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Story Writing Competition for Children

Contest Name: 500 WORDS returns to Radio 2 for 2015!
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The Chris Evans Breakfast Show’s 500 Words story-writing competition returns to Radio 2 for a fifth year in 2015.

Get Reading. Get Writing. Get Inspired.

500 WORDS asks children aged 13 and under up and down the UK to put pen to paper to compose an original work of fiction using no more than 500 words.

Children will be able to submit their stories via the entry form on the 500 WORDS website at bbc.co.uk/500words. Listen out to the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Monday 19th January for details on how to submit your story and how to become a volunteer judge.

The competion promotes literacy among children, encouraging them to explore their creativity through writing and reading, providing them with a wealth of tips from published writers and other resources (including the Alphabot v2.0) to support their learning.

As well as these online tips and tools, Radio 2 will be beaming 500 WORDS into classrooms around the country, as Chris Evans will be holding a special Story Laboratory in a special webcast on Wednesday 21st January at 11am.

Every single story submitted will be read by a brilliant, book-loving army of librarians and teachers from around the UK. The Reading Agency are back on board, to shortlist the Top 50, and the competition’s panel of best-selling authors return to Radio 2 HQ in early May to pick three medal winners in two categories: 5 – 9 years old; and 10-13 years old.

The top 50 authors will all be invited to the 500 WORDS Final on Friday 29 May to hear the winners announced live on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

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News-O-Matic’s Journey Writing Contest 2015

Catogories:  students 10 years old or younger. The other is for students between the ages of 11 and 13.
Deadline: December, 2014
Prize:Calling all writers! Win a $50 iTunes gift card and become a published author!

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 News-O-Matic’s Journey Writing Contest 2015

Ring in the New Year by becoming a published author! Enter News-O-Matic’s Journey to the Future contest for a chance to win $50 iTunes gift card!

The writing contest for kids promotes literacy and storytelling — while getting kids excited about the future. Enter the contest and have kids read the story from across the globe!

Contest Rules

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NEWS-O-MATIC FUTURE WRITING CONTEST DETAILS/RULES

WHO:There are TWO writing contests! One is for students 10 years old or younger. The other is for students between the ages of 11 and 13. This contest is open to children in any country in the world.

WHAT: Write a New Year’s story — set in the year 3015! Anything can happen in the futuristic tale. Just make sure that it’s no more than 250 words. Any piece longer WILL NOT be accepted.

All submissions must be original work. There is no charge to enter, so submit as many stories as you’d
like! Submit alone or submit as part of a group.

WHEN: All entries must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. (ET) on December 18, 2014.
Winners will be announced at the start of the New Year.

HOW: Send in your entry using the form on the website.
Be sure to include your name, a guardian’s e-mail address, and a name for your story.
WHY: Two grand-prize winners will be publishedin a News-O-Maticarticle. (There will be one for each age range: 10 and younger and 11 to 13. Each will win a $50 iTunes gift card!)

The grand-prize winners and three finalists for each age range will get a News-O-Matic
prize pack including a water bottle, stickers, and more! And their storieswill be published on press4kids.com.
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All entrants will receive a News-O-Matic certificate just for entering!

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2015 Short Story Writing Competitions for Junior

Contest Name: 8th Annual Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest
Deadline: June 30, 2015

Age Categories: Category 1 Ages 19 – 21
Category 2 Ages 17 – 18
Category 3 Ages 15 – 16
Category 4 Ages 13 – 14
Category 5 Ages 11 – 12
Category 6 Ages 9 – 10

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2015 Short Story Writing Competitions for Junior

Category 1 Ages 19 – 21*
Top 8 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website. First place writer will be published on this website and receive a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas. All finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below.

*You can be no more than 21 years old on June 30, 2014.

Category 2 Ages 17 – 18
Top 8 writers will each receive certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website. First place writer will be published on this website and receive a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas. All finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below.

“Not just an instruction manual, and not just a fantasy novel, this book combines two completely different genres into one wholly enjoyable read that I highly recommend for any person pursuing a writing career.”

Category 3 Ages 15 – 16


Top 8 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website. First place writer will be published on this website and receive a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas. All finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below.

Category 4 Ages 13 – 14

Top 8 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website. First place writer will be published on this website and receive a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas. All finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below.

Category 5 Ages 11 – 12


Top 8 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website. First place writer will be published on this website and receive a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas. All finalists will receive a certificate of achievement. See rules below.

Category 6 Ages 9 – 10


Top 8 writers will each receive a certificate of achievement and be acknowledged on this website. First place writer will be published on this website and receive a signed paperback copy of Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published by Laura Michelle Thomas. 

2015 International Junior Authors Short Story Writing Contest Rules

Please read the rules and follow them carefully or your story will not be judged.

  • Contest closes at midnight on June 30, 2015 (Pacific Time). Late entries not accepted.
  • FREE to enter If you wish to have feedback on your story and find out your score, you need to purchase the feedback option for $15 CAD in the LTC Store. Details are below the rules. 
  • One story per person.
  • Story must be in English.
  • Contest is open to anyone between 9 and 21 years old as of June 30, 2015. Proof of age may be required.
  • It does not matter where you call home. Entries from every country are welcome.
  • Your story can be about anything you like. Be creative, be bold and have fun. We don’t judge the subject of your story, just how well you write it. But remember that it will be judged according to the criteria for a short story. This is not a contest for scripts, poems, essays or other types of writing. Please send your best work. Revise. Edit. No first drafts please.
  • Maximum length is 1,000 words. Stories longer than 1,000 words will not be judged, no exceptions. Your title and contact information do not count toward the 1,000 words. Edit your story down to 1,000 words. Cut all empty or extra words that do not add to setting, plot, or characterization.
  • Formatting. No images, illustrations or fancy fonts. Keep it easy to read. Not sure which font to use? Try Times New Roman 12 point. Please view a sample of the recommended way to format your manuscript. Watch this video by Laura to see common manuscript formatting mistakes.
  • Include the following information at the top of the first page of your story. Stories that do not have this information at the top of the first page will not be judged, no exceptions.
  1. Word count
  2. Name
  3. Age on June 30, 2015
  4. Email address
  5. Mailing address
  6. Phone number
  7. Title
  8. Privacy Note: Your contact information is only used for communicating contest information to you. After the winners are announced, your contact information will be deleted from our records. If you wish to stay in touch year-round, or find out about writing opportunities or submission calls, please sign up for our mailing list.
  • [Entry form will be available on April 1, 2015] Please use the online entry form to submit your short story. Complete the online entry form and upload your story in one of these file formats:doc, docx or pdf. If you try to upload your story in a different format, we will not be able to access the file and your story will not be entered in the contest. Once you upload your story, you will receive a welcome email from laura@laurathomascommunications.com within approximately one hour.

Feedback Option

  • If you would like feedback from Laura on your story, and to know your score (broken down into its component marks), please purchase the $15 CAD feedback option in the LTC Store prior to the contest deadline. NOTE: If you do not purchase the feedback option you will not find out your score or receive any feedback from Laura. Not even the winners or finalists find out their score or get feedback unless they have purchased the feedback option.
  • Copyright, Judging and Tips
  • Copyright. If your story wins, you will keep the rights to it. We will ask you for permission to publish your story on this website for others to enjoy and learn from. However, the story remains your property and you are free to submit it elsewhere.
  • Judging. Each story is judged on its literary merit as a short story including: story structure (plot, characters, setting, point of view), description, style, grammar, and unity. We look at the title of your short story and how well it fits your theme and tone to get your unity score.
  • Tips. If you have read Polly Wants to Be a Writer, then you know that you should not be submitting a first draft. Revise. Proofread. Format properly. Then follow the rules and submit. No lumps of clay please. You can also read the stories that have won in the past or browse the jaBlog! archives. We have a lot of article in there dealing with writing short stories and with judges’ comments from past short story contests.
  • Manuscript Formatting. Not sure how to best format your story? You can watch this You Tube video on formatting that I created shortly after I judged the 2013 Junior Authors Short Story Contest.

IMPORTANT 2015 DATES

June 30 – Deadline
July 31 – Finalists Announced
August 28 – Winners Announced
September 1 – 30 – Feedback is emailed
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Literature Contest For Student – 2015

Writing Contest Ogranizer:ER Energy Propane
Deadline:  Dec. 15 & Jan. 15, 2015.
Contest Name: Literature Contest

Categories: Writer Contest for Studens
Level 1 for grades 4-6;
Level 2 for grades 7-8;
and Level 3 for grades 9-12.

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An annual national contest encouraging students to write about a favorite or influential book is under way.

The Letters About Literature competition encourages young readers to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead, and explain how a particular book by an author changed their view of the world or themselves. The contest, co-sponsored by the Washington State Library, is for schoolchildren and homeschooled students in grades 4-12.

State Librarian Rand Simmons says Letters About Literature is a favorite program for him and the State Library staff.

“We’re very pleased that the contest has grown in popularity over the past decade,” Simmons said. “Many teachers encourage their students to take part, and we hope that even more kids write and enter a letter this year. It’s amazing how books can touch students and help them view the world in a different way.”

“I encourage all students to read because it’s so fundamental to learning and it gives them a strong foundation to succeed in school and life. Letters About Literature allows kids to think about how a favorite book touches them and then put their thoughts and feelings into words. I’m amazed by the many wonderful, heartwarming letters submitted over the years, and I look forward to reading more thanks to this year’s contest,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

Students enter the contest by writing a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work shaped the students’ perspective on the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. They cannot write about music lyrics. Entries in Spanish will be accepted and translated for the Washington state judges.

Letter writers compete at three levels:
Level 1 for grades 4-6;
Level 2 for grades 7-8;
and Level 3 for grades 9-12.

Entrants must be at least 9 years old. One letter from each level from each state is entered into the national competition.

Deadline:
All Level 3 entries must be postmarked by Dec. 15.
All entries for Levels 1 and 2 must be postmarked by Jan. 15, 2015.

The state’s winners will be announced in April. A ceremony to honor the Washington champions, runners-up and honorable mentions will be held at the State Capitol in Olympia later in the spring.

The contest’s other sponsors include the Office of Secretary of State and the Center for the Book, operated by the Library of Congress. The State Library is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.

An entry coupon must accompany each letter. Entry coupons and guidelines can be found at.
http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/library/lal/LALGuidelines2015.pdf.
Completed forms should be stapled to the last page of the letter. Entries should be mailed to:

Letters About Literature Contest

Competition Level (Indicate Level 1, 2 or 3)
P.O. Box 5308
Woodbridge, VA 22194

State judges select the top letter writer for each level, and the winner receives a cash award and advances to the national competition.

For more information about the contest, contact the State Library’s Crystal Lentz at (360) 704-5275 or crystal.lentz@sos.wa.gov.

source information: here

see also:

Writing Contest for High School and College Students
Nonfiction Writing Contest For Student – 2015