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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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Writing Contest – 2015 Environmental Law Mooting Competitions

Contest Name: UKELA MOOTING COMPETITIONS 2015
Organizer: The United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
Prize: Tropy & Money
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Writing Contest – 2015 Environmental Law Mooting Competitions 

The United Kingdom Environmental Law Association, UKELA, is pleased to announce the opening of entries for the 2015 Environmental Law Mooting Competitions.

Entering the UKELA moots is a great opportunity for those interested in developing their advocacy skills. You don’t have to be an environmental law expert to enter, but you do need to be an enthusiast for mooting. In order to help you prepare for entering this, or any other mooting competition, UKELA hopes to offer moot training at venues in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh prior to the deadline for submissions. There is no obligation to enter if you attend the training (or to attend the training if you want to enter the competitions). Training is free and will be held in sessions in the evening. We are currently arranging the dates and these will be available shortly at www.ukela.org.

The finals of both Mooting Competitions will be held before Lord Carnwath, Justice of the Supreme Court, UKELA’s President, in the first half of March 2015.

We have some great prizes:

  • A trophy for each winning team to take back and display at your institution;
  • A prize of £150 from No5 Chambers for each winning team, as well as an offer of a one-month internship at No5 Chambers for the winners of the Senior Competition and an offer of a one-week mini-pupillage at No5 Chambers for the winners of the Junior Competition;
  • Free membership of UKELA for all finalists for one year;
  • A free one year subscription to the four winners to the leading journal, Environmental Law and Management, kindly provided by Lawtext Publishing.

There are two mooting competitions:

a. The Lord Slynn of Hadley Mooting Competition (the Senior Competition), which is open to all those who, as of 31st December 2014, are in pupillage, a trainee solicitor, on the bar vocational course or legal practice course, or those who have completed the bar vocational course or legal practice course but have not yet secured a pupillage or a place as a trainee solicitor.
b. The UKELA Student Prize Moot (the Junior Competition), which is open to those who, as of 31st December 2014, do not qualify for the Lord Slynn Mooting Competition but who are studying for a degree (including a graduate degree, e.g. LLM or a non-law degree), or taking the GDL. If you have completed a vocational course you are not able to enter the Student Moot.

Where the question of whether an individual qualifies for either the Senior or Junior Competition is unclear, the matter will be referred to the Master of the Moot for a final determination.

The Rules

Teams consist of two members. An institution may enter more than one team. Teams may be comprised of competitors from different institutions. Note that, where you cannot find an appropriate mooting partner, you can approach UKELA to enter as an individual and we will make best efforts to match you with a mooting partner (although we cannot guarantee being able to form a team on your behalf).

If one member of a team that has made it through to the semi-finals drops out before finals day, the Master of the Moot reserves the right to substitute another team, or another individual from another team to make up a new team. We encourage you to try to keep the same team members throughout the process.

Each team should submit two skeleton arguments, one on behalf of the Appellants and one on behalf of the Respondent. No more than four authorities may be cited in each skeleton. Each skeleton argument should be no more than six pages of A4 paper. The font should be Times New Roman, size 12, with 1.5 line spacing. Paragraphs and pages should be numbered. The skeleton arguments should not include any contact name or name of an institute to which you belong. The purpose of this rule is to ensure that judges can assess the skeletons without associating the skeleton with a particular person or institution.

4. A copy of the skeleton argument and the student competitions entry form sheet should be forwarded by email to Alison Boyd <alisonboyd.ukela@ntlbusiness.com> no later than 4pm on 26 January 2015.

5. The semi-finalists will be selected on the basis of the skeleton arguments. All competitors will be notified of the selection outcome during week commencing 9 February 2015. The semi-finals and finals will be held in London in March 2015 in week commencing 9 March or 16 March.

6. The Master of the Moot reserves the right to change the rules of the competition without notice as she thinks fit and her decision is final. She will also rule on any questions concerning who qualifies for which competition and her decision is final.


If you would like some Moot training (no requirement to enter the competition) we are pleased to offer the following dates:

  • London (No5 Chambers, 4-7 Salisbury Court, EC4Y 8AA) – Thursday 4 December 2014, 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Birmingham (No5 Chambers, Fountain Court, Steelhouse Lane, B4 6DR) – Thursday 4 December 2014, 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Edinburgh (Faculty of Advocates, Mackenzie Building, 172 High Street) – Tuesday 13 January 2015, 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Bristol (No5 Chambers, 38 Queen Square, BS1 4QS) – Wednesday 14 January 2015, 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Source: Here
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2015 Writing Contest For Students in the Ireland

Contest Name: EASON CREATES COMPETITION
Prize: First prize will receive €1,500

Deadline: 9 January 2015
Category: Junior cycle – 1st Year to Junior Cert

Senior cycle – Transition Year to Leaving Cert

Open to: All 2nd level students in the Republic of Ireland

Writing Contest For StudentsMore..

Following on from the hugely successful Eason Spelling Bee, which has seen over 1000 primary schools take part in our national spelling competition, we are delighted to launch a new creative writing competition aimed at secondary school students.

The competition is open to all 2nd level students in the Republic of Ireland, with entrants divided into two groups:

Junior cycle – 1st Year to Junior Cert
Senior cycle – Transition Year to Leaving Cert

Entrants can write on any subject matter with an agreed maximum word count of 1000 for Junior cycle entrants and 2000 words for Senior cycle.

A shortlist of all entrants will be finalised by a panel of book experts in January with the best stories being published online on easonedition.com and put forward for a public vote. Our panel of book experts will judge this shortlist and their scoring combined with the public vote will determine one overall winner each for Junior cycle and Senior cycle. The winning and shortlisted stories will then be published by Kobo as an e-Book.

There are some great prizes to be won as follows:

JUNIOR CYCLE COMPETITION
  • First prize will receive €1,500 worth of books for their school
  • Overall winner will receive an Eason gift card to the value of €500 and a Kobo Aura HD eReader
  • Shortlisted finalists (non-winners) will receive an Eason gift card to the value of €100 and a Kobo eReader
  • All shortlisted & winning stories will also be published as an eBook.

SENIOR CYCLE COMPETITION
  • First prize will receive €1,500 worth of books for their school
  • Overall winner will receive an Eason gift card to the value of €500 and a Kobo Aura HD eReader
  • Shortlisted finalists (non-winners) will receive an Eason gift card to the value of €100 and a Kobo eReader
  • All shortlisted & winning stories will also be published as an eBook.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. PROMOTER’S NAME AND ADDRESS


Eason and Son Limited of Dublin Airport Logistics Park, St. Margaret’s Road, Swords, Co. Dublin (the ‘Promoter’).

2. START DATE

Entries for this Competition will be accepted from 12.00 am on Wednesday, 1 October 2014.

3. CLOSING DATE

The closing date for entries in this Competition will be midnight on Friday, 9 January 2015.


4. HOW TO PARTICIPATE

4.1 In order to enter this Competition, each participating secondary school must go to www.easons.com/easoncreates, enter the information requested in order to register and upload each of their nominated Junior cycle student’s and Senior cycle student’s short story online. An entry will only be accepted once submitted online and no other means of entry will be considered valid.

4.2 The Competition is open to all 2nd level students in the Republic of Ireland with entrants divided into two groups:

4.2.1 Junior cycle – 1st to Junior Cert (ROI);
and
4.2.2 Senior cycle – Transition to Leaving Cert (ROI).

4.3 Students can write on any subject matter with an agreed maximum word count of 1,000 for Junior cycle entrants and 2,000 words for Senior cycle entrants.

4.4 All entries must include the school name, school address and school telephone number together with the nominated student’s name and group (i.e. junior or senior cycle).

4.5 Entries which are incomplete or incomprehensible are void and will not be entered into this Competition.

4.6 Each secondary school can submit multiple entries from their class to this Competition in respect of the Junior cycle students and multiple entries from their class to this Competition in respect of the Senior cycle students. However, only one entry per student is permitted. Entries over the maximum number of entries will be void and will not be entered into this Competition.

4.7 The Promoter accepts no responsibility for completed entries lost in transit. Completed entries will not be returned.

5. PRIZES

5.1 The Prizes are as follows:
Junior Cycle Competition:
• First prize will receive €1,500 worth of books for their school
• Overall winner will receive an Eason gift card to the value of €500 and a Kobo Aura HD eReader
• Shortlisted finalists (non-winners) will receive an Eason gift card to the value of €100 and a Kobo eReader • All shortlisted and winning stories will also be published as an eBook

Senior Cycle Competition:
• First prize will receive €1,500 worth of books for their school
• Overall winner will receive an Eason gift card to the value of €500 and a Kobo Aura HD eReader
• Shortlisted finalists (non-winners) will receive an Eason gift card to the value of €100 and a Kobo eReader • All shortlisted and winning stories will also be published as an eBook

5.3 The winners are responsible for all applicable taxes and expenses not specified in description of the prizes above.

5.4 No cash alternative will be offered in lieu of any prize awarded.

5.5 The allocation of the secondary school prizes will be to individual secondary schools only.

5.6 The Promoter reserves the right to alter the specifications of the prize should that specified be unavailable for reasons beyond their control. Any alternative prize will be of equal value.


6. SELECTION OF THE WINNERS

6.1 One winner will be selected from the Junior cycle and one winner will be selected from the Senior cycle.

6.2 The entrants will be shortlisted initially and all shortlisted stories will be selected by a panel of book experts.

6.3 Once shortlisted, participating pupils in the shortlist must return a release form with their guardian’s signature prior to the shortlisted entries being put up for a public vote on www.easons.com and/or Facebook.

6.4 The overall winners for the Junior cycle and Senior cycle out of all entries correctly submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions will be selected by the scores from the panel of book experts (50%) combined with a public vote on www.easons.com and/or Facebook (50%).

6.5 Each participating secondary school and student acknowledges and agrees that they may be required to be used in publicity if they are selected as a winner. Entrants accept that, if they win, the Promoter will have the right, without additional payment or permission, to use their name, age, town of residence and likeness for the purposes of announcing the winners of this competition and for related promotional purposes.
7. NOTIFICATION OF THE RESULTS AND RECEIPT OF THE PRIZES

7.1 Shortlisted finalists will be contacted no later than Wednesday, 14 January 2015.

7.2 The public voting on the shortlist will take place between Monday, 19 January and Saturday, 31 January 2015.

7.3 The Promoter will notify the winners by telephone on or before 6th February 2015 and the winners will receive their respective prizes in a reasonable time thereafter.
8. DATA PROTECTION

The entrants personal data will only be held for the purpose of selecting the winner and will not be used for any other purposes whatsoever without their prior permission. Any personal data relating to entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the individual’s and parents prior written consent.
9. RESTRICTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Please note the following restrictions and requirements apply to this Competition:

9.1 The Competition is open to secondary schools in Ireland only. Pupils who enter the Competition on behalf of their secondary school must be a pupil in either 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Transition, 5th, 6th Year in ROI in that secondary school during the 2014/2015 school year.

9.2 Employees of the Promoter, the immediate family of employees of the Promoter, employees of any of its associated companies, employees of any agencies connected with this Competition and the owners and employees of participating Promoter outlets/premises will not be eligible to enter (or otherwise participate in) this Competition. For these purposes an ‘immediate family member’ includes a child, step child, grandchild, brother, step brother, sister or step sister.
10. GENERAL

10.1 No purchase necessary.

10.2 Entry into this Competition shall be deemed to be a full and unconditional acceptance of these terms and conditions. The Promoter reserves the right to amend, suspend or terminate these terms and conditions, the Eason Creates rules and the Competition at any time without prior notice.

10.3 The name of the winners will be published at www.easons.com/easoncreates.

10.4 Once you have submitted an entry, you acknowledge that all of the copyright, privacy, publicity and all other rights in and to the entry will be owned by the Promoter. Entrants hereby assign to the Promoter all worldwide copyright and like rights in their entries and waive all moral rights. The Promoter will be publishing the winning entries online and by Kobo as an e-book.

10.5 These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Ireland and any disputes shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish Courts.

10.6 Neither the Promoter nor its agents will have any liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in the Competition or any of the prizes awarded.

10.7 All enquires relating to this competition should be made to Eason Creates Competition, Eason and Son Limited, Dublin Airport Logistics Park, St. Margaret’s Road, Co. Dublin. Phone: +353 1 844 8888.


So what are you waiting for? Submit your story now for a chance to win. go : here

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Award for New Work in Poetry, Deadline: January, 2015
Fiction, Poetry, Book Revief, & Flash Fiction Contest – English PEN

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Writing Contest 2015 For Maine High School Juniors

Contest Name: Writing Contest For Maine High School Juniors
Deadline: January 28, 2015
Prize: Any award that totals over $600 will be subject to an IRS 1099 form
Categories: Students are invited to submit a short story, work of non-fiction, or poem.
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Writing Contest 2015 For Maine High School Juniors

A Journey into Writing offers Maine high school juniors the opportunity to compete for a $2,500 cash award and designation as the Governor’s Young Writer of the Year.

Sponsored by the Maine Community College System, with financial support from U.S. Cellular, A Journey into Writing is designed to encourage and celebrate the creativity of Maine’s next generation of writers. Students are invited to submit a short story, work of non-fiction, or poem. Submissions may not be more than 1,500 words

Students may submit entries between December 29, 2014 and January 28, 2015. Additional details about the contest can be found here:
Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines

Eligibility

You must be a Maine resident and enrolled as a junior in the Fall of 2014 at a public or private high school in Maine.

If home schooled, you must be a Maine resident and at least 16 years of age at the time of submission and you cannot turn 17 before December 31, 2014.

Deadline: 2014-2015

Dates for 2014-2015 will be announced soon. The submission deadline is typically in January.

How to submit an entry

A completed Entry Form must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word and sent as an attachment to writing@mccs.me.edu. Incomplete entry forms and entries received by mail or fax will not be accepted.

Submission guidelines

Entrants may submit an original poem, essay, or short story (fiction or creative non-fiction). Entries must not exceed 1,500 words in length and must use 12 point font and be single spaced.

Only one submission per entrant is allowed. The submitted piece must represent the original thoughts, research, and writing of the author and not be the work product in whole or in part of another individual.

Entrants will receive electronic confirmation that their materials arrived; however, because of the volume of submissions, only those selected as finalists will be informed of the contest outcome.

Please Note: Review of entries is not intended to provide critical feedback. All decisions of the review panel and judges are final.

Evaluation guidelines

  • What does a “Superior Entry” look like?
  • Superior writing is creative: Engages the reader and captures his/her attention; is emotionally compelling; contains original thoughts and ideas; and projects a sense of personal authenticity.
  • Superior writing entertains and instructs: Serves to help the reader achieve insight or enhanced understanding; contains layers of meaning; avoids didactic lessons or heavy-handed moralizing.
  • Superior writing uses literary techniques effectively: Language is fresh, vivid, interesting, and free of clichés; it contains specific details to develop images of people, places, time periods, ideas; the writing “shows” rather than “tells”.
  • Superior writing is well-organized: Writing achieves a sense of coherence; the organization may be conventional or unconventional, but it is always easy for the reader to follow and achieves a sense of unity or completeness.
  • Superior writing utilizes mechanics of Standard Written English: Correct usage in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.

Please be aware:

Any award that totals over $600 will be subject to an IRS 1099 form. The recipient must provide a valid social security number. All taxes for any award that is subject to IRS taxation will be the responsibility of the recipient.

Publication and public recognition are central to the purpose and role of the Journey into Writing contest, thus all entrants are deemed to grant consent to publication and to participation in such public recognition.

Application form
Previous winners and their entries

JIW Contact:

writing@mccs.me.edu
Maine Community College System
323 State Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-629-4000

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2015 Short Story Writing Competitions for JuniorYoung Poetry Contest Winning Poems Will be Published

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International Letter Writing Contest for Young People

Letter Writing Contest for Young PeopleOrganizer: The United Nations Millennium Development Goals
Theme: Tell us about the world you want to grow up in
Deadline: April, 30
Prizes: The first three international winners will receive medals (gold for the first, silver for the second and bronze for the third)

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2015 International Letter Writing Contest for Young People

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals for the period 2000-2015 are coming to a close and the world body is getting ready to adopt its post-2015 sustainable development agenda to further the tremendous progress already achieved in education, life expectancy, poverty reduction, and disease control.

From 2015 onwards, efforts will continue to achieve “a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace”, states the United Nations, which will propose an ambitious post-2015 sustainable development agenda that is expected to be adopted by UN member states at a summit in September 2015.

The UPU competition gives youth worldwide an opportunity to express themselves on their hopes for the world we live in, and the possible solutions they see to the issues and challenges facing the planet. The winners will be announced in 2015, just before the UN Summit.

Participation

  1. Young people between the age of 9 to 15 years may take part in the competition.
  2. The UPU International Bureau (IB) cannot accept entries sent directly by schools or private individuals.
  3. The organizers designated by member countries must respect the competition’s organizational principles, which specify that they are solely responsible for organizing the national stage of the competition and therefore must provide all the parties concerned with their own contact details and not those of the IB.
  4. The organizers should select their country’s best composition (one composition per country or territory only) and send it to the IB no later than 30 April.

Submission of applications

  1. All entries must be submitted by post, by e-mail or by fax to: +41 31 350 37 11.
  2. All entries must include:
  3. the composition (typed) in either Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. If the original is handwritten, the organizer should type up the text on a computer and submit the original with a translation into English, French or Spanish (as preferred) of the original composition if it has been written in a language other than those mentioned above.
  4. a cover letter from the organizing body.
  5. a duly completed entry form, including the contact details of the candidate and the national competition coordinator; this form is available opposite to download.
  6. a good quality digital photograph of the candidate, preferably in JPEG format (at least 300 dpi).
  7. Presentation and content of entries
  8. The compositions submitted must be recent, unpublished letters.
  9. Compositions must be presented in the form of a letter (“Dear ……..”, include the address of both the addressee and the sender, and end with a signature).
  10. Entries must strictly respect the set theme.
  11. Entries must strictly adhere to the number of words permitted in the original language (between 500 and 800).

Organizational principles

Each member country organizes a letter-writing competition for young people in its territory as suits it best, but preferably with the help of the national education authorities, and selects the best entry. The best entry is chosen in accordance with the general rules of the competition.

Participating member countries must send their best entry to the IB, together with all the required documents, to the IB by no later than 30 April.
Jury’s decision and announcement of results

The IB will designate a jury responsible for assessing the letters selected. This jury will choose the best three entries, the authors of which will each receive a medal, and may also select up to five other entries, whose authors will receive a special mention.
The IB will inform the countries concerned of the results by letter.

Prizes

The first three international winners will receive medals (gold for the first, silver for the second and bronze for the third) struck by the IB, as well as a certificate and other prizes offered by the UPU.
Member countries may also award additional prizes to their international prize-winners, at their discretion.

It is recommended that the prize-giving ceremonies be held on 9 October, the anniversary of the foundation of the UPU, to form part of the activities connected with World Post Day.

Results

The IB will communicate the names of the prize-winners by letter as soon as it receives the results from the jury, in principle no later than early September of the competition year.
International letter-writing competition for young people

Form Entry. Source here.

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