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The Blue Pencil Online

The Blue Pen Online Writers’ Guidelines

The Blue Pencil Online publishes the work of writers ages 12 to 18 from around the world, with the intention of showcasing the best in literary craft by young writers.

The Blue Pencil Online seeks:

♦ Narrative fiction of up to 5000 words

♦ Both free and measured verse of any length (limit = 3)

♦ Monologues, scenes, and one-act plays

♦ Essays (humorous, personal, miscellaneous) and interviews of up to 2500 words

♦ Translations into English (with original foreign-language text)

♦ Audio recordings of interviews and of readings of literary texts (up to 20 minutes) for Out Loud!

♦ Submissions to Pencil Shavings, The Draft Board, and A Good Read (please visit these features to learn more).

See details here: http://www.thebluepencil.net/bp-submissions/tbpo-writers-guidelines/

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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Submission: To enter, submit a previously unpublished 600- to 800-word personal essay in English on the following topic: “Select a work of fiction, poem or play that has influenced you.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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Stories for Children Magazine

Stories for Children Magazine takes work from writers under 18. From their website:

Stories for Children Magazine is a monthly on-line magazine for children ages 3-12 that launched in spring of 2007. The new issue of the magazine appears on the website for sale the first Monday of each month.
Three aspects of Stories for Children Magazine that set it apart from many other children’s magazines:
Contributors under the age of 18 are encouraged to submit to the magazine (a release form signed by a parent or guardian is needed for publication).
Contributors with no previous writing credits are encouraged to submit their work.
Readers may preview the magazine, read FG interviews, youth publications, and various other columns online at no cost, although readers may download a PDF file of the current or past magazine issues for a small fee.

Submissions to the magazine are solely through email. The magazine does not accept any hard copy submissions.

http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org/SFCcontributors.aspx

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The Fountainhead Essay Contest Information

Eligibility: 11th and 12th Graders

Entry Deadline: April 26, 2011

FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
5 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000
10 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
45 FINALISTS: $100
175 SEMIFINALISTS: $50

The Fountainhead cover

Topics

Select ONE of the following three topics:

  1. After the Stoddard trial, Dominique Francon marries Peter Keating. Given her love for the integrity of Howard Roark’s buildings and person, why does she do this? What is she seeking from the marriage? How does her action of marrying Peter relate to her deeper convictions and conflicts?
  2. In dynamiting Cortlandt Homes, Howard Roark breaks the law. What is his moral and philosophical argument for the rectitude of his action?
  3. Choose the scene in The Fountainhead that is most meaningful to you. Analyze that scene in terms of the wider themes in the book.

Judging

Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of The Fountainhead.

Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are individually selected by the Ayn Rand Institute based on a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Ayn Rand’s works. To ensure the anonymity of our participants, essay cover sheets are removed after the first round. Winners’ names are unknown to judges until after essays have been ranked and the contest results finalized. The Ayn Rand Institute checks essays with Ithenticate plagiarism detection software.

Rules

  • No application is required. Contest is open to students worldwide.
  • Entrant must be in the 11th or 12th grade.
  • To avoid disqualification, mailed in essays must include a stapled cover sheet with the following information:
    1. your name and address;
    2. your e-mail address (if available);
    3. the name and address of your school;
    4. topic selected (#1, 2 or 3 from list above);
    5. your current grade level; and
    6. (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you are completing it for classroom credit.
  • Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length and double-spaced.

For more information: http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/TheFountainhead.aspx?theme=blue

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2011 Sylvia K Burack Writing Award

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 GallerySubmission: 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. For essay writing tips, visit WriterMag.com.

Eligibility:

You must be a student in grade 11 or 12 attending a U.S. or Canadian high school at the time you submit the essay. The winner will be asked to provide proof of enrollment in grade 11 or 12 in a U.S. or Canadian high school. Employees of The Writer, Kalmbach Publishing Co. and Gotham Writers’ Workshop and their families are not eligible to participate.

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