Archive for June, 2010

This is an ongoing essay contest.  Write an essay of 300 words or less describing a true story describing the most difficult decision you’ve had to make choosing between right and wrong.    The current contest ends Dec. 31, 2009, but a new contest will begin January 1, 2010.

Kids Can Do It Contest

Information on lots of other contests is available in the Members Section of the YAAGroup.org.

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Step Write Up is an intensive, week-long workshop for intellectually curious, motivated young writers in grades 7-11. Our goal is to help students develop their creative abilities to become better and more insightful writers.
Working with published authors, poets, and screenwriters, students will have learning opportunities for writing, sharing, brainstorming, drafting, revising, and publishing. Each session will have limited enrollment to ensure ongoing individual attention.

Institute Sessions
The Creative Writing Institute will meet in three sessions in July. Participants choose which session they would like to attend:

Session 1: July 12-16, 2010
Session 2: July 19-23, 2010
Session 3: July 26-30, 2010
Nancy Luchene
355 Goshen Road • P.O. Box 909
Litchfield, CT 06759-0909
Phone: 860.567.0863 x116
Fax: 860.567.3381
Email: luchene@educationconnection.org

Dates: Monday through Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fee: $175 (register before May 1st)
$200 (register after May 1st)

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3d puppet, carrying in hands the big bag of moneyCan you write?

Would you like to win $3000?

If your answer is “Yes,”

then get your pencil out,

put on your thinking cap and

start writing.


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 22, 2010. The postmark deadline
for mailing the essay and its accompanying materials is
Saturday, November 27, 2010.

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showdonttellSomeone recently asked about “Show, Don’t Tell.”

Once you get the difference, it’s easy.

Let’s say you’re writing a story where it rains. If you’re telling, you’d say “It is raining.”

If you’re showing, you’d describe the sound of the raindrops pattering on the roof, the way the lightning lights up the room or the rainbow as the sun comes out, the smell of the wet leaves or the way the dampness makes your hair frizz.

Showing is description, but it can be emotion too.  An example of telling would be “I’m scared of the lightning.”

Showing would be “The flash of lightning lit the room.  A shiver ran up my spine and my heart stopped for a moment while I counted the seconds until the thunder roared.  Three seconds.  Too close.  My heart pounded and I dove under the covers.”

There’s lots more information on this topic in the Member’s Section of the YAAGroup.

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Berry Blue Haiku

Here’s a new magazine focusing on Haiku for children up to age 13.

Berry Blue Haiku

Writer/illustrator Guidelines and Information

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The Pearl S. Buck Volunteer Association is running a short story contest:

“Writers at a Writer’s House”

Information isn’t posted on any website, but here it is, with a contact email:

Story must be original and not previously published.

It must be typed, double spaced.

Your name, address and phone number must be on the upper left corner of the first page

Word count on the upper right coner.

All other pages must have your name on the upper left corner above the page number.

A submission form must accompany all manuscripts

Submissions must be received by Ausut 1, 2010.

Submissions will be accepted in age categories:

Middle School/High School Ages 12-17 word count not to exceed 1,500 words

Adult (over age 18) word count not to exceed 2,500 words

For submission form, email: write2b@comcast.net

Submissions should be mailed to:

“A Writer at a Writer’s House” Short Story Contest

Pearl S. Buck International

520 Dublin Rd.

Perkasie, PA 18944

Two winners in eah age category. Winners will be announced at Pearl S. Buck International’s International Festival held on September 12, 2010.

Pearl S. Bucks was the first American woman to win BOTH the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for Literature.

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