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Contra Costa County Middle and High School Writing & Art Contest!

Monday, February 29th, 2016
ANNOUNCING
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center’s

19th Annual
ART & WRITING CHALLENGE

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Topic: “Cherish these natural wonders”
   
President Theodore Roosevelt said, “Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
 
Today, as we face global warming and climate change, these words are more pressing than ever before.
 
How can our art help us as we raise our voice to stop climate change and the environmental destruction of our planet? Using your unique, artistic voice, create a visual and/or literary interpretation of cherishing and protecting the natural wonders and resources of our planet.
 
NEW PRIZES THIS YEAR INCLUDE GRAND PRIZES 
AND IN EACH SEPARATE CATEGORY!

WINNERS WILL ALSO BE RECOGNIZED
AT AN AWARDS DINNER!
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 [email protected] with the subject line “Art & Writing Contest 2016″.                                                                            
  
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.  For video entries, please send as an email attachment or mail in a DVD. 
 
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 [email protected].
 
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:  Friday, April 22, 2016 
 
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center reserves the right to reprint and exhibit all entries.
Visit www.creatingpeacefulschools.weebly.com for the required forms to submit with your writing/art.

 Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center

55 Eckley Lane,  Walnut Creek, California 94596

(925) 933-7850  www.ourpeacecenter.org is a tax deductible 501(c)(3) organization

Calling All High School Students! $5000 Essay Writing Contest!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize

 Submission window: Jan. 1–Feb. 28, 2016

The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize returns for its second year! This time, we’re looking for exceptional high school student essays that insightfully analyze and interpret a meaningful work of art.

Our understanding of the human experience is enhanced by the study of significant historical artifacts. When we interact with art — when we learn about it, think about it, write and talk about it — we participate in a larger, ongoing conversation about culture and society. The 2016 Writing Prize contest invites you to be part of this conversation.

Your essay should share your perspective on the artwork you choose to write about, and it should also include evidence that backs up your conclusions. We’re looking for writing that is both interesting and instructive, and that clearly communicates your experience with the artwork and your views on it.

Essays should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words and can be submitted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2016. You’ll need to ask a teacher-sponsor to approve and submit your essay; see How to Enter for more on that. We’ll select one student winner who will earn a $5,000 prize and have his or her essay published in the September 2016 issue of The Atlantic.

For more information, visit CollegeBoardWritingPrize.org

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/

 

High School Students Win Art/Animation/Writing/Music Scholarships!

Monday, January 11th, 2016

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Do you have interests in music, video and film visual arts, dance, creative writing, or animation?  If so, California State Summer School for the Arts may be for you.  From July 9 through August 5, 2016, professionals will offer their expertise in these areas to high school students.  Held at CalArts in Valencia, California, the tuition is $1700 for California residents and $5200 for out-of-state residents.  Full and partial scholarships are available for first-time California residents!

In addition, students can receive 3 units of college extension credit from the California State University system.

Applications must be completed by February 29, 2016.
For application details, visit https://www.csssa.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter Farmer’s Almanac’s 2016 Essay Contest!

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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The 2016 Essay Contest Topic

U.S. Readers:  “A New U.S. National Holiday We Need—and Why” 

Canadian Readers: “A New Canadian National Holiday We Need—and Why”

Cash prizes (first, $250; second, $150; third, $100) will be awarded for the best essay (in 200 words or less).

Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2016. Winners will be contacted and published in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac and published on Almanac.com.

All entries become the property of Yankee Publishing, which reserves all rights to the material.

Enter here:

http://www.almanac.com/content/2016-essay-contest

$$$ for your Essay!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

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Why compete in EssayMama Essay Writing Contest?

Get cash.

  • 1st place – $550
  • 2nd place – $400
  • 3rd place – $250

Get published.

Get fame and popularity! Three best works will be published on the EssayMama Blog.

Get discovered.

Share your writing spirit and talent with the world!

Deadline and Judging Criteria

Deadline –  February 19, 2016.

Essays will be checked by EssayMama team of professional writers and editors from March 1, 2016 till March 8, 2016. Scale – from 0 to 100 points. You can get extra points for extra social sharing (see the information below).

The final results will be announced on March 9, 2016. The winning essays will be published on EssayMama blog. Each winner will receive a personal email alert.

How to enter EssayMama Winter Essay Writing Contest?

To enter the contest you need to “like” EssayMama Facebook Page and share the post about EssayMama Writing Contest on your own Facebook page OR to follow EssayMama Twitter Profile and retweet the tweet about EssayMama Writing Contest. When submitting your essay via email, please, add a screenshot where you like EssayMama page and share the post about contest.

ATTENTION!

You can get extra points for extra social sharing! Share/follow/like other EssayMama social profiles (Google+TumblrPinterest) and get more points to your essay score! Page follow – 5 extra points, post sharing – 2 extra points.Send us screenshots where you like EssayMama pages and posts.

Submission Guidelines

Type Essay (800 – 1300 words) – one participant can send only one essay!

Topics:

  1. How Necessary Is a College Education For You?
  2. Why Do We Enjoy Watching Rich People on TV and in the Movies?
  3. Does ‘Shame and Blame’ Method Work to Change Student’s Behavior?
  4. Are Anti-smoking Advertisements Effective?
  5. How Concerned Are You About Where Your Food Comes From?
  6. Which Is More Important: Talent or Hard Work?
  7. Can a Video Game Be a Work of Art?
  8. Is Academic Cheating Getting Worse?

Language English only

Formats .doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx

100% unique All submissions will be checked via PlagTracker.

Participation in the contest automatically constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and the rejection of any claim.

Mail title should be [EssayMama Essay Writing Winter Contest], your name.

Submit to [email protected]

Visit http://www.essaymama.com/contests/#sthash.eQHP34mi.dpuf

Writers! Win $1000 for your short story, essay and poem!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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Hourglass Literary Magazine invites all authors and  writers who write in English, to submit their unpublished work to their writer contest.

Categories:  Short story, essay, and poetry.

Award: $1000 for each category.

No theme or genre limitations.  

For more information visit  www.hourglassonline.org or write: [email protected]

Deadline:  January 1, 2016

The literary contest is for authors who write in English and Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian and Montenegrin languages.

Calling All Kids and Teens! Art Contest for YOU!

Friday, July 24th, 2015

IMG_6759The California State Parks Foundation is offering an art contest for youth aged 4 – 18.   Why do you think state parks are great places?  Guidelines state “Posters should be no smaller than 8 inches x 10 inches and no larger than 11 inches x 17 inches.   Almost any kind of paper can be used, and we encourage use of chalk, ink, marker, photography, paint, or more.”

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Winners receive prize packages, including $50 gift cards from Subway!  Posters will be displayed online at calparks.org and featured in their publications and media.

Postmark your entry by September 8, 2015.  Winners will be announced in October 2015.

Visit http://www.calparks.org/whatwedo/advocacy/youthartcontest/ for the entry form which must be accompanied by the art submission.

 

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Write an essay and win $500!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

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EssayMama Writing Contest is a great opportunity for both young and experienced writers to express themselves. So don’t hesitate – enter the contest and win great prizes! Entry Fee – $ 0!

Why compete in EssayMama Essay Writing Contest?

Get cash.

  • 1st place – $500
  • 2nd place – $350
  • 3rd place – $200

Get published.

Get fame and popularity! Three best works will be published on the EssayMama Blog.

Get discovered.

Share your writing spirit and talent with the world!

Terms and Conditions

Deadline - October 1, 2015. Submit your essays from July 6 till October 1, 2015.

Judging Criteria

Essays will be checked by EssayMama team of professional writers and editors from October 1, 2015 till October 8, 2015. Scale – from 0 to 100 points. You can get extra points for extra social sharing (see the information below).

The final results will be announced on October 9, 2015. The winning essays will be published on EssayMama blog. Each winner will receive a personal email alert.

How to enter EssayMama Essay Writing Contest?

To enter the contest you need to “like” EssayMama Facebook Page and share the post about EssayMama Writing Contest on your own Facebook page OR to follow EssayMama Twitter Profile and retweet the tweet about EssayMama Writing Contest.

Link to your shared post/tweet is the ‘entry fee’ to the competition, so do not forget to add it to your letter!

ATTENTION!

You can get extra points for extra social sharing! Share/follow/like other EssayMama social profiles and get more points to your essay score! You can find the links to EssayMama social profiles in the sidebar. Page follow – 5 extra points, post sharing – 2 extra points.

Submission Guidelines

Type Essay (800 – 1300 words) – one participant can send only one essay!

Topics:

  1. What is the role of social media in education?
  2. A college student’s dilemma: to study or to work?
  3. Online learning: is it effective nowadays?
  4. Why don’t teens read like they used to?
  5. Importance of essay writing in education
  6. What are the effects of illiteracy for the civilization??
  7. The ideal education system: what does it look like?
  8. Causes and effects of academic procrastination

Language English only

Formats .doc, .rtf, .odt, and .docx

100% unique All submissions will be checked via PlagTracker.

 Participation in the contest automatically constitutes your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and the rejection of any claim.

 Mail title should be [EssayMama Essay Writing Summer Contest], your name.

Submit to contest[at]essaymama.com

For more information visit  http://www.essaymama.com/contests/

 

Attention ALL Poets! You’ve got 53 Days to be a WINNER!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

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2015 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

It’s YOUR turn to win a contest and build your writing resume!

The countdown  is here!  53 days until the end of the contest!   Enter YOUR poem by July 25, 2015.

1. Poets wanted! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected in each contest category.
2. The five (5) contest categories include the following: Only In America, Happy Endings, Strange But True, Unforgettable,
and If Pets Could Talk.
3. Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from
each.
4. Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
5. Poems should be typewritten and not centered (read left to right). Please use the Arial font 12-point. The title should be listed
at the top of the poem and the category should be included at the top right corner of the poem. The name of the poet should
not be included on the poem.
6. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets”
category. Young poets should follow the same rules as noted above. However, they should include their age, grade and
school on the Entry Form.
7. All poems must be submitted on hard copy to the address listed on the Entry Form below and must be received no later than
Saturday, July 25, 2015.
8. Early submissions are appreciated. A separate Entry Form should be attached to the hard copy of each poem submitted.
Duplication of the form is permitted. Questions—contact Alan Lowe at [email protected]
9. The top three winners in each category will be contacted by phone. Winners will be asked to submit their poems
electronically, by email attachment. Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at the Voices of Lincoln
event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges (Willow Room), 485 Twelve Bridges Drive,
Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.
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2015 VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST
ENTRY FORM
(One Per Poem – PLEASE PRINT)