Day is TOMARROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. marjorie says:

    I sent off my stories today (friday) and they’re due on Monday. If my stories get there on time, will they be counted or will it already be finished? Also, when will we be notified of the winners?

    • lizbooks says:

      Your stories will get there on time. They will be stamped today which is the important thing. We check the mail box through the week so even if the mail carrier messes up the STAMPED date is the important thing. Next week the manuscripts are put into categories of grades and whether or not they are poems, short stories and personal narratives. Then I take them to the various judges and they get read. Next, the judges talk with each other. So this whole process takes weeks. As soon as the judges get back to me with their decisions, the winners get phone calls and I post the winners names on this blog. Hopefully all of this will be done by May 1. Thank you for your very good questions! Liz

  4. marjorie says:

    Thank you very much for the information. I am excited to find out the results in May!

  5. lizbooks says:

    Glad to have helped. I’m excited too! I love judging. The entries are so creative and fun! Good luck! Liz

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