Archive for September, 2010

Here’s a market a few kids might be interested in.  Secular Homeschooling invites young homeschoolers to contribute short articles, stories, black and white artwork, and poems for their Home Scholars page.  Contributors will be paid $5 for each accepted submission.

Link to Submission Guidelines:  http://www.secular-homeschooling.com/write.html

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The American Immigration Council is proud to sponsor the 14th annual Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest. The contest inspires educators to bring U.S. Immigration history and lessons into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explore America as a nation of immigrants.

Past winners have used the theme “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants” to discuss their personal immigration experiences, learn about and share family histories or write about the broader questions of the challenges facing immigrants in a new land. Fifth grade students enter their work in local contests which are sponsored by chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Each chapter forwards the local winning entry to the National Competition where entries are reviewed by a distinguished panel including U.S. senators, award-winning authors and noted journalists. Winning entries are to be printed in the Congressional Record. The grand prize winner and two guests (including one parent/guardian) will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Council’s Annual Benefit Dinner where the winner will be recognized and will recite the winning piece. Local and national judges are looking for student writing that is original, thoughtful and speaks to the Council’s mission to educate the public about the benefits of immigration to our society.


The Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest kicks off in the fall or early winter (depending on the local contest rules) as volunteer attorneys from local AILA chapters visit teachers and classrooms. The attorneys give classroom presentations on immigration to inform students and teachers about the important role immigration plays in our society. The attorneys also explain contest details and get students excited about participating.

In the winter and early spring, teachers submit student entries to local AILA chapters who then select and honor a winner(s) on the local level. In April, local AILA chapters send winning entries to the Council, to be judged by our panel of national celebrity judges. The top national winner is announced in early May.


Theme: “Why I Am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants”

Entrants: 5th graders


  • Any written entry (essay, poem, story, interview, etc.) that reflects the theme
  • Entry should be submitted to your contest coordinator (some local contests require electronic submissions, so please check with your coordinator).

Word count: Up to 500 words

Judging criteria: Theme, presentation, creativity and message


To contact a local Contest Coordinator, visit the Council’s Community Education Center webpage at www.celebrateamericawritingcontest.org or email teacher@immcouncil.org.

  • Cover page must include student’s name, address, grade, age, school and telephone number
  • Proof of enrollment in the fifth grade—such as report cards, transcripts or letters from the school principal
  • A Release Form must be signed by contestant and parent or guardian.

See all the details here: http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community/celebrate-america-creative-writing-contest-2011

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First Freedom Student Competition

From their site:

The First Freedom Student Competition is a first-semester national essay and video contest. It offers high-school students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation.  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 right to religious freedom is set forth in constitutional and international human rights law.  Today’s youth play an important role in upholding and strengthening this liberty; therefore, the First Freedom Student Competition has been developed to:

  • Help high-school students better understand religious freedom – its history and current significance;
  • Encourage high-school students to explore their individual and civic rights to and responsibilities for religious freedom;
  • Engage high-school teachers and students in the study of American history and the First Amendment; and
  • Challenge high-school students to strengthen their analytic writing and media skills.

The online student registration deadline is Monday, November 15, 2010. The postmark deadline for mailing the entry and its accompanying materials is Saturday, November 27, 2010. Winners will be announced on April 13, 2011, Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

See the details here:  http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/students.html

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The theme of the 2010-2011 Voice of Democracy contest is “Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?”

The scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12.  It annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships.  Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships, each Department’s first place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Entry deadline is November 1, 2010.

More details are available here:  http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=150

Information on lots of other writing contests is listed in the Members’ Section of the YAAGroup.org.

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Here’s an interesting blog post by Adventures in Children’s Publishing.

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Final judges are Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries) Jim David (Garfield) and Danny Kallis (creator of the TV shows) The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck). Stories must be written by children 4-13 years of age.

Manuscript can be cover any topic, fiction or nonfiction, and between 250-1,000 words.  Contest is open until October 15, 2010.

MrsP.com Writing Contest

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Ralph Nading Hill Writing Contest

For any student or resident of Vermont.

Submit your thoughts on “Vermont, Its People, The Place, Its History, or Its Values” as an essay, short story, play, or poem. Your entry must be 1,500 words or less.

Deadline is Nov. 15, 2010.

Details are here.

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