California Writers Club Young Writers Guidelines 2014

   

California Writers Club

Mt. Diablo Branch, ContraCostaCounty

 

YOUNG WRITERS CONTEST

Honoring a New Generation of California Writers

  See cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/young-writers-contest for contest information.

PLEASE PRINT

 Name___________________________________________

 Home Address_____________________________________

               Number  &  Street                       City                                         Zip

Home Phone______________________________________

E-mail Address ____________________________________

 School__________________________________________ Grade_______________________

 First and Last Name of your English (Creative Writing) Teacher__________________________________________

 Manuscript Title____________________________________

MANUSCRIPT CATEGORIES (please check one):

_____ Short Story (up to 5 pages typed, double-spaced)

_____ Poem (up to 30 lines, can be single or double-spaced) Suggested Poetry Prompt ideas available on the web site

_____ Personal Narrative (capturing an event in your life; up to 3 pages, typed, double-spaced)

_____ Humor ***NEW AWARD (One award per grade)

 Mail submissions to:  Young Writers Contest, California Writers Club, PO Box 606, Alamo, CA  94507

 DON’T MISS OUT:  Only entries that follow the guidelines EXACTLY will be considered!

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ CONTEST GUIDELINES:

1. Contest open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who live in or attend school in ContraCostaCounty.

 2. Submit 2 copies of your manuscript. Do not include artwork or a cover. Your manuscript must be typed or computer generated at 12 point, double-spaced, one-inch margins around perimeter. No staples. Paper clips only.

 3. Put your name in the upper left-hand corner of each page. Number each page.  Put manuscript title on the first page.

 4. Multiple entries are welcome.  Each entry must be accompanied by a separate application form (above) or 3×5 card noting: name; home address; home phone; school; grade; e-mail address; teacher; manuscript title; and category AND 2 manuscript copies for each category entry.

 5. Deadline:  Manuscripts must be postmarked March 27, 2014. Winners will be announced when judging is complete.

 6. TEACHERS: PLEASE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO SUBMIT THEIR STORIES AND POEMS THEMSELVES. We are striving to encourage individual creativity and expression. Do not send entire class assignments. Teachers of winning students will be invited to attend the banquet.

­_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ PRIZES: Winning short stories and poems from each grade level will receive $100 for first prize, $50 for second prize and $25 for third prize. The Humor Award  of $75 will be awarded to one winner in each grade level. The Betty Tenney Essay Award of $100 will be given to the best personal narrative/essay in each grade. Second and third place prizes may be awarded in this category at the judges’ discretion. Prizes will be presented to winners on May 10, 2013, at a lunch banquet. A published author will speak. Parents are welcome.

 PARENTS: By signing this form, I give permission for my child’s name to appear on a blog post for the announcement of winners.  I also agree that my child may be photographed for print, videotaped, or electronically imaged during the banquet and agree to allow my child’s picture (images not attached to specific names) to appear in newspapers, news releases, and/or other published formats. 

 

_____________________________________________     _____________________________________________    ___________________

Parent’s Signature                                                          

Parent’s Name (Please Print)                                                   Date

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