Archive for the ‘California Young Writers Contest’ Category

Becoming a Writer

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

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Special guest Tim J. Myers will present “Becoming a Writer” at the next meeting of the Mount Diablo branch, California Writers Club at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The Annual Young Writers Contest Award Ceremony and luncheon honors the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade winners from Contra Costa County middle schools in poetry, short story, personal narrative, and humor.

Mr. Myers will define the writing life, its pros and cons, and the main paths of a writer’s development, using practical life strategies.

His children’s books have won recognition from The New York Times, NPR, and the Smithsonian. He’s written non-fiction and science fiction, and is a prize-winning published poet and songwriter.

Sign-in starts at 11:15 am, luncheon 12:00 pm to 12:45, and speaker from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Registration is $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, May 10. To reserve, contact Robin at cwcrobin.gigoux@yahoo.com, leave a message at 925-933-9670, or sign up via PayPal: click “buy now” on the Mt. Diablo website, http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/next-program/. Add $2 transaction fee. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Poetry Contest for All Ages!

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

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13th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

The 13th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Love Is All Around Us,” “Dreams Do Come True,” “On The Street Where I Live,” “Gone But Not Forgotten,” and “A Second Chance.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available at the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website: www.libraryatlincoln.org from the banner at the top of the website when the contest announcement appears.

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 22, 2017. Early submissions are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at slolowe@icloud.com for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

 

 

 

$ Writing Contest $ for Contra Costa County Middle & High School Students!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
ANNOUNCING
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center’s

19th Annual

ART & WRITING CHALLENGE


Rocio Perez, High School Award Winner – 2016

 

Topic: “Do Your Little Bit of Good”
Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu once said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Everyone, even the young, has the power to change the world around them for the better.
There are many members in our communities, young and old, rich and poor, people of all races and religions, who are finding new ways to resist the negative influences of racism and inequality that are all around us..
What ideas do you have on how can you create peace in your community and in the world?  What are the small acts you can do to make the world a better place?  Using your unique, artistic voice, create a visual and/or literary interpretation that conveys little bits of good.
WE HAVE GRAND PRIZES FOR ONE MIDDLE AND ONE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT 
AND PRIZES IN EACH SEPARATE CATEGORY!

WINNERS WILL ALSO BE RECOGNIZED
AT AN AWARDS DINNER
ON MAY 13th IN WALNUT CREEK!
Three Categories
1) Essay  2) Creative Writing - poem, story or play or 3) Art - any medium including sculpture, photography and video.
 
Contest Rules
Open to all Contra Costa County middle and high school students.
 
VERY IMPORTANT !!!:  For all entries: Include a cover sheet with your NAME, HOME ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL, SCHOOL, GRADE, TEACHER (or teacher who informed you of the contest), TEACHER’S PHONE and EMAIL, ENTRY CATEGORY and TITLE OF WORK.   Please print! Cover sheet available below.
 
Entries will be judged on: 1) Composition; 2) Originality 3) Depth of thought, and 4) Relationship to topic.
 
WRITING ENTRIES are to be a maximum of 750 words (middle school) or 1,000 (high school): typed, double-spaced, with numbered pages.  Please have a teacher review your writing before submitting.  Send the document as a .doc or.docx email attachment to margli@ourpeacecenter.org with the subject line “Art & Writing Contest 2017″.                                                                            
  
ART ENTRIES, mail or arrange for delivery by contacting the Center. Firmly attach the cover sheet on the back of the artwork.  Arrangements will be made for art to be returned after the Awards Dinner.  
 
Mail to:  Mt.  Diablo Peace & Justice Center 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 or contact the office to arrange for delivery: (925) 933-7850 or margli@ourpeacecenter.org.
 
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  Friday, April 22, 2016 
 
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center reserves the right to reprint and exhibit all entries.
PLEASE USE USE THIS COVER SHEET and SECURELY attach it to your submission.  
For more information about this annual contest please go to our website at www.creatingpeacefulschools.weebly.com
or call the Center office: (925) 933-7850
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Writers – Do you like movies? Technology! Enter this essay contest for $!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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Which Is The Better Essay Contest

You can write on any of the topics below.  Or you can also write on any topic related to technology.

  1. How Movies Affect Our Lives

       OR

      2. How Android Changed The World

Deadline 

March 31st, 2017.

Categories

Movies , Android , Mobile ,Technology

Entry Fees

No submission fees

Prizes

1st Prize (1 winner) :  Cash $300 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)

2nd Prize (3 winner) : Cash $100 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)

3rd Prize (5 winner):  Premium Android apps (worth 150$)

Eligibility needs:-

The competition is open to all writers.

How to Apply:-

* Essay should be minimum 300 words  and maximum 2000 words.

* The essay ought to be free from plagiarism. Repetition of written material isn’t acceptable.

* The essay should be written in English.

* In the subject line of your email, please include:-

1. Personal Details (Name, Phone, and Address).

2. Your story name

3. Your age

Send the document to office@whichisthebetter.com

http://www.whichisthebetter.com/essay-contest/

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Essay Contest for Everyone! Win $1000!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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ProEssayWriting Challenge: The Best

Essay Gets a Prize!

You don’t have any motivation to show your writing talent? Your professors assign boring topics, and they don’t value your efforts. You write your best paper, and you get points on it. Points! Then you have to complete several other homework assignments and study hard to get more points on the exam.

We have just the motivation you need. A prize! You finally have a reason to show what you can do with an essay topic.

You think you’re a great essay writer? Prove it!

Oops, we have a deadline, too!

We know how you hate deadlines. They are the worst. But, this time, you have a motivation. Plus, there’s tons of time for you to explore one of our topics and write your submission.

We accept submissions from November 25, 2016 through February 10, 2017.

We’ll notify and announce the winners by February 20, 2017.

Who can enter this contest?

Everyone! There is no entry fee for the contest! All you need to do is accept our challenge and follow our guidelines.

There are no age and geographical limits! You think you can write? That’s all it takes to become part of the ProEssayWriting Challenge.

What should you write about?

We thought of interesting topics that will stimulate you to think and write creatively and critically. All topics are related to education, since we want to get your opinions on how we can solve the problems in the current educational systems. See? You’ll have a chance to win a great prize, but you’ll also get your voice heard. You have an opportunity to make changes.

Pick one of the following topics. Please, don’t alter the topic you choose.

  1. Teleported to 2050: What Will Education Look Like?
  2. Is Google a Relevant Source of Knowledge?
  3. The Problems of Academic Writing: Why Do Students Struggle With It?
  4. The Problem with Common Core Standards: Same Expectations from Different Students
  5. The Role of Parents in the Educational Process
  6. Pros and Cons of Online Learning: Is It Taking the Educational System in the Right Direction?
  7. Student Disrespect for Teachers: Causes and Effects

The Prizes

Three participants will get prizes:

  1. $1000 for the Winner
  2. $500 for the 2nd place
  3. $250 for the 3rd place

We will publish these three essays on ProEssayWriting.com, and we’ll promote them via social media channels. You have a chance to get not only a prize, but exposure, too. The world we see what a great writer you are.

Who’ll Be the Judge?

The writers from our team are more than qualified to judge your essays. We chose the top PhD writers from ProEssayWriting to evaluate the essays and choose the lucky winners. The decision will be based on teamwork. The judges will read the essays thoroughly, and then they will discuss their quality.

Pay Attention: Submission Guidelines

  • Word count: 800-1000 words. Please keep your submission within this word count. All entries shorter than 800 and longer than 1000 words will be disqualified.
  • We accept the following file types: MS Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf and .odt). You are free to include images within the essays, solely if you have the right to use them.
  • No plagiarism: All submissions should be 100% original. We will check the content through sophisticated plagiarism detection software. If you are using quotes, make sure to reference them.
  • Language: For this contest, we only accept submissions written in English.
  • Only one entry per candidate. Pick one of the topics and write one essay.

How to Enter

Write your essays and send it in an email message to contact@proessaywriting.com, with the following subject line: “Essay Writing Challenge”.

Now is your chance to shine as a writer. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Finally, you have great motivation to write a brilliant paper.

Be Unique! Be Creative! Be Great!

http://www.proessaywriting.com/writing-challenge/

Calling All Students! Enter Essay Contest! Win $$$!

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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Custom-Writing.org awards scholarships of $1800 in total to the most vivid, versatile, and talented writers in our upcoming Essay Writing Contest.

  • The Essay Writing Contest starts on October 10, 2016, and lasts for two months.
  • Any student, regardless of academic level and location of studies, can participate.
  • Three winners will receive prizes totaling $1800.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST 2016

The 2016 Essay Writing Contest focuses on two aspects:

  • The ability to think critically
  • The ability to express thoughts clearly and logically

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There are no strict requirements for participants. Custom-Writing.org requires the following:

  • Participants must be students of any educational institution in any location. Academic level and major do not matter.
  • Each student must write an essay on one of three given topics that fulfills all instructions and submit it before the deadline to contest@custom-writing.org.
  • Participants must share this post on their Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts and attach screenshots to prove it when submitting the essay.
  • By submitting an entry, students agree to the terms and conditions of the contest and acknowledge that the choice of the judges is final.

WHY PARTICIPATE

Scholarships of $1800 in total will be awarded to the best three essay writers:

1st place — $800

2nd place — $600

3rd place — $400

Winners get more than just significant cash prizes—their talent will be recognized by our proficient writers and editors, and their works will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ESSAY SUBMISSION

Participants must follow all instructions to be eligible to win the contest.

  1. Write one essay on one of following three topics:
  • Why do you think it is important for students to improve their essay writing skills?
  • How can having less homework help improve learning?
  • Are the requirements of academic writing too strict? Should writing be simpler for students?
  1. Essay requirements:
  • Has a word count of 450 – 650 words (excluding footnotes, bibliography, title page, and article title)
  • Is written in US English
  • Contains no plagiarism
  • Has a file name of “Essay Writing Contest_Last Name”
  • Is submitted in .doc or .docx format
  • Has a bibliography that lists two or more peer-reviewed sources and no sources older than five years
  • Uses the APA formatting style

Please note that to be accepted, your essay must contain all required elements of APA formatting style:

  • Title page formatted correctly
  • Header with running head and page numbers on each page
  • References page

You can find the full list of requirements in this APA formatting checklist.

Send your completed essay to contest@custom-writing.org by the deadline given below. Late submissions will not be accepted.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST SCHEDULE

Start of Essay Writing Contest — October 10, 2016

Duration — 2 months

Final deadline for submission — midnight EST on December 10, 2016

Winners announcement — January 20, 2017

GRADING CRITERIA

Each participant can earn 100 points in total.

All works will be checked by the team of professional writers and editors at Custom-Writing.org.

Review the grading criteria below to make your essay perfect:

  • Correct APA style — 20 points
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation— 20 points
  • Focused content — 20 points
  • Clear expression of thought and style — 20 points
  • Strong organization — 20 points

ONLINE VOTING

On December 28, 2016, the best 15 essays will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog, where readers will have the opportunity to help us determine the three winners.

Each reader will be able to vote for his or her favorite essay by sharing it only once on each social media account: Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Online voting will last until midnight EST on January, 18, 2017.

Taking into consideration the results of online voting and the grades from our expert writers and editors, we will determine the final three winners of the Essay Writing Contest.

AWARDS

Winners will be announced on January 20, 2017, on the Custom-Writing Blog.

To receive a prize, winners must provide proof of enrollment. In case the winner is unable to provide proof of enrollment, the prize will be given to the next eligible participant.

 

 

 

 

http://custom-writing.org/blog/essay-writing-contest-by-custom-writing-org

Calling All Poets! Contest for YOU! All ages!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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Pencil writing Once Upon a time12th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

The 12th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Things My Parents Taught Me,” “The Best Gift I Ever Received,” “It Happened One Night,” “If I Were Rich And Famous,” and “You Can Count On Me.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible.  Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. 

Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available at the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website: www.libraryatlincoln.org under “NEWS.”

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 23, 2016.  Early submissions are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at slolowe@icloud.com for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA.  Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

 

 

 

Author Heather Mackey Speaks at the Cal Writers Mt Diablo Branch

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

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Congratulations to the winners of the CWC Young Writers Contest in Contra Costa County!

The Young Writers Contest Award Winners will be honored at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Special Guest speaker, Heather Mackey, will discuss “Turning Ideas into Stories.” She will cover story hunting, ideas, building a story, and why storytelling matters.

Heather Mackey is a kid’s lit author of fantasy adventure novels. Her books include Dreamwood, and the forthcoming The Shadow Clock. She is a member of the National Writing Project’s Writers Council, and consults with the online student writing community, Write the World.

Sign-in is 11:00 am.. Awards 11:30. Luncheon 12:15 pm. Speaker 1-2 pm. Registration is $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.
Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, May11th. Contact Robin Gigoux at ragig@aol.com. or by phone at (925) 933-9670. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation. For PayPal, click “Buy Now’ on the Mt. Diablo website: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.comnext-program/. Add a $2.00 transaction fee.
The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/

 

Middle Grade Students – Win $$ for your Writing AND Poetry Tips & Techniques

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Poetry Tips by Poets David Alpaugh and Aline Soules

Getting Started

Start by brainstorming—just as you would for any other project.  What’s on your mind?  What’s in your heart?  What moves you?  What do you care about?  Do your best to come up with your own idea.  This isn’t supposed to be a class assignment, but a chance to share a piece of yourself and practice your love of writing.

Start writing, even if you haven’t come up with your final idea yet.  This is called “free writing.”  It’s been said that if you write for seven to ten minutes, your brain will come up with an idea.

Once you’ve created your “raw material,” it’s time to begin writing your poem.  Now, we’ve moved from inspiration to perspiration, from free writing to craft.

Crafting Your Poem

 Poems are crafted—every word is chosen and placed in its position in the poem for a purpose.  You should never submit a rough or first draft because judges look for your ability to craft your poem and that can take many drafts.

 General craft ideas

  • Show, don’t tell
  • Be concrete and specific
  • Create original images—no clichés
  • Choose the right title (which may come any time in your process)

 Grammar, Usage, Word Play

  • Choose active verbs, e.g., “sit”, not “is seated” or “is sitting”; see if you can think up “punchier” verbs that make your point stronger.
  • Verbs and nouns are strong, while adjectives and adverbs are weak. Concentrate on verbs and nouns and use adjectives and adverbs sparingly.
  • Play around with your poem to make sure every word and its place in the poem are exactly right.  You can play “switcheroo”—move around words, phrases, clauses, whole stanzas to see what works best.

•    Must poems rhyme? No. Many of today’s best poets don’t use rhyme. If you want to write in rhyme, remember that it’s difficult to write well in rhyme. Make sure that your rhyming words make sense and move the poem forward. Rhyme for its own sake doesn’t work. (In most cases, rhyme is more effective for humorous rather than serious subjects.).

  • Highlight the best phrase or couple of phrases in your poem and see if you can bring the rest of your poem up to the same level.
  • Use repetition with care.  Make sure there’s a reason for using repetition.
  • When you think you’re done, see if you can cut out some words from your poem.  It’s easy to let too many “little” words slip in, like “the” and “a” and prepositions and conjunctions, when you don’t need them.  Poems should be “dense,” saying much in as few words as possible.
  • The best way to learn to write poetry well is to read poems by successful poets and pay attention to the way they use language. Poetry employs the same words as prose but is usually richer in imagery and figures of speech, particularly metaphor and simile.
  • After you’ve read a poem you love go back and re-read the first and last lines and ask yourself how the poet gets in and out of the poem? It’s usually most effective to rocket your reader into the heart of the poem instantly, without any introduction or wind-up. Last lines are most effective when they leave readers with something dramatic or memorable to think about.

 Layout

  • Experiment with line breaks.  Do you want short lines or long lines?  Choose the end of your lines with purpose every time.
  • Experiment with your stanzas, too.  Long, short?  What’s best to convey the meaning and feeling of your poem?
  • Another thing to avoid is centering your poem.  If there’s no reason inside the content of the poem to center it, don’t.  It may look “pretty” to you, but if it’s not appropriate to the poem, it shouldn’t be centered, but lined up along the left-hand side of the page.

 Sound

  • Listen to the sounds in your poem.  Are they hard? soft? What do you need in your poem?  Change words or move them around to get the sounds you want.
  • Listen to the rhythm of your poem.  Is it too sing-songy?  If so, make more changes.
  • Read your poem out loud or ask a friend to read it to you.  Does it sound the way it should?
  • Read your poem with a pause at the end of every line.  That will help you to see if your line breaks are in the right place.

Time

You can’t write a poem in a hurry.  Don’t try to write a new poem when the deadline’s due.  Give yourself a few weeks.  After you’ve written several drafts, set your poem aside and come back to it again in a couple of weeks.  Read it aloud and try some of the tips again.  You’ll be surprised at how much you can improve.

Submitting

Only submit a poem when you’re confident it’s the best you can do and it’s ready to go.  Judges can tell when a poem’s not ready, but they love to read the poems that are your very best effort.

For more information visit https://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/young-writers-contest/

 

Calling All Kids! Adventure Story Contest!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

What :  ”Totem Head’s 2015 Story Contest” 
      Sponsored by Adventure Write 

Who :  The contest is open to US residents under 19 years old. 
Note to parents :  If your child cannot write yet, you may type their words for them. 

Categories 
1. Ages 8 and under 
2. Ages 9-10 
3. Ages 11-12 
4. Ages 13-18 
5. Under 19 Mystery and Gothic Fiction 
6. Under 19 Story with a Poem (must be a narrative story with a poem–email us with questions) 

When :  Send your entry before 31 Dec 2015. 

Prizes 
One winner from each category will receive the following prizes. 
1. Publication on AdventureWrite.com/kids 
2. $50 cash 
3. Certificate of Achievement 

Judging :  Adventure Write will choose one winner from each category based on: 
1. Suitability for the Adventure Write Kid’s website 
2. Entertainment and Creativity 
3. Spelling, grammar and punctuation 

How to Enter 
1. Finish Totem Head’s Tutorial
2. Write a story in 1500 words or less.  Make your story appropriate for kids.  The first sentence should start with “So there I was”. 
3. Fill out a Contest Entry Form 
4. Scan and email your Contest Entry Form. SUBJECT line of email should be: Entrant Age or Category Entering / Entrant’s Name / Story Title 
5. Paste your story directly into the body of your email. 
6. Email your submission to:   contest@adventurewrite.com 
7. If you prefer, you may send your submission(s) through the mail to: 

Adventure Write – Story Contest 
P.O. Box 872241 
Wasilla AK 99687 

Important Tips 
1. Save a stamp!  You may send multiple entries in one envelope. 
2. Ask someone to proofread your story for spelling, grammar and punctuation. 
3. USE SPELLCHECK. 
4. Get feedback/corrections on your story from a friend, parent or teacher before penning your final draft. 
5. If you’re emailing your entry, make sure you attach your story AND entry form before hitting send. 

Mystery and Gothic Fiction Guidelines 
1. Write a story in 1500 words or less.  Make your story appropriate for kids.  The first sentence should start with “So there I was”. 
2. Stories must be tasteful and contain more mystery or suspense than gore.  Think Twilight Zone, Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. 
3. Think of it as a mysterious adventure story, without the happy ending–an ending with a lesson instead of warm fuzzies. 
4. A story will compete in ONE category. Contest judges will determine in which category an entry competes. 
5. If the contest judges determine that none of the entries in the gothic fiction category are suitable for The kid’s website, we will award no prize for that category. 

Story with a Poem Guidelines 
1. Write a story in 1500 words or less.  Make your story appropriate for kids.  The first sentence should start with “So there I was”. 
2. Stories must contain at least one stanza of poetry as part of your story. Maybe your main character finds a poem in her locker or on a map or writes a song…be creative! 
3. A story will compete in ONE category. Contest judges will determine in which category an entry competes. 
4. If the contest judges determine that none of the entries in the Story with a Poem category are suitable for The kid’s website, we will award no prize in that category. 

Please note :  All submissions become the property of Adventure Write, and we cannot return them. 

Winner Notification :  Adventure Write will announce winners on Facebook and notify winners via email and snail mail in March 2016.  We’ll post the winning stories on AdventureWrite.com/kids no later than 31 Mar 2016.