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Here’s a contest open to all ages, but only for books written for adults or YA.

It’s for science fiction and fantasy only and is judged by an agent.

The details are here: Dear Lucky Agent Contest

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Poetry Essay Contest

Shmoop (www.shmoop.com), a publisher of digital resources that make learning fun and relevant for students, today announced its Poetry Essay Contest in conjunction with National Poetry Month. The Grand Prize of the contest is a new Apple iPad.

The company also announced that author and English teacher Jim Burke has joined Shmoop as Special Advisor. Burke will also judge the finalists of the Shmoop Poetry Essay Contest. Burke teaches AP English Literature and 9th grade College Prep English at Burlingame High School in Burlingame, CA. Burke is the founder of the English Companion Ning, one of the largest online communities for English teachers. Burke has published 20 books for English teachers.

Shmoop Poetry Essay Contest Details

Answer this question in 500 or fewer words:
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (http://www.shmoop.com/stopping-by-woods-on-a-snowy-evening/ )” by Robert Frost: Examine the relationship between the speaker in the poem and his environment, which includes not only the woods themselves but his horse, the owner of the woods, and the community. Include in your discussion an examination of Frost’s use of language and imagery, focusing on how these contribute to the meaning of the poem and help him to achieve his purpose. Be sure to support your ideas with evidence from the poem.

• Contest open to current high school students (and younger)
• 500 words maximum
• Entries must be written in English
• Submit entry as a Word, text, or PDF document to support@shmoop.com
• Deadline for entry is May 28, 2010

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2010 Totem Heads Contest

Write a story in 1500 words or less.  Make your story appropriate for kids.  The first sentence should start, “So there I was…”.

Two Categories:

1. Ages 11 and under
2. Ages 12 to 18

Send your entry before 31 Dec 2010.

2010 Totem Heads Contest

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Junior contest prize $250 and a trophy. Junior contest writers must be age 12-18 years old.  http://www.clarklibraryfriends.com/dickensjrform.pdf

$5 Entery Fee

They want ghost stories. Any genre, any tone, any subject, whatever type of ghost story you can come up with. The contest is open to published and unpublished writers alike.   The ghost story must be 5,000 words or less. Entry must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2010, but they will start accepting entries beginning July 1, 2010.

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Spring

Cool water bubbles in a spring,
The pool is visited by Nature’s King.

The cougar with his soft tan fur,
Compliments it with a rumbling purr.

The water is so cool and sweet,
So it is where the small birds meet.

Cardinals and blue jays sing their delight,
The water aids them in trouble or plight.

Thirst is quenched, lives are saved,
The water is what the newcomers craved.

Traveling moose stop and drink,
As well as small children with cheeks that are pink

The spring was a miracle for all of the creatures,
A wonder, with all the life saving features.

Its cool water helped the dying and sick,
The moon reflected on it like a flame upon a candle wick.

Does with their fawns come for a drink,
As they taste it their hearts don’t sink.

In fact, they soar, they leap, they fly,
When their run is over they heave a sigh.

The spring had nourished their already warm
hearts…

But not just that. It helped the other parts.

By: Taylor M

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