Archive for July, 2011


Young writers under the age of 24 are urged to enter the competition to share in $5,500 in prize money and have the opportunity to be published online and in the December issue of Voiceworks, Express Media’s literary quarterly.  The first place winner of the Short Story prize will receive $3,000 (18-24) and the winner of the poetry prize wins $1,500 (18-24). First place winners of both the Poetry and the Short story prize (under 18) receive $500 each.

Deadline August 31, 2011.

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From the National Junior Horticulture Association:

Horticulture Essay Contest

This project is designed to stimulate youth interest in writing and research on horticultural subjects. It can be integrated into high-school English and research classes to make students more aware of the scope and opportunities in horticulture.

Who Can Participate

15-18 and  19-22 years old, individuals.

Project Requirements

A 1500-2000 word paper with at least five references.

Deadline September 15.

More info here.

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Deadline July 31, 2011. Open to 11-17 year olds. Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges, and receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day.  Open to all young writers internationally, but entries must be in English.

The 15 Overall Winners aged 11-17 will have their poems printed in the winners’ anthology and all Commended Poets will have their names published inside.

 15-17 year olds in the Overall Winners category will attend a week-long residential course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres.

 11-14 year olds in the Overall Winners category will win a short residency in their school by a leading poet followed by distance mentoring.

All 100 winners (Overall and Commended) receive a year’s Youth Membership and the opportunity to contribute to our brand new YM magazine.

 All 100 winners (Overall and Commended) will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London in October 2011.

All 100 winners (Overall and Commended) will receive prizes including books published by Faber & Faber, Bloodaxe Books, Picador, Salt Publishing, Seren, and tall-lighthouse.

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Essay Contest for Ages 8-13

Here’s an essay contest for children, sponsored by Leafguard, a gutter control company.

The essay is to name the company’s logo, which is a squirrel, and the winner gets a $1500 contributed to an educational savings account.

Entries are due by December 31, 2011. For children 8-13 years of age.


  • One First Prize winner will receive $1,500, funded to an educational savings account.
  • One Second Prize winner will receive $1,000, funded to an educational savings account.
  • One Third Prize winner will receive $500, funded to an educational savings account.

About the Contest

    • In 150 words or less, tell us what our squirrel’s name should be and why you have picked that name.
    • Contest runs from June 15, 2011 through December 31, 2011. Mailed entries must be postmarked by no later than December 24, 2011.
    • To enter online, send your typed, double-spaced submission of 150 words maximum, preferably double spaced and formatted for 8½-by-11-inch paper in a Microsoft Word document tocontest@leafguard.com.
  • To enter via postal mail, submit your essay by mailing your entry to Squirrel Contest, PO Box 310, Pluckemin, NJ 07978. Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than December 24, 2011. All entries must be received no later than December 31, 2011. Limit one entry per person or e-mail account. Essays should be submitted in English at a maximum of 150 words and typed and double-spaced on 8½-by-11-inch paper. Essays exceeding this length or handwritten may not be considered

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1. JEAN GIPSON MEMORIAL AWARDPRIZES: 1st place $50, 2nd place
$30, 3rd place $20.
Contemporary Fiction Short Story, 1500 word max. Sponsored by White County Creative Writers.

2. WRITERS’ CHOICE – Short Story, fiction, any genre, 1500 words max. No sex, profanity, excessive violence or porn. Sponsored by Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas.

3. THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT –  poetry, any form – no verse or special structure, 30-40 lines.  Sponsored by The PenPoint Group.

4. CENTRAL ARKANSAS WRITERS AWARD – Creative nonfiction story based on a childhood memory, 1500 word max. Sponsored by Central Arkansas Writers.

5.  WESTWARD HO! Award – Western , First Chapter or Short Story. Sponsored by Dusty Richards.

6. DID YOU LISTEN?  1 page poem or 500 word prose piece using 5 poetic devices/techniques. $5 HM awards.  Sponsored by Pat Laster.

7. BAKER-NICHOLS AWARD – Short Story, Fiction, 2000 words max.  Sponsored by Freeda Baker Nichols.

8. TWEAKING THE MYTH – retelling of a myth or fairy tale from a secondary character’s perspective.  2000 words max. Name original piece below title.  Brief critique given if requested on cover sheet.  Sponsored by Carole Hodges.

9. FOUR LEAF CLOVER Award – Poem praising Ireland or the Irish People, blank verse in two stanzas – first 8 lines, second 14 lines, in Iambic Pentameter.  Sponsored by Del Garrett.

10. FIRST CHAPTER – First Chapter of a Romance Novel. Must be clean –  no off-color, cursing, or bedroom scenes. Sponsored by Shannon Vannatter.

11. THAT’S WHAT YOU GET – Short story, 1500 words. Subject – That’s what you get for $1.79!  Sponsored by Peggy Sanders.

12. IT COULD BE VERSE– Lyric Poem, 50  lines max.  Sponsored by Glassworks Ink.

13. NEW WRITER CONTEST – for writers who have never won money in a contest.  Short story or essay, Fiction or Non fiction, 1500 words max. Award given in memory of WCCW member Lois Clay. Sponsored by Dorothy Hatfield.

14. HOW’D THEY DO THAT? – non-fiction, ‘How To’ article on any subject, 800 words max. Sponsored by Christine Henderson.

15. FAMILY MATTERS – Essay about someone in your family that’s important to you, 1500 words max.  Sponsored by Debra Middleton.

16. FOR KIDS –  for grades 1-8Short story, any subject, 1500 words max.
Specify grade level below title.  Sponsored by RobertsFamilyArk.
There has been some confusion on this contest, so we will be
accepting entries from both student and adult writers.  Awards will be made for both.

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