Archive for April, 2011

Creative Kids Writers’ and Artists’ Guidelines

Please follow these instructions carefully. The editors will not review or respond to materials that are improperly submitted. Improper submissions will be discarded.

  • We are looking for the very best material by students (ages 8–16). Material may include cartoons, songs, stories between 500 and 1200 words, puzzles, photographs, artwork, games, editorials, poetry, and plays, as well as any other creative work that can fit in the pages of the magazine.
  • All work must be original. Upon acceptance of a work, we will request that a legal guardian sign our standard contract granting copyright permission. The contract will be mailed with notification of acceptance.
  • Work may be submitted by the author, parent, or teacher. Each piece must be labeled with the child’s name, birthday, grade, school, and home address, and must include a cover letter.
  • Each entry should be sent in its own envelope via first class mail. Do not send more than one submission in each envelope. Teachers, please do not send more than 3 submissions in each envelope.
  • Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a response. Do not seal the SASE. Submissions without a SASE will not be considered. Submissions will not be returned. Teachers, please include a SASE for each piece of work submitted.
  • All submissions must be typed on 8 1/2 x 11-inch white paper. Use only one side of each sheet. Include student’s name at the top of each page.
  • Materials submitted should not be under consideration by any other publisher.
  • Items should be carefully prepared and proofread. All activities requiring solutions must be accompanied by the correct answers.
  • Illustrations, cartoons, comics, and other graphic items should be completed in black ink and/or felt pens. We also accept color copies of paintings, watercolors, colored pencil sketches, collages, and other artwork. If artwork is mounted, it must be on flexible board. Names should be printed on the back of the artwork or photograph—not on the front.
  • Keep a copy of any work submitted. When sending artwork, send a color copy of the material. Creative Kids will solicit the original work if it is accepted for publication.
  • We only accept gloss-finished photographs (no Polaroids). Digital photographs printed on high-quality glossy photo paper are acceptable.
  • Students submitting accepted material will receive a free copy of the Creative Kids issue in which their work appears. Creative Kids reserves the right to edit submissions.
  • Mail all materials to Submissions Editor, Creative Kids, P.O. Box 8813, Waco, TX 76714-8813. Creative Kids cannot be responsible for losses in the mail or for damage due to faulty packaging.

See details at website: http://www.prufrock.com/client/client_pages/prufrock_jm_ck_wg.cfm

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Kids Write,  a contest for grades 1-6

Stories should be 500 words or less.


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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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From Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society:

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. will open it’s 2011 competition on January 1, 2011. The announced deadline for 2011 has been extended a month to May 1, 2011. Please note changes throughout the guidelies have been made. Winners will be announced formally at the annual meeting of the Society, which takes place in November. A list of manuscripts which have been designated finalists and semi-finalists will be posted on the website by September 1. Winners will be notified with plenty of time to make plans to be present to receive their awards. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society will publish a list of all winners and finalists on its web site not later than January 31, 2012. Click Here for entry form.

Info on Category Seven – Short Story by a High School Student:

Prize, $750, Student Author; $250, Sponsoring Teacher A prize of $250 is awarded to the sponsoring teacher. The Betty Moss Prize is funded annually by Mr. and Mrs. Hartwig Moss, III, in memory of his mother. Requirements: original work of fiction of less than 5,000 words. Entries must have sponsoring teacher or school, preferably both. $10 entry fee to be paid by school or, in case of home schooled students, by teacher. Shorts stories by High School students must be submitted electronically in word.doc format to Faulkhouse@aol.com. Entries submitted in other formats will be automatically rejected. The entry will consist of two word documents—one a contact page with author’s name, address, e-mail address and phone number, category, title of manuscript and number of words; and, two, the entry consisting of a title page with title and category, and the actual manuscript. Attachment two, the entry, will have no author identifying information on it, as entries are read blind. Pages of actual manuscript are to be numbered. No hard copies of manuscripts are required or desired in this category. A hard copy of the entry form and the appropriate fee will be submitted by ground mail to Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116. All questions regarding the competition must be submitted to Faulkhouse@aol.com.

Details are here.

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The Fountainhead Essay Contest Information

Eligibility: 11th and 12th Graders 

Entry Deadline: April 26, 2011

FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
10 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
45 FINALISTS: $100

The Fountainhead cover


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.

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To celebrate Educator Appreciation Days, Kobo and Borders want to give you and your favorite teacher Kobo Wireless eReaders. Just tell us about your favorite teacher in 250 words or less and you could win! Click here to enter.

DEADLINE: April 15th.

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