Archive for July 20th, 2009

2009 FTF Travel Writing Scholarship Welcomes Teen Travel Tales

20 July 2009

Family Travel Forum (FTF), the award-winning resource for family vacation information on the web, announces its 3rd annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship. This merit scholarship, in association with professionals from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), encourages teens to share their travel experiences in words and images.

Cash awards ($1,000, $500, $200) and a two-night family stay at any Homewood Suites Hotel will be given to the top three authors, and the work of 25 additional Honorable Mention nominees will be rewarded with fun — two passes to any Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum or aquarium and a “Rand McNally Road Atlas” to help them find the way there. All winning stories will be posted on the FTF’s travelBIGO site for those who dream of travel Before I Get Old.

“Family Travel Forum is proud to support the next generation of great writers by offering scholarships and a unique forum to communicate with peers,” says publisher John Manton. “After the 20% increase in applications last year, we are expecting even more submissions this year, and welcome students to share their vacation, staycation or voluntourism effort with the travelBIGO community.”

The scholarship contest is open to teens ages 13 to 18 who are enrolled in a junior high, high school or homeschool program in the United States, Canada or American school abroad. Young travelers are asked to submit a maximum 600-word essay with photo or video on any type of trip and any aspect of a trip they have taken in the last three years. For more information and rules, visit FTF Scholarships.

The 2009 FTF Teen Travel Scholarship will accept applications between May 1, 2009 and September 27, 2009; for more information about all FTF sponsored scholarships, visit FTF Scholarships. The winning students’ work will be published on after November 17, 2009.

About FTF

Family Travel Forum (FTF) has served all who “Have Kids, Still Travel” with print and online guides since 1996. has won many awards for its expert global coverage of family vacations ranging from multi-generational cruises to eco-adventures; the Top 10 Getaway survey of resort-based infant programs; a robust Flee Market™; forums on car seat and travel safety; gear reviews; pediatric travel health and a unique Custom Trip Planning service for consumers. For its publications including for the Before I Get Old crowd, and twice monthly e-newsletters packed with vacation deals, FTF has been honored with Travel Weekly’s 2008 Magellan Award.

Contact person:
Kyle McCarthy
Tel: 212/665-6124

The Red Telephone Novel Competition

20 July 2009

New publishing company Red Telephone Books has officially opened its 2009 novel competition.

The winning novel will be published by Red Telephone Books during 2010. The prize includes editing, design, marketing and distribution, with royalties being paid annually. Runner-up prizes are also offered.

Submissions are welcome from any genre – the competition closes on 31st December 2009.

If you are interested in entering the competition, please visit:


20 July 2009

DIRECTIONS: This essay project is open to all teens from the ages of 13 – 17

You may select a veteran who has served in WWII or any preceding period all the way through the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The veteran might be a member of your family or a person you have known growing up, as long as you admire them for inspiring you or they exhibited the ability to be a role model. If you do not have someone to write a story about the AWON, (American WWII Orphans Network) organization is available to match you with a hero to write about. Make sure you explore how that person has shown the “power of one” and has made a difference in the lives of others. The essay collection will be published in a featured book in 2010 through AuthorHouse.

Deadline for finished essays is: October 15, 2009

For more information, visit

Scribeophile Computer Love Contest

20 July 2009

Do you love writing science fiction? Then get your word processors ready for the Computer Love Contest! Write a science fiction short story (under 3000 words) featuring the theme “Computer Love.” Find a way to combine that warmest and fuzziest emotion, love, with something cool and mechanical, and the rest is up to you! 1st prize is a $100 gift card, and entries are due Sept. 30. Entry is free.

Be Your Art Writing Contest

20 July 2009

Deadline: September 20th, 2009

Submit your stories for the opportunity to win a free custom logo design by (worth $500) developed specifically to promote the winner’s career. Limit stories to 500-4000 words. We are accepting all unpublished fiction including genre fiction, but no erotica. Three stories will be chosen by a jury to be published in the North Shoreian Magazine. The top story will be awarded a free artist logo design. You must be a member of to submit stories and to vote. Join (Free) You must be a member of to submit stories.

Send stories and a link to your profile to with the subject heading “Writing Contest.”