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2020 Amazing Women’s Edition Contest student book competition

5 December 2019

Deadline: January 6, 2020 Fee: None Prize: $500 and Publication of Book View Contest

Tell us about an amazing woman. The National Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 Amazing Women’s Edition Contest student book competition. Students are tasked to get to know women in their communities and tell us about the heroines. The contest is open to students in grades K-8. Prizes include $500 for the student(s), $250 for the teacher or parent advisor and the book is published and donated to schools and libraries across the country.

  • Each entry must incorporate the theme of Local Heroines.
  • From the time of submission, entries become the property of the National Youth Foundation and will not be returned.
  • All students must be in grades K to 8 and live in the United States.
  • Both the text and art must be solely created by the students.  Typed text is preferred, but not required.
  • One book entry per person.
  • Each submission must include one page of art for each page of text, except for the cover, back and dedication pages.  The back and dedication pages are optional.
  • Each book must be between 20 and 30 pages. The cover, dedication and back pages do not count towards this number
  • The book entry must be postmarked by January 6, 2020.
  • An entry form must be submitted with each book entry (Click here to download form)
  • Individual entry forms must be signed by each student participant and their parent or legal guardian.
  • Students can work individually or in teams (maximum of 22 students).
  • The book must be submitted in the order of publication.
  • The pages should be numbered on the back in light pencil.
  • All pages must be submitted on 8 ½” x 11″ or 9″ x 12″ paper.
  • Mail your complete entry to: National Youth Foundation, 873 East Baltimore Pike, Box #644, Kennett Square, PA 19348
  • The winners will be announced on our website on or before March 26, 2020.

Visit the website for details: http://www.nationalyouthfoundation.org/amazing-womens-edition/

The Hershey Story History Contest for Young Writers

11 July 2019

The Hershey Story offers this writing contest as a way to encourage students to communicate their interest in and knowledge of history in a creative and coherent manner. Awards are presented in support and acknowledgement of students’ efforts and for public recognition of their success.

Entry Information

Entries must be submitted on The Hershey Story’s website.

Contest Opening Date and Deadline

Students may submit History Contest entries beginning November 1, 2019.

Eligibility

Any student enrolled in public, private or home school, grades 5 through 8, in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry or York County is eligible to submit one entry to the contest.

Entries must be the work of one individual student.

Each entry must be the original work of the contest entrant, but may also have been submitted as an assigned school project as long as it fulfills the requirements below.

Age Division

  • Grades 5 and 6, Junior
  • Grades 7 and 8, Senior

We suggest that entrants use the MLA format. For guidance, consult a website such as www.easybib.com (Please note that not all bibliography formatting may be preserved during the online submission process.)

Categories

Students may submit an entry in one of the following categories:

  • Non-fiction: An essay about a historical event, era or person(s). The entry must include an explanation of the student’s personal interest in the chosen topic. For example, the student may include examples of personal experiences that influenced the choice of topic, or books, classroom activities, or travel experiences that sparked the student’s interest.
  • Fiction: A piece of creative writing, such as a fictional diary or story, about a historical event, era or person(s).
  • Poetry: A poem about a historical event, era or person(s).
  • Science/Health: A non-fiction essay about a historical science or health-related event, era or person(s). The entry must include an explanation of the student’s personal interest in the chosen topic. For example, the student may include examples of personal experiences that influenced the choice of topic, or books, classroom activities, or travel experiences that sparked the student’s interest.

Length

Essay entries must be at least 400 words but no more than 1000 words. Poems must be at least 35 lines but no more than 100 lines.

Format

Please indicate paragraphs by either indenting the first line or adding an extra line between paragraphs. The form will allow the use of bold and italics. The entry form will strip any special characters or fonts that are used when the entry is submitted online.

Student & School Information

To complete the entry form, the following information is required. Please assemble required information before beginning the entry process.

  • Title of Entry
  • Category (Non-fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Science/Health)
  • Name of Contest Entrant
  • Home Address
  • Parent’s Email
  • Home Phone Number
  • Age
  • Grade
  • School
  • Teacher’s Name
  • Teacher’s Email

Bibliography

A bibliography must be included with each entry (including poetry). The bibliography is not included in the word count. A least two (2) of the following types of sources must be cited:

  • Book
  • Magazine/Journal article
  • Interview (oral or video)
  • Internet (please include complete URL)

Students must use at least one source that is not from the Internet.

Judging

Entries will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of an understanding of the historical context surrounding the event, era, or person(s) discussed in the entry
  • Historical accuracy
  • Clarity and coherence
  • Creativity and imagination in the choice of subject and presentation.
  • Grammar, spelling and compositional structure

Judging Committee

The judging panel includes historians, educators and other community leaders who are not employed by The Hershey Story. The decisions of the judges are final.

Awards

Eight (8) first place and eight (8) second place awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Grades 5/6: Non-Fiction
  • Grades 5/6 Fiction
  • Grades 5/6 Poetry
  • Grades 5/6 Science/Health
  • Grades 7/8: Non-Fiction
  • Grades 7/8: Fiction
  • Grades 7/8: Poetry
  • Grades 7/8: Science/Health

1st place winners receive:

  • 1st place certificate
  • $100
  • One year family membership to The Hershey Story Museum
  • Hershey’s Chocolate gift basket and 30 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars to share with winner’s class (donated by The Hershey Company)
  • Two 1-day tickets to Hersheypark (donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company)

2nd place winners receive:

  • 2nd place certificate
  • One year family membership to The Hershey Story Museum
  • Two 1-day tickets to Hersheypark (donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company)
  • A 1 lb Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar (donated by The Hershey Company)

First place winners will be notified by April 3, 2019 and will be recognized at The Hershey Story Business Breakfast to be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019.  Second place and honorable mention students will be notified by May 10, 2019.

Publication

By entering the contest, participants grant permission to The Hershey Story to publish winning entries and/or winners’ names and photographs for publicity purposes.

The Hershey Story – Background

The Hershey Story is a non-profit educational institution founded in 1933 by Milton S. Hershey. He believed in providing educational and cultural opportunities for Hershey residents and the Central Pennsylvania region. In keeping with Mr. Hershey’s philosophy, the museum is dedicated to helping people of all ages understand and enjoy many aspects of history.

For Further Information
Contact Susan Hetrick, Public Programs Supervisor @ 717-520-5587 or email SMHetrick@HersheyStory.org.

Enter the History Contest for Young Writers here.

View the Winning Entries from the 2018-2019 History Contest for Young Writers Here

The Hershey Story is a non-profit educational institution founded in 1933 by Milton S. Hershey who believed in providing educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Hershey and the Central Pennsylvania region. In keeping with Mr. Hershey’s philosophy, The Hershey Story is dedicated to helping people of all ages understand and enjoy many aspects of history.

Travelnitch Publishing

26 November 2018

Deadline

Monday, December 31, 2018

Entry Fees

N/A

Prizes

1 talented writer will receive a free printed copy of our book, and featured placement within the publication, including an author’s byline and an optional link to his/her blog or website.

Up to fifty additional writers will be selected for publication, complete with an author’s byline.

10 Runners-up will receive a guest post on the Travelnitch blog.

Description

We’re on the hunt for exceptional writers who can contribute to our debut publication — travel enthusiasts, bloggers, global nomads. If you had a memorable experience abroad that will engage our young readers, please share. Exotic destinations, humorous anecdotes, and cultural quirks, all in 1,000 words or less.

There are no entry fees, but we are seeking original, quality work that aligns with our mission to “turn bookworms into global explorers, connecting kids with a world of adventure.”

Contact Information

Submissions will only be accepted through our website. Questions can be sent to info@travelnitch.pub.

Website

http://travelnitch.pub

Legendary Letters Writing Contest

26 November 2018

Deadline

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Prizes

$500 1st prize, $250 2nd prize, $100 3rd prize, $25 Honorable Mention

Description

Step into the shoes of magical beings (Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Cupid, etc) and write a letter to a fictional child using the information we provide on our Contest page. You may submit 1 letter for each of the 11 characters available. Open to all US residents age 13 or older.

Contact Information

Stacy Rose
LegendaryLetters.com
805 Jackson Street
Fairfield, CA 94533
stacy@legendaryletters.com

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

https://www.legendaryletters.com/contest/

North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

17 May 2018

Accepting submissions until June 30, 2018.

Submit one or more self-published books in these categories:

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction & Memoir (definition)
  • Poetry (new!)
  • Chidren’s Picture Book (new!)

PRIZES

  • One grand prize winner will receive $3,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value)
  • The top winner in each category will receive $1,000, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and one free ad in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $150 value)
  • One honorable mention in each category will receive $250
  • We will publish online excerpts (1,000-6,000 words) from all entries that win a prize, along with critiques from the judges

Length limit: 150,000 words. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. No restrictions on age or country. No restriction on year of publication. All contestants receive a free PDF download of The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and free guides from BookBaby. Read about the winners of our third contest. The results of our fourth contest will be announced on February 15, 2019. Entry fee: $60 per book.

Visit website for details on how to submit: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/north-street-book-prize

“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

9 April 2018

“We shall arrive soon” near-future science fiction contest

As part of True North 2018, we are inviting submissions of original near-future fiction of 1,000 words or less on the theme “We shall arrive soon”.

We invite authors to imagine how technology will affect our lives in the coming decades. We want you to explore how technology may be used to improve human well-being, contribute to healthier and safer communities and bring about innovations that benefit us all. We also want you to examine how technology could be misused, or applied in ways that have negative impacts on individuals, groups or wider communities. We are looking for stories that depict a complex reality and fit the theme of True North’s vision of tech for good.

The winner will be selected by Erin Bow, physicist turned poet turned science fiction and fantasy author.

What to submit: Original, unpublished fiction of 1,000 words or less

Due date: 25 April 2018

Prizes: First place prize of $1,000, with two runners-up prizes of $250 each (Canadian dollars)

Who can enter: Anyone, anywhere in the world

Entry form and more info:  http://truenorthwaterloo.com/short-story-contest/

ThePensters Essay Writing Contest: $1000 Scholarship for Your Essay

27 October 2017

Take part in ThePensters Essay Writing Contest and get a chance to win $1000 scholarship for your college study!

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2017

7 May 2017

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: August 15, 2017

All contest winners will be announced on October 16, 2017

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

Call for Entries! Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest – Deadline: June 1, 2017

6 May 2017

Arizona Mystery Writers is proud to announce our annual short story contest for ages 15+.

2017 Arizona Mystery Writers Annual Jim Martin Memorial Short Story Contest for ages 15+

(entry fee $15, Prizes: 1st=$200, 2nd=$100, 3rd=$75)

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2017

~AND~

For all contest rules and entry forms,

Visit the website:

http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449 

Contact email: amwcontest@gmail.com with questions.

AMERICA MEDIA CONTEST

24 January 2017

A Smart, Catholic Take on Faith and Culture

Deadline February 17, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

America Media is seeking submissions from young writers for this year’s Generation Faith Essay Contest. We want to hear from high school and college students interested in reflecting on the joys and challenges that come with living out (or struggling with) one’s faith in the midst of real life. All entries should be true personal essays, between 800 and 1,200 words. The essays should feature strong narratives and real-life examples from the writer’s experience as a young person in the church today. Writers should think creatively and broadly about their faith experience. The winning entry will be awarded $1,000 and will be published in America. Additional entries may be chosen for publication in America. The judging panel will consist of the editors of America and The Jesuit Post. 

https://americamedia.submittable.com/submit

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION

2 December 2016

THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION
£8 ENTRY FEE.
Most of the stories we publish at The Fiction Desk are more or less realistic, but we try to stray outside that from time to time: Some genre fiction should be part of any balanced reading diet. One genre that we particularly like to feature is the ghost story. This year, there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.

The deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

All stories must be written in English, and be entirely the author’s own work. All entrants must be aged 16 or over at the time of entry; there is no upper age limit. Entries must be between 1,000 and 7,000 words in length.

Visit the website:  http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php

The Radiant Peace Education Awards

30 October 2016

Fall 2016 (Twenty-sixth Annual)

All students in grades 1-8 — from public and private schools, home schools, youth and after-school groups, and abroad — are welcome to enter the Fall 2016 national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards®! The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects.

This year’s entries must be postmarked by December 7, 2016, with winners being announced in January 2017. All participants receive beautiful iron-on Radiant Peace Patches, and outstanding entries will also receive certificates and cash awards! Winner’s classrooms will also receive cash awards. In addition, many of the most creative or exceptional entries will be displayed in The International Museum of Radiant Peace.

Printable information is available here in PDF format: the complete packet of information (4 pages), which includes the guidelines, permission form and entry checklist; and the permission form and checklist only for submitting entries (2 pages). If you have any questions or need copies faxed or mailed, please contact the Foundation office.

The next program, open to students in grades 1-12, will be offered with a spring 2017 postmark deadline. Materials will be posted online by the end of January. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact the Foundation office to ensure that you receive an announcement.

Visit the website: 

http://www.radiantpeace.org/trpea/invitation.html

Essay Writing Contest by Custom-Writing.org

23 September 2016

Essay writing contest

Custom-Writing.org awards scholarships of $1800 in total to the most vivid, versatile, and talented writers in our upcoming Essay Writing Contest.

  • The Essay Writing Contest starts on October 10, 2016, and lasts for two months.
  • Any student, regardless of academic level and location of studies, can participate.
  • Three winners will receive prizes totaling $1800.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST 2016

The aim of the Essay Writing Contest is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their writing talents and win an award for them.

Our Essay Writing Contest is not only about finding people who can write well. Indeed, the aim of the contest is to identify individuals who have both critical thinking and writing skills. The 2016 Essay Writing Contest focuses on two aspects:

  • The ability to think critically
  • The ability to express thoughts clearly and logically

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There are no strict requirements for participants. Custom-Writing.org requires the following:

  • Participants must be students of any educational institution in any location. Academic level and major do not matter.
  • Each student must write an essay on one of three given topics that fulfills all instructions and submit it before the deadline to contest@custom-writing.org.
  • Participants must share this post on their Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts and attach screenshots to prove it when submitting the essay.
  • By submitting an entry, students agree to the terms and conditions of the contest and acknowledge that the choice of the judges is final.

WHY PARTICIPATE

Scholarships of $1800 in total will be awarded to the best three essay writers:

1st place — $800

2nd place — $600

3rd place — $400

Winners get more than just significant cash prizes—their talent will be recognized by our proficient writers and editors, and their works will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ESSAY SUBMISSION

Participants must follow all instructions to be eligible to win the contest.

  1. Write one essay on one of following three topics:
  • Why do you think it is important for students to improve their essay writing skills?
  • How can having less homework help improve learning?
  • Are the requirements of academic writing too strict? Should writing be simpler for students?
  1. Essay requirements:
  • Has a word count of 450 – 650 words (excluding footnotes, bibliography, title page, and article title)
  • Is written in US English
  • Contains no plagiarism
  • Has a file name of “Essay Writing Contest_Last Name”
  • Is submitted in .doc or .docx format
  • Has a bibliography that lists two or more peer-reviewed sources and no sources older than five years
  • Uses the APA formatting style

Please note that to be accepted, your essay must contain all required elements of APA formatting style:

  • Title page formatted correctly
  • Header with running head and page numbers on each page
  • References page

Send your completed essay to contest@custom-writing.org by the deadline given below. Late submissions will not be accepted.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST SCHEDULE

Start of Essay Writing Contest — October 10, 2016

Duration — 2 months

Final deadline for submission — midnight EST on December 10, 2016

Winners announcement — January 20, 2017

GRADING CRITERIA

Each participant can earn 100 points in total.

All works will be checked by the team of professional writers and editors at Custom-Writing.org.

Review the grading criteria below to make your essay perfect:

  • Correct APA style — 20 points
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation— 20 points
  • Focused content — 20 points
  • Clear expression of thought and style — 20 points
  • Strong organization — 20 points

ONLINE VOTING

On December 28, 2016, the best 15 essays will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog, where readers will have the opportunity to help us determine the three winners.

Each reader will be able to vote for his or her favorite essay by sharing it only once on each social media account: Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Online voting will last until midnight EST on January, 18, 2017.

Taking into consideration the results of online voting and the grades from our expert writers and editors, we will determine the final three winners of the Essay Writing Contest.

AWARDS

Winners will be announced on January 20, 2017, on the Custom-Writing Blog.

To receive a prize, winners must provide proof of enrollment. In case the winner is unable to provide proof of enrollment, the prize will be given to the next eligible participant.

Visit the website:  http://custom-writing.org/blog/essay-writing-contest-by-custom-writing-org

Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

13 July 2016

Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

  • All submissions of writing and artwork will be considered for publication in our monthly print magazine and on TeenInk.com, and are also automatically entered into any relevant contests.
  • Teen Ink has no deadlines. We accept submissions year round. If, however, you are sending work that is holiday-specific, please submit it at least two months ahead.
  • You must be 13 to 19 years old to be a TeenInk.com user, post your work online, and/or be published in Teen Ink magazine.
  • Requesting anonymity. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, please check the anonymous box when submitting your work. We will respect your request and not publish your name in print or online, but we must still have accurate name and address information for every user.
  • All materials submitted become the property of Teen Ink. By submitting your work to us, you are giving Teen Ink and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to Teen Ink retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Teen Ink is copyrighted by the Young Authors Foundation, Inc.
  • Plagiarism. Teen Ink has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. We check the originality of all published work through WriteCheck.
  • Do not include last names, names of schools and names of cities/towns in your submission.

How to submit, visit:  http://www.teenink.com/submit

Attention: Have something to say about the upcoming Presidential election? We want to hear it! Send us your election articles now for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue of Teen Ink: teenink.com/submit

Contests – Gotham Writers

1 July 2016
Invent a Word
Deadline: August 15, 2016
Description: 
“We invite you to invent a word. Not just any word. A word you think will greatly enhance the English language.

Give us your word, a one-sentence definition, and use the word in a sentence.

The winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.

Submit your entries here: https://www.gothamwriters.com/contest/invent-a-word-contest-2016
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#storieseverywhere
Deadline: monthly
Description:
“Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #storieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class.

Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to our monthly “themes.” 

Our theme for the month of June: Superhero.”
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We’re always hosting contests. Writers can go to “https://www.gothamwriters.com/contests” to check them out.

The Norman Mailer Center and the National Council of Teachers of English are pleased to offer writing awards for both students and teachers.

25 April 2016

Award Submissions

Guidelines:The writing you upload must include a title, your name, and page numbers within your file. Use a plain, common, and easily readable font, such as Times New Roman, 11- or 12-point. Accepted file types: .pdf, .doc, .docx, and .txt (maximum file size: 8 megabytes).

You must follow the page number requirements for the category you enter.

Submissions not falling within the specified category guidelines will not be considered.

Late entries can not be accepted.

Only one entry per student.

Authors retain copyright of their work.

JudgingLate entries can not be considered.Submissions will be read by national panels of teachers and writers. They will be judged by how well they achieve several qualities, including the artful treatment of subject matter; originality; quality of insight, image, voice, and style; artful arrangement of elements and materials; and overall aesthetic, emotional or intellectual effect.

FOR STUDENTS

High School Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to students currently enrolled in a high school accredited by the US. Students may submit one or more pieces of writing as one file, maximum 10 single-spaced pages, endorsed by a teacher and released by a parent or guardian. One winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 at a special award ceremony. Submission accepted online only through May 2, 2016, Noon CST.

Community College Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to full-time students enrolled in two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 at a special award ceremony. Submissions accepted online only through May 2, 2016, Noon CST.

Four-year College Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to current full-time undergraduate students. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 at a special award ceremony. Submissions accepted online only through May 2, 2016, Noon CST.

College Poetry Writing Award is open to full time students enrolled in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, junior colleges, and technical colleges. Students may submit one or more poems, to a maximum of 10 pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 at a special award ceremony.Submissions accepted online only through May 2, 2016, Noon CST.

FOR TEACHERS

Middle and High School Teacher Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition is open to full- and part-time middle and high school teachers. Teachers may submit one piece of writing with a maximum of 20 single-spaced pages. One winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 at a special award ceremony. Submissions accepted online only through July 15, 2016, Noon CST.

Visit the website: http://www.ncte.org/awards/nmwa

Teen Ink Contests for teens

11 April 2016

Cover Art Contest

Send your best photo or artwork and it could be published on the cover of Teen Ink magazine.

Nonfiction Contest

Two winners selected every month out of the following nonfiction sections: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, What Matters, and Sports.

Poetry Contest

Are you the next Maya Angelou or e.e. cummings? Serious, funny, long or short – send us your poems today! One winner selected each month!

Educator of the Year Contest
Nominate that amazing teacher in your life and give her the recognition she deserves.

Fiction Contest

Fairy tales, sci-fi, horror, romance – short stories galore!
Entries of all kinds are accepted throughout the year.

Travel & Culture Contest

Hiking in Yosemite. Strolling through Paris. Celebrating Chinese New Year – describe your latest cultural adventures at home or abroad.

Environment Contest

Hybrid cars? Required recycling? Tell us about a problem facing the planet … and about your solutions and ideas. Winners selected annually.

The Radiant Peace Education Awards Spring 2016 (The Twenty-sixth Annual)

6 March 2016

All students in grades 1-12 — from public and private schools, home schools, youth and after-school groups, and abroad — are welcome to enter the spring 2016 national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards®! The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects.

This year’s entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2016, with winners being announced around May 18, 2016. All participants receive beautiful iron-on Radiant Peace Patches, and outstanding entries will also receive certificates and cash awards! Winner’s classrooms will also receive cash awards. In addition, many of the most creative or exceptional entries will be displayed in The International Museum of Radiant Peace.

Printable information is available here in PDF format: the complete packet of information (5 pages), which includes the guidelines, permission form and entry checklist; and the permission form and checklist only for submitting entries (2 pages). If you have any questions or need copies faxed or mailed, pleasecontact the Foundation office.

The next program will be offered with a December 2016 postmark deadline. Materials will be posted online in the fall. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact the Foundation office to ensure that you receive an announcement.

Visit the website for details: http://www.radiantpeace.org/trpea/invitation.html

Last call! DreamQuestOne Writing Competition

14 January 2016

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is international, open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! Welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, short screenplays and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: All electronic and postal mail entries must be sent off before or on January 31, 2016 by 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Yes, there is still time to send your wonderful poems and short stories to enter now!

All winners will be announced on March 17, 2016

Prizes(USD):

Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.

Entry fees(USD): $5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, mailing address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

The Fresher Writing Prize 2016

12 January 2016

Please read the rules carefully before entering. By submitting an entry you are agreeing to be bound by these rules.

  1. Closing date for receipt of entries is 31st January at midnight BST. All entries received after this deadline will be automatically disqualified.
  2. Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date.
  3. The maximum length of submissions is 3,000 words (does not include title), there is no minimum length. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc).
  4. The Fresher Writing Prize is open to all writers who do not currently have representation by an agent/publisher. Entries can be made online or by post.  All entries should be in English. Postal entries will only be accepted as printed typescripts. There are no specific formatting requirements – font type, font size, line spacing etc. Writers may format their work in the way they feel is most appropriate. Please send postal entry/entries to: Fresher Writing Prize, Bournemouth University, Weymouth House, Fern Barrow BH12 5BB
  5. Authors may enter as many stories as they like. Stories must be entered separately; there is an entry fee of £6 for each story submitted. Payment for online entries should be made via the website https://fresherwritingprize2016.eventbrite.co.uk
  6. Payment for postal entries should be made by cheque. Cheque payments must be in pounds sterling and cheques should be made payable to ‘Bournemouth University’.
  7. Entries will not be returned. Please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry.
  8. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or won a prize in another writing competition.  Any entry found to have been plagiarised will be disqualified. Simultaneous submissions are welcome – but please let us know as soon as possible if a story is to be published elsewhere or has won a prize in another writing competition.
  9. Entries will be read and judged anonymously by the Panel; entrants names and contact details should only appear on the entry form and not anywhere on their stories/manuscripts. The stories/manuscripts must be free of all personal information about the author. This includes age and address.
  10. If you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry then please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘Acknowledgment’. Online entries will be acknowledged by email. If an entrant does not receive an email acknowledgement for an online entry they are very welcome to contact Fresher to confirm their entry has been received. Contact via email to competitions@fresherpublishing.co.uk
  11. By submitting an entry, entrants agree to have their work published in the Fresher Writing Prize Anthology 2016, in both print and ebook formats, should they be the author of one of the 20 shortlisted stories. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work (including film and dramatic rights) but Fresher Writing Prize has first publication rights to publish the shortlisted stories in The Fresher Writing Prize anthology, in both print and ebook formats.
  12. Each of the shortlisted authors will receive 2 free copies of the paperback version of The Fresher Writing Prize Anthology and will be able to purchase further copies at a discount of 50%. All shortlisted writers will be able to purchase any number of copies of any volume of The Fresher Writing Prize Anthology at a discount of 50%. Any profit from the sale of the The Fresher Writing Prize Anthology will go towards future events to support new writers.
  13. No competitor may win more than one prize. Entries will be read by a panel of writers/lecturers. They will select a longlist for judging panel. The judging panel will select the stories to be published in the Fresher Writing Prize Anthology 2016 and the top prize winning stories. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into.Judges or readers will not comment on individual storiesor give feedback on individual stories.
  14. Prizes are allocated at the discretion of the judges.
  15. Prizes will be awarded at the Fresher Writing Prize 2016 Awards Ceremony on May 19th 2016 and will be sent to any of the finalists who are unable to attend the awards ceremony. Prizes, including free copies of the anthology are not dependent on winners attending the Awards Ceremony. Entrants will not be contacted individually about the competition results unless they are selected for the shortlist. The shortlist will be announced on the website by April 15th. The top prize-winners will be displayed on the BU website within one week after the awards ceremony.
  16. Any entrant wishing to withdraw a story from the competition before the closing date will receive a full refund. Please contact us on competitions@fresherpublishing.co.uk We will not be able to refund any withdrawn stories after the closing date; however, stories may still be withdrawn after this date upon an entrant’s request.
  17. Fresher and Bournemouth University reserve the right to use photographs and video of entrants in their publicity materials.
  18. Entry implies an acceptance of all the Fresher Writing Prize 2016 rules. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements may be disqualified.
  19. Bournemouth University reserves the right to suspend, cancel or amend the rules of the competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

Visit the website: http://www.fresherpublishing.co.uk/

The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.

9 January 2016

The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.

The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.

Essays must be under 500 words.

There are three essay topics to choose from:

Target 1. Saturn’s rings and three moons: Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas

Target 2. Jupiter, as seen from a billion miles away

Target 3. Saturn’s moon, Tethys, passing behind Rhea (27-frame movie)

Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft. What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?

The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.

For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/1lPEmxn 

The contest deadline is Friday, February 26, 2016.

All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if homeschooled). If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.

All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation. U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.

For questions about the contest or to sign up for the contest’s email distribution list, contact scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov Good luck!

Visit the website: http://go.nasa.gov/1lPEmxn

 

Sledgehammer 36-Hour Writing Contest – July 25 to July 26, 2015

23 April 2015

Deadline: Sunday, July 26, 2015

Entry Fees

$36 adults, $3.60 students in high school or lower

Prizes

$1,000+ divided among First-Place Individual, First-Place Team, Readers’ Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Youth

Description

Sledgehammer is a quirky writing contest that incorporates an online scavenger hunt, four writing prompts, a 36-hour time window (start at noon PST, Saturday, July 25, 2015; end by 11:59 p.m. PST, Sunday, July 26, 2015), the option to write as a team or solo, a celebrity judge and cash prizes.

Read past winning stories and contest details at www.sledgehammercontest.com.

Contact Information

Ali McCart, Director

Website

www.sledgehammercontest.com

Dream World Defenders Call-To-Write Challenge

23 April 2015

Deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Entry Fees

No entry fee.

Prizes

Publication in a collaboration book.

Description

Award-Winning Author Kathleen J. Shields is proud to announce her highly anticipated “Dream World Defenders” chapter book for ages 8 and up. At the end of the book she included a ‘Call to Write’ for all children in hopes that they would use their highly active imaginations to end the story. She had hoped this would be an excellent creative writing assignment for classrooms, but Erin Go Bragh Publishing Company has taken that dream a step further.

We call it the Dream World Defenders Call to Write Challenge – and we are encouraging readers ages 8-15 to finish the story and submit it to us for publication.

Step 1: Read Dream World Defenders (paperback or ebook)

Step 2: Write Your Own Ending (short story no more than 1500 words)

Step 3: Submit it and your signed release with parent’s permission to Erin Go Bragh Publishing

At the end of the year, Erin Go Bragh Publishing will combine the best stories into a collaboration book via ebook and print so every child can see their name and story published. Each author will receive a link to download their free e-book. Print books must be purchased. There is no entry fee or charge for publication. Author retains all rights to their story. No purchase required.

Guidelines:

Age Range: 8-15
Word Count: 500 – 1500
Deadline: December 15, 2015
Language: English only
Permission: Must have Parents Permission

Submissions:

• Must begin at the end of the last chapter and must include the characters in the book.
• Profanity, violence, crimes and death will instantly be rejected.
• Story must be submitted as doc or txt file provided digitally. No PDFs or hand written pages.
• Please supply a title to your story.
• Contest open to all US residents, age 8-15.
• Minors must have parent’s permission.

Learn more at:  http://www.eringobraghpublishing.com/challenge.html

Contact Information

Erin Go Bragh Publishing
Learn more at: http://www.eringobraghpublishing.com/challenge.html

Website

http://www.eringobraghpublishing.com/challenge.html

Knoxville Writers’ Guild Now Seeking Submissions for Contest

2 April 2015

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce submissions are being accepted now through midnight, Tuesday, June 30 for its 2015 writing contest.

More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction, the KWG Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction.

“Every year the contest receives many submissions from out-of-state writers, which enhance the prestige of and esteem for our contest and the fine writers of Knoxville and East Tennessee,” 2015 KWG president, Donna Kapa, said.

“This year’s contest chair, Jeff Shoffner, has reached out to the membership with a survey, as well as personal emails and phone calls to ensure the interests the Knoxville Writers’ Guild are represented by the contest categories and organization.”

Judges will be announced shortly. Please see the below General Contest Guidelines, followed by Specific Contest Guidelines.

Questions should be sent to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org.

For more information, please visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest.

 

General Contest Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all KWG contests. See specific guidelines under each contest heading for individual exceptions or additions. Contestants may submit work through midnight, June 30, 2015.

Note: Failure to adhere to any rule renders your entry subject to rejection with forfeiture of contest entry fee. Please read the rules carefully; they help us process entries more efficiently and fairly.

  1. Contests are open to all individuals above the age of 18 with the following exceptions: Members of the KWG board of directors and contests committee may not submit entries to KWG competitions. Previous first prizewinners are barred from the contest they won for one year. Also, see Specific Guidelines under Young Writers Prize for exceptions to that contest.
  2. Use black type on a white page with 12 point Times New Roman or Courier fonts. Set your margins to one inch, and do not justify.
  3. Contestants may enter more than one contest simultaneously. Additionally, contestants may enter a single contest more than once, with the exclusion of the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction. A separate entry fee is required for each submission.
  4. All submissions must be emailed before midnight Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2015. No printed copies will be accepted this year. Electronic versions only.
  5. You can submit entries in two ways.

Fill out the form at knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest/entry, once for each entry.

OR

Send a separate email for each entry to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org, with the subject line formatted as follows:

Category, Entry Title (as it appears below)

The email body should also indicate which contest you are entering and should include the following:

-Author name

-Mailing address

-Phone number

-Payment method and reference (check number or PayPal confirmation number).

-Word count, poem count, or estimated length as dictated by category-specific guidelines below.

We are accepting only electronic submissions in order to process entries in a more efficient and standardized manner. Your local library or copy center should be able to help you convert your printed document to an electronic format for emailing.

  1. Entries must be submitted through the entry form on www.knoxvillewritersguild.org or as email attachments in any reasonable electronic format. Likely candidates include rtf, plain text, pdf, and various flavors of Word or OpenOffice. The title of your attachment should match the title of your submission. You should receive an automated email confirmation that we’ve received your entry. Please send a follow-up inquiry if you don’t.
  2. Do not put your name, pen name or any other identifying information on the entries themselves. Failure to follow this rule will result in rejection of your entry and forfeiture of your entry fee.
  3. Do not submit previously published works.
  4. See below for descriptions of individual contests, deadlines, and any specific rules for a particular contest.
  5. Except for the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction and the Young Writers category, contests charge a $20 entry fee for nonmembers and $10 for Guild members. The Young Writers category charges a reduced fee of $5 per entry.

Guild membership is $30 per year; $15 for students. To join, make checks payable to KWG or pay by credit card at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.

  1. Note: You can pay entry fees in two ways: either by personal check to the address below or by credit card via PayPal at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.

If you opt to pay by check, include the title of your entry in the memo line and the check number in your entry email.

Payments by check should be sent to:

(Name of Contest)
Awards Office
The Knoxville Writers’ Guild
P.O. Box 10326
Knoxville, TN 37939

  1. The following prizes will be awarded for each category: First Prize – $100, Second Prize – $50, Third Prize – $25.
  2. KWG reserves the right to award only one prize if there are insufficient entries in a given category.
  3. No one person may win multiple prizes in a single category.
  4. KWG reserves publishing rights and electronic rights for one year from the date winners are announced. Afterwards, all rights revert to the author.
  5. Winners and runners-up will be announced on the KWG website.
  6. A collection of winning contest entries will be published later in the year.

Specific Contest Guidelines

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The Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction

In memory of the late Knoxville author, Leslie Garrett.
Fee: There is no fee for entering this contest.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double spaced.
  2. Only one entry per contestant.
  3. See General Guidelines

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The KWG Award for Novel Excerpt

Send us something that makes us want to read more.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.
  2. Please include the word count on the cover sheet. See General Guidelines.

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The Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry

In memory of Libba Moore Gray, noted local author, actress and educator.

Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.
  2. There are no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.
  3. See General Guidelines.

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The KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction is the truth as you know it; the telling of a true story using the tools of fiction. However, names of people and places can be changed.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.
  2. See General Guidelines.

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The KWG Award for Genre Fiction

Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one short story in genre style (e.g. romance, mystery, science fiction, etc.) totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.
  2. See General Guidelines.

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The Young Writers Prize

Fee: $5
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of:

– one short story or stand-alone novel excerpt totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

OR

-no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer with no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.  Poems will be judged as a collection.

  1. Open to all high school students, grades 9 through 12, of the Greater Knoxville area of East Tennessee. No identifying information on stories themselves.
  2. If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to the information required by the General Guidelines):

-School name

-School address

-School phone number

  1. Please contact KWG President Donna Kapa if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

For more information, contact:

Adria Amos

Publicist

Knoxville Writers’ Guild

865-214-7650

AdriaAmosKWG@gmail.com

For more information, please visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest.

My Dream Blog Writing Contest 2015

2 March 2015

My Dream Blog Writing Contest 2015

Do you have a blog? Or would you love to start one soon? Then tell us why you started your blog or why you would love to start a blog, and you could win one of our amazing prizes.

My Dream Blog Writing Contest by HowToStartABlogOnline.net is open to anyone of any age and nationality. There are 2 topics and you’re to write on only one:

  1. “Why I started my blog” (write on this if you already have a blog)
  2. “Why I would love to start a blog” (write on this if you don’t have a blog yet)

All entries MUST quote at least one sentence from this article: 29 Reasons Everyone Should Blog. In responding to the contest question, you can provide just one reason or many reasons. The choice is yours.

Seriously, let your imagination take over. Write the piece you want. Just make sure you read the above article on 29 reasons to start a blog and quote at least one sentence from it. You’re welcome to agree with or disagree with the quoted sentence from the article.

Here are the prizes you could win…

First place: A self-hosted WordPress blog with a premium theme and professional design (value: $354)

Second place: A self-hosted WordPress blog (value: $137)

Third place: Honourable mention

There are a few rules to note…

Each entry must be between 300 and 700 words and be formatted in Times New Roman, font size 12 with double line spacing. On the first page of your entry, include your name, email, phone number and country of residence.

The entry must be in MS Word (.doc or .docx) and the file name should be “Your Name_My Dream Blog Writing Contest”

You must read and quote at least one sentence from the above-linked article: 29 Reasons To Start A Blog.

Only one entry per participant is allowed. Save your entry in MS Word and submit it as an email attachment to Abdullahi [at] HowToStartABlogOnline [dot] net

The deadline for submission of entries is 12 April, 2015 (by 23:59 GMT). Any entry received after this date will not be considered.

For more details and to ask any question about the contest, see the contest page.

So, get your creative juice flowing, express yourself freely and enjoy your writing. You could be our winner!

Visit the website for details:  http://howtostartablogonline.net/my-dream-blog-writing-contest-2015/