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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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:   [email protected] 
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. 

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/

 

$$ Essay Writing Contest $$ 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!

Strange but True . . . Calling All Poets!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Chicks swim after dog
If your pet could talk
, what would he say?

Ever had a Strange But True experience?

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Who or what has been Unforgettable in your life?

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Have a Happy Ending to a story?

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Get out your pen or fire up your computer for the 11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest. 

11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

The 11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Only In America,” “Happy Endings,” “Strange But True,” “Unforgettable,” and “If Pets Could Talk.” 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.

If you would like a PDF copy of the Entry Form (including contest rules) to print copies needed for submission or have questions about the contest, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at [email protected]

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Early submissions are appreciated.

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. 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.

 

11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

 

The 11th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially began in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Only In America,” “Happy Endings,” “Strange But True,” “Unforgettable,” and “If Pets Could Talk.” 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.

If you would like a PDF copy of the Entry Form (including contest rules) to print copies needed for submission or have questions about the contest, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at [email protected]

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 25, 2015.  Early submissions are appreciated.

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. 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.

 

Fifth Grade Story Contest!

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

THE BERKELEY BRANCH of the CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB is proud to sponsor the
29th ANNUAL FIFTH GRADE STORY CONTEST for fifth grade students in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Teachers in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties may submit one story per student by any number of students.
ENTRY FEE IS $1.00 PER SUBMISSION.
1st Place will receive $100 2nd Place will receive $75 3rd Place will receive $50
and up to nine 4th-Place winners will receive $20.
All winners will be awarded certificates at a special ceremony, May or June date TBA. We will also present the teacher of the 1st-‐place winner with a cash award of $50.
Deadline: March 30, 2015
Winners will be announced May 15 on the Berkeley CWC website www.cwc-‐berkeley.org.
CONTEST RULES:
1. Only teachers may submit entries. Entries from students or parents are not accepted.
2. Stories must be original and the student’s own work.
3. Only one entry per student may be submitted. Teachers may submit any number of entries.
4. Entries must be typed, 12 point font, double-‐spaced, and may not exceed 1,000 words in length.
5. Postmark cannot be later than March 30, 2015.
6. Send to Story Contest 2320 Webster St. Berkeley CA 94705
7. Entries cannot be returned.
8. Please don’t send covers or artwork.
9. First page must include title of the story and the word count.
10. Do not write author’s name anywhere on the story.
11. On a separate sheet write the story’s title, student’s name, teacher’s name and email, and school’s name and address. (This sheet will be removed during judging.)
To help students produce their best work, we suggest that teachers encourage their students to consult guides on elements of the short story, such as http://www.coreygreen.com/storytips.html.
QUESTIONS? EMAIL [email protected]
The CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB is a 501(c) (3) educational nonprofit dedicated to educating members and the public-‐at-‐large in the craft of writing and in the marketing of their work.

Pets and Poetry

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Calling all kids in third through eighth grades! 

The American Pet Products Association’s non-profit campaign, Pets Add Life (PAL) will accept submissions for the 7th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest beginning September 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015Students in grades 3rd through 8th grades are encouraged to write poems about the joys and benefits of owning pets of all types for a chance at top prizes. 

One student from each grade level nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a byline in a nationally circulated publication or online outlet.  Additionally, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education or to support a classroom pet.

Participants can submit poems via PAL’s Facebook page at facebook.com/petsaddlife, online at www.PetsAddLife.org or mail final poems and submission forms to:

Pets Add Life

661 Sierra Rose Dr.

Reno, NV  89511

Deadline:  January 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. E.S.T.

Teachers within the contest grade levels may submit poems in one entry on behalf of their classroom. 

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Congratulations to 2014 California Writers Club Young Writers Contest Winners!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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2014 California Writers Club Young Writers Contest Winners

The Betty Tenney Memorial Essay/Personal Narrative Awards 

6th Grade

1st  Dalia Horta  for “Lone TreeBeach”

EllerhorstSchool: Michael Gerhardt, Teacher

2nd  Sierra Dabby  “Green Gross Monsters”

Martinez: Sharon Francis

3rd  Joceyln Berry  “Rain: A Blessing from God”

FHEAcademy: Ginger Beckstead

7th Grade  “Planet of Miracles”

1st  Emma Rust

Orinda: Cecilia Kilmartin

2nd  Katie Lyons  “All Tied Up”

Orinda: Cecilia Kilmartin

3rd  Blaire Murphy  “Jumping into My Fears”

Orinda: Cecilia Kilmartin

 8th Grade

 1st  Kiki Immel  “Danger on the Trail”

Orinda: Barbara Gunderson 

2nd  Lauren Russell  “This is It”

Windemere: Robin Russell 

3rd  Yukta Rakesh  “A Heavenly Ballet”

 Windemere: Robin Russell 

Poetry

6th Grade

 1st  Liann Bielicki  “Color the Flowers”

Iron Horse: Rebecca Tenelshof 

2nd  Julia Little  “Writer’s Block”

Pleasant Hill: Lynn Buckingham 

3rd  Enya Pan  “Flowing Like the River”

Windemere: Erika Eastman 

 7th Grade

 1st  Isabel Hinchliff  “To Cross a Cat”

Joaquin Moraga: Stephen Nicolini 

2nd  Elisa Fang  “A Footprint”

Windemere: Susanna Halliday Miller

3rd  Chinasa Mbanugo  “Roses”

Dorris Eaton: Melissa Parker 

8th Grade 

1st Isabelle Jia  “Iced”

Windemere: Mitchell Jensen 

2nd  Isabelle Jia  “Spill the Shots”

Windemere: Mitchell Jensen 

3rd  Victor Wu  “I Play Keyboard for the Internet”

Canterbury: Jeanne Wong 

Short Story

 6th Grade

 1st  Grace Corrigan  “The Mystery of Angelica”

Foothill: Mr. Hoshow

 2nd  Asha Jotwani  “Lost Hearts”

Windemere: Deborah Robinson

 3rd  Liann Bielicki  “Doll”

Iron Horse: Rebecca Tenelshof 

 7th Grade

 1st  Rivca Chaver  “Cherry Blossoms”

Tehiyah Day: Stephanie Piper 

2nd  Aaron Ouyang  “The Spark”

Dorris Eaton: Melissa Parker 

3rd  Emily Moreira  “Ward 21”

PineValley: Mrs. Ciriaco 

 8th Grade

 1st  Benjamin Tan  “Wildflower”

Windemere: Mary Blasquez 

2nd  Ingrid Lam  “Bittersweet”

PineValley: Kimberly Murray 

3rd  Alexandra Reincecke  “The Chasers”

Orinda: Barbara Gunderson

 Humor

6th Grade

 Morgan Micallef  “Butterfingers”

Walnut Creek: Tina Ahmed 

7th Grade

 Hannah Brown  “My Lotus Flower and My Odysseus (The Story of My Life)”

Orinda: Cecilia Kilmartin

Looking forward to meeting all of you at the banquet!