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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.

Why YOU should write your story!

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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My mother and a few siblings overcoming their past.

Family stories are important in sharing bonds with each other and imparting family history. But for children, appreciating family stories actually increases their self-esteem. Since kids learn from our stories, it’s important to write them down while we can.  And as truthfully as we can.

From small details to larger stories, my mother’s sister revised history.

“Mother and Father?” muttered my mom after my aunt shared a story about their parents.  “They were Ma and Pa in our family.”

Suddenly, gone were the lean years.  My grandfather never drank.  All was rosy in their past lives.

Why do families change their stories?

“It sounds better,” said my mom, of her sister’s tales.  “But it’s not true.”

“Mom,” I assured her.  “It wasn’t your fault you were poor and your pa was an alcoholic.”

Understanding why people act the way they do gives more layers of meanings to family stories. But for families sharing a legacy, the Pollyanna picture rather than grim reality is easier for them to face and they won’t have to fear possible judgement.

Actually sharing the less-than-picture-perfect tales are vital for family members.  We learn from longings, wishes, and regrets.  Cautionary tales show how to learn and move beyond mistakes, sorrows, and tragedies.  People grow from these experiences and strengthen bonds perhaps more than through the happy, contented moments in our lives.

“There’s nothing to writing,” said author Red Smith.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”

Writing Prompts:

  1.  Write about your life from the moment of your first memories.   Use photos to jog your memory.
  2. What was going on in the world during the time?  Your community?  Neighborhood? You may begin your stories chronologically, but you don’t have to stick to this format.   What moments in your life were emotional for you?  Why?  Your favorite moments, scary times, funny anecdotes, and tragedies all should be explored.
  3. Interview others in your life as you grew up.  What is their take on the experiences you shared together?
  4. Listen to music of the time.  Remember the foods you ate.  Senses help us to recall our thoughts and actions.

 

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/

 

B & N Wants to Discover YOU!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The Discover Great New Writers program celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2015, having introduced readers to more than 1,800 extraordinary literary talents – many of whom have gone on to become household names — since its inception in 1990.

Publishers, not authors, submit books and 60 are chosen as winners, presenting a total of $35.000 to six writers.

Recipients of the Discover Award include Anthony Marra, Justin St. Germain, Cheryl Strayed, Amanda Coplin, Ben Fountain, Chang-rae Lee, Joshua Ferris, Elizabeth McCracken, and Hampton Sides, among others.

Publishers recommend writers making a strong literary debut. Authors cannot submit their own work to the program; self-published writers and titles published via print-on-demand or available only as NOOK books are also ineligible for submission.

Literary fiction, short story collections and literary non-fiction, such as travel essays, memoirs, or other non-fiction with a strong narrative will be considered. Books should be intended for an adult or a young adult audience.

The Discover Great New Writers program does not publish original work; please do not submit unpublished manuscripts for consideration.

Single titles authored by more than one person are not eligible for consideration.

Submissions must be made at least three months prior to publication date.

Once selected, participation in Discover Great New Writers™ includes:

 

  • Face-out display in the Discover bay in each of our bookstores (length of display is usually 12 weeks)
  • An individual shelf-talker with a teaser line placed under each face-out
  • A 20% discount on Discover titles for the length of the promotion
  • Promotion online at www.bn.com/discover and The B&N Review as well as via consumer emails, @BNBuzz and @BNDiscover Twitter feeds, and Nook features for the Discover Award finalists and Discover Seasonal selections.
  • Special consideration for Discover-selected writers for in-store events and book group discussionsAdditionally,
  • Debuting authors and writers with fewer than three previously published books who have yet to receive a major literary award are eligible for consideration. Exceptions are sometimes made for authors who have published more titles, but have yet to break out to a larger audience. Submissions must be original publications, penned by one author.
  • Deceased authors and those previously featured in the Discover program are ineligible. Books submitted for a prior season and rejected will not be reconsidered.

    2015-2016 Submission Deadlines
Season
Submission Deadline
Late Fall (November-December 2015)
Spring 2016 (January-March 2016)
Summer 2016 (April-July 2016)
June 18, 2015
September 10, 2015
October 8, 2015
Contact

For further information on submissions, contact:

Miwa Messer
Director, Discover Great New Writers
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
122 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (212) 633-4067

 

Why Celebrity Books Are Actually Important & Why YOU Should Write a Memoir

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

 

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Candace Bergen.  Mariel Hemingway.  Jon Cryer.  And now Barbra Streisand has a new publishing deal for her life story.  So many celebrities have penned their autobiographies and memoirs it’s amazing when someone famous DOESN’T write one.  Many mid-list “real” writers grumble about million dollar advances and attention on big names who probably haven’t written their books. Of course at the end of the day, editors will highlight celebrity books because they sell well.

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Well, writers, I beg you to think of this situation in a new way.  Famous people’s books earn the most money for the publishers, financing them to purchase books from the rest of us.

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So what’s the difference between an autobiography and a memoir?  In an autobiography, the writer shares her entire life story.  A memoir focuses on one specific event or theme in the author’s life.  Memoirs can be written by ordinary people, who have a message they’ve gained from their experience.

Writing Prompts:

1.  Even if you don’t intend to write an autobiography or a memoir, you may discover much about your life, how to capture the deeper truths, and find themes and metaphors in your writing.  In addition, either or both of these books may be treasured to your family for historical, cultural, and personal reasons.  The people closest to you may say, “I never knew this happened to you!”  Sharing specific emotional anecdotes can help others realize they aren’t alone.

So write your autobiography.  Begin with incidents that stand out in your mind.  What was your earliest memory? Why do you think it is engraved in your mind?  Write the stories that require you to dig into your feelings.  Write the stories that made you laugh.

2.  Inspire your memories by looking at old photos.  Write about each one.  Answer journalistic type questions of where you were, why you were there, what you were doing who was with you . . . The simple idea of examining the other people in the photo should bring back images and ideas about them.  By using a photo as a jumping off point, you might discover lots of material to mine.  Those new essays can inspire even more memories.

3.  Play music from the time period of your youth.  Read books that occur during the time.  How did current events affect you?  Movies, music, and foods?  Immerse yourself in your childhood culture.

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$$ Essay Writing Contest $$ YOU can WIN!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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Essay Writing Contest

Want to try yourself in essay writing? Don’t miss the opportunity to receive the evaluation by professional writers and win a cash prize! Winners will be featured on our blog and social media pages.

Deadline

Essays are accepted from March 16, 2015 till May 17, 2015. Winners will be announced on May 25, 2015.

Rules

  • Your submission should be between 800 and 1,200 words and double-spaced
  • Essay should be written in English
  • Submit your work in the following format: Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf), PDF
  • By sending an essay, you confirm that your work is unique and previously unpublished. No plagiarism please!

Remember that we accept one submission per participant. No entry fee is required.

Topics

  1. Education in Digital Age: Opportunities and Threats
  2.  Creativity In School: How Art Can Be Leveraged
  3. Relevance Of Classic Literature For Today’s Students
  4. Do Colleges Actually Prepare Students For Successful Career?
  5. Writing Essays at College: Why It’s Important

Prizes

1st place – $400
2nd place – $250
3rd place – $150

How To Participate

Email your essay to [email protected]. Include your full name, date of birth, country and college/university name (if any). Subject line should be “JetWriters Essay Contest”. Attach your work and name it according to the topic you have chosen.

Share this opportunity on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and don’t forget adding #EssayContest and #EssayWritingContest.

If you have any questions, send them to [email protected] or leave a comment below.  For more information, visit http://jetwriters.com/essay-writing-contest/

Keep calm and write a winning essay!

Aussie Makes Me Cry: Saying Goodbye & Writing with Heart

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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Today we visited our local animal shelter to donate clean rugs and towels.   My husband and I could feel the sadness as we walked inside.  People held or stood near their beloved dogs.  All were cloaked in an aura of grief.

What were their stories?  The dogs weren’t puppies.  These owners weren’t dropping off a holiday pup just because they didn’t want to go through the bother of house training.  As we walked passed the cages, dogs made eye contact with me, their tails wagging, as if crying out, “Hey, look at me! See how cute I am! Take me home!”

“I’m so sorry,” I whispered.  “We can’t.”  Zoie, our nearly eighteen-year-old Yorkie, wouldn’t put up with it.  And we’re having our hands full giving her what she needs as she copes with her dementia, loss of hearing, sight, and other health issues. We must wait.

These dogs can’t.

On the way out of the yips, barks, and crying, I see an Australian shepherd sitting next to two men.   I knew the answer to my question before I asked it.  “Are you adopting?”

They shook their heads no.  I bent down and scratched the dog, who repaid me with kisses.

“My sister is on dialysis, and can no longer keep him.  There’s been a lot of sobbing and goodbyes.  It’s breaking our hearts,” said the man holding the leash, slumped toward the dog.  His anguish spilled out.

“I’m so sorry,” I said.

Before I could say another word, an official came over.  “It’s time.”  He grabbed the leash, and the shepherd knew.  He pulled back, alarmed with fear.

With tears in my eyes, I beat a hasty retreat.

Writing Prompts

  1. Saying goodbye to animals, people and even places may be emotional and heartbreaking.  Do any of the characters in your writing say goodbye?  In your own life?  Write a story with a character or yourself in this situation.
  2. I know it won’t be long now before I must say goodbye to Zoie.  Although I’m trying to brace myself, I know I’ll be bereft when it happens.  I’ve lost friends, relatives, and my parents. Each experience filled me with grief, but later, with time, became moments of memories.  Write a scene showing those moments of joy and memories.
  3. How does the loss affect you today?  Create a poem, song, story, or another genre of art which expresses you.
  4. Living through tough times may be helped by keeping a journal.  Write about what you and your loved ones are going through helps you survive, appreciate the special moments of joy, and be creative.

 

$ Essay Contest for High School Students $

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Calling all U.S. high school students/citizens, grades 9 – 12! 

Write an essay between 700 – 1000 words, “describing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official that occurred during or after 1956, the publication date of Profiles in Courage. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level.  John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.”

Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.  Essays must have a minimum of five sources.

Deadline: Before Monday, January 5, 2015.

Submit essays online (preferred) or by mail.  Entrants must also submit a registration form.

The winner receives $10,000 — a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. The winner and his or her family are invited to attend  the Profile in Courage Award ceremony to accept his/her award. The ceremony is held in May at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston  for the winning student and his or her parents.

A second place winner receives a $1,000 cash award.

Up to five finalists each receive a $500 cash award.

All winners receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.

The nominating teacher of the first place winner is also invited to attend the Profile in Courage Award ceremony and will receive the John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 for school projects encouraging student leadership and civic engagement.  Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston.

All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.

Winners and finalists will be notified by March 31. All participants will receive a letter announcing the winners and finalists by May 15.

For specific guidelines on writing the essay, source material, formats, and registration, visit http://www.jfklibrary.org/Events-and-Awards/Profile-in-Courage-Award/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx