Archive for January, 2011

Amazon Breakthrough Contest starts tomorrow. You can enter if you are at least 13.

From the Amazon.com website:

Amazon.com, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, is pleased to announce the fourth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the international competition seeking the next popular novel. The competition will once again award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.

The Breakthrough Novel Award brings together talented writers, reviewers, and publishing experts to find and develop new voices in fiction. If you’re an author with an unpublished or previously self-published novel waiting to be discovered, visit CreateSpace to sign up for regular contest updates. Open submissions for manuscripts will begin on January 24, 2011 and run through February 6, 2011.

See the official contest rules for more information on how to enter.


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From Gotham Writer’s Workshop:

The Sylvia K. Burack Writing Award is a writing contest for high school students in grades 11 and 12 in the U.S. and Canada. The award is made in memory of Sylvia K. Burack, longtime editor and publisher of The Writer. Burack was known for her dedication to helping writers and editors.

The winning writer will receive:

• $500
• Publication in The Writer magazine and on WriterMag.com
• A one-year subscription to The Writer
• A copy of the Gotham Writers’ Workshop anthology Fiction Gallery

Submission: To enter, submit a previously unpublished 600- to 800-word personal essay in English on the following topic: “Select a work of fiction, poem or play that has influenced you. Discuss the work and explain how it affected you.” No song lyrics. Deadline March 31, 2011

for more information: 2011 Sylvia K Burack Writing Award


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Alfred University in Western New York state offers two Creative Writing Institutes for students entering grades 10-12 who love to write and want to improve their skills.

Each institute provides an introduction into a variety of genres: poetry, short fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction.

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The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, offers a five-week summer program for students who have completed their sophomore year of high school.  June 26-July 29, 2011.  College credit is available.

SMFA Boston Summer Program


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Young Christian Short Story Contest

Here’s a short story contest with two categories, one for those 12 – 16, and the other 17 and up (even though the title says “Young” there doesn’t seem to be an upper age limit.)

  • Cost:  $10 for early birds (if submitted by January 15, 2011);
    $15 standard entry fee.THEME: In today’s world, we see economic hardship and other
    troubles all around us, whether in Europe, North America, or
    the developing world.  How has your faith grown through
    difficult situations and hard times?  How has God helped you
    or your family with a particular great need?  Judges will be
    looking for well-written, heart-warming, realistic stories
    that portray the importance of family, sincere Christian values,
    and faith in God. Deadline March 15, 2011. Length: 1,500 to
    3,000 words. 

    Young Professional (17 thru 90+):

  • 1st Prize: $600
  • 2nd Prize: $300
  • Three Runner Ups: $150 each.
  • Two Honorable MentionsAspiring Writer (12 thru 16):
  • 1st Prize: $300
  • 2nd Prize: $200
  • Three Runner Ups: $100 each.
  • Two Honorable MentionsEnglish as Second Language (International):
  • 1st Prize: $100
  • http://www.livinglightspublishing.com/p/about-contest.html

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    Second Place Winner of the David L Harrison’s November Word of the Month Contest. 


    Thanks is a way of life
    Thanks is a way of passion
    I am thankful for things in my life
    I remember when we all use to sit around
    the table and give thanks
    Thanks can go a long way
    Thanks is a gift
    Thanks comes around all the time

    By Jacquanna Gillins
    Crescent City Jr Sr High School
    9th Grade
    Teacher: Lisa Martino
    Crescent City, FL

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    Atlantic Center for the Arts
    your word Teen Creative Writing Residency

    Twelve-Day Intensive Writing Residency for 9th-12th Graders.

    Sunday, July 24 – Saturday, August 6, 2011
    Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

    Application Deadline April 4, 2011

    More information here.

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    Every Month David L Harrison puts out a Word of The Month and young adults and adults submit their poems.  At the end of month the winners are announced.  Due to the holidays, we are just posting the winners from Mr. Harrison’s November Contest.  Tomorrow we will post the second place winner, so please stop back.  The word for the month was Thankful. 


    Everyday I wake
    I give thanks
    To see the sun rise
    I give thanks
    For a family that is wise
    I give thanks
    Life, health, and strength
    Nothing but thanks
    To the one up above

    By La’ Joi Word
    Crescent City Jr Sr High School
    10th Grade
    Crescent City, FL
    Teacher: Lisa Martino

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    The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University offers an intensive four weeks of art-making and classes for high school students entering their junior and senior years.

    Application requirements include transcripts and portfolio (slides, photos, etc.   The Art Institute of Boston Young Artist Residency Program.

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    Claremont Review Contest

    The Claremont Review offers an annual contest for fiction or poetry for young people 13-19.

    There are over $2000 in prizes.  Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2011.

    Details are available here:  http://www.theclaremontreview.ca/annual_contest.htm

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