Posts Tagged ‘Writing Contest’

Regarding Honorable Mentions

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

What are honorable mentions and who are getting them?

Honorable mentions are those entries that didn’t quite make 1, 2, or 3rd place in the contest but came close. They had something wonderful about their writing that is to be commended.

The honorable mentions will be mailed to the students. Every student who participated and who filled out their form clearly and correctly will receive acknowledgement from us within the next few weeks.

If anyone doesn’t hear, that means they forgot to fill out their form clearly. In one case (see a previous post) one girl didn’t fill out ANY form. I checked the envelope and it was a Kaiser envelope so THAT doesn’t help me either! So sadly, she will never hear from us. We have no way to reach her at all. Her entry couldn’t even be considered for the contest because we didn’t know what grade she was in.

Thanks for asking this question. It was a good one. I don’t think we mention it on our guidelines because there may not be room to put everything on one page!

Contra Costa Middle School Writing Contest Reminder

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Please share with any middle school student, teacher, parent, or librarian that may be interested. Thank you! Liz Koehler-Pentacoff Writer suggestions and questions? See our website

California Writers Club
Mt. Diablo Branch, Contra Costa County


A search for Young Voices who want to be heard in print.



Home Address__________________________________________________________________________

Number and Street City Zip

Home Phone_______________________________E-mail Address ______________________


First and Last Name of your English Teacher________________________________________________________________

Manuscript Title__________________________________________________________________________________

Manuscript category – please check one:

¨ Short Story (up to 5 pages typed, double-spaced) ¨Poem (up to 30 lines, need not be double-spaced)

¨ Personal Narrative/Essay (up to 3 pages, typed, double-spaced)

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

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

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. No staples. Paper clips only.

3. Put your name in the upper left-hand corner of each page. Number each 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, Title, Category. 5. Deadline for submission is 4/01/09. Winners will be announced when judging is complete.


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 Betty Tenney Essay Award of $100 will be given to the best personal narrative/essay in each of grade. Second and third place prizes may be awarded in this category at the judges’ discretion. Prizes will be presented to winners on May 9, 2009, at a lunch banquet. A published author will speak. Parents are welcome.

TEACHERS: We are striving to encourage individual creativity and expression. Do not to send entire class assignments. Teachers of winning students will be invited to attend the May 9 banquet.

Scholastic Novel Writing Contest for Kids!

Friday, March 6th, 2009
Grades 7 – 12
Due March 13