Archive for November, 2009

U.S. Kids is holding their 10th annual cover contest for kids aged 3-12.  The top three artists will have their artwork used on the cover of Jack & Jill, Humpty Dumpty, or Turtle magazines.  Details are available at http://cbhi.org/artcontest/

There is information on lots more writing and art contests in the member’s section of the YAAGroup.org.

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Taken from Jerry & Eileen Spinelli’s new book, TODAY I WILL: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself.

Jerry Spinelli – www.jerryspinelli.com

Eileen Spinelli – www.eileenspinelli.com

Jerry and Eileen will be answering questions right here at the Young Authors and Artists Group, so please send in  your questions for Jerry and Eileen.  Join the YAAGroup at www.yaagroup.org/join.htm

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The contests page for www.YAAGroup.org members has been updated with several new contests for writers and artists.

Here’s information on an upcoming one:

 (writing contest that can include a drawing)


For Students in U.S. Grades 4-5 and 6-8, and Homeschool or International Students Ages 9-14.


Deadline is February 1, 2010.  http://www.booksfromtheheart.com/grannieannie/assets/Guidelines0910.pdf

Enter a story from a past generation of your family. The story can be humorous, tragic, or inspirational. It can be a story of 
courage, adventure, or anything you find interesting about your
family’s past. Your story must be 275-500 words long and must 
be submitted in English. You may include a black-ink line drawing (no wider than 4″, no 
taller than 7″) that illustrates your story. The stories selected will be included in the book published in 2010.

Check out the  www.YAAGroup.org members contest page for information on other contests.

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  • Full Circle Beginning/End – this is where you start and finish your story with the same idea, saying, or scene.
  • Dialogue Beginning – A sentence said by one of your characters that will grab the reader’s attention and suck them in to your story.  Such as E.B. White’s classic Charlotte’s Web. “‘Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.” 
  • The Action Beginning – This is the story that starts right in the middle of the conflict and makes your reader want to see what happens next. 

Become a member of the YAAGroup and you will be able to read more about beginnings, plus access information to improve your writing,  along with lots of writing prompts to inspire, opportunities to show off your writing and places to submit you work.  http://www.yaagroup.org/join.htm

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Centenary College in Hacketsttown New Jersey offers a summer Creative Writing camp.
Summer Scholars TV Production

Centenary Summer Scholars is a co-ed academic program for rising 8th through 12th grade students.

Information is available at the Centenary College website.

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clownHere’s a contest for those in Grades 6-12 or homeschooled who like to write humor.


Due date is December 15th, 2009, and there is no entry fee.


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The First Freedom Student Competition is a national essay contest, offering high-school students an opportunity to compete for a $3,000, $1,500 and $750 award, as they examine religious freedom, its history, current importance, and relevance in their lives.  The competition is open to students in the United States and U.S. territories, and to American schools and American home-schooled students worldwide.  We invite 9th – 12th grade students at all levels of academic placement to participate.

The online student registration deadline is Monday, November 23, 2009. The postmark deadline for mailing the essay and its accompanying materials is Saturday, November 28, 2009. Winners will be announced on April 13, 2010, Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/students.html for more details.

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pirateDavid L Harrison puts up a new puzzle every month.  This months puzzle is about pirates. 

Actually, puzzles can help you build your vocabulary.  And a respectable vocabulary is a tool authors need in order to write a good story. http://www.davidlharrison.com/kids.htm

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Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Sourcebooks and Gotham Writers’ Workshop, is hosting its first Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York’s leading YA literary agents.  This contest is for those 13 and older.   http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/YAPitch.php

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Show off your talents and win a free membership to www.yaagroup.org

1.  Write a Poem – See post for details http://wp.me/ptrjt-2C

2.  Submit Artwork – See post for details http://wp.me/ptrjt-2t

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