The John Betjeman poetry competition for young people 2012 on Young Authors and Artists Group. The competition is open to 10-13 year-olds in the UK and the Republic of Ireland until a closing date of 31st July.
The judges are the poet Grace Nichols and the author and journalist Andrew Martin.
The first prize is £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of his or her school or local library).
The winning school and the school that generates the most number of entries will win poet visits. There are also Eurostar tickets and book tokens for winning entries. Each child is invited to send in (by post or online) one poem on the theme of ‘place’. They can choose anywhere that is important to them – from their bedroom to somewhere they visited on holiday, from their favourite park to their favourite building. The subject of their poem could be a city or a garden or a beach or a street. We are asking them to capture in words what that place means to them.
Winners of the poetry competition are invited to read their poems aloud to an audience of judges, entrants, teachers and parents as well as sponsors and press, at a prize giving held on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4th October, on the upper concourse of St Pancras International, next to the bronze statue of Sir John Betjeman by Martin Jennings. This year the prize of £1000 will be presented by an emcee (to be announced shortly) and Grace Nichols will read some of her poems.
Winners of the poetry competition are invited to read their poems aloud to an audience at an awards ceremony held on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4th October, on the upper concourse of St Pancras International, next to the bronze statue of Sir John Betjeman.
The competition is free to enter and online entry form can be found at our website http://www.betjemanpoetrycompetition.com . Poems can also be sent via the post and should be addressed to: The John Betjeman children’s poetry competition, PO BOX3770, Royal Mail, Swan Lane, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7JB.
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WICKED YOUNG WRITERS AWARD
There will be the opportunity to enter into five different age categories:
5-7 years old
8-10 years old
11-14 years old
15-17 years old
18-25 years old
WICKED Young Writers Award Competition Rules 2012
1. These rules (the “Rules”) relate to the competition (the “Competition”) for the WICKED Young Writers’ Award (the “Award”). PLEASE READ THESE RULES CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING THE COMPETITION. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PARENT’S OR GUARDIAN’S CONSENT TO ENTER IF YOU ARE UNDER 18.
2. Further information on the Award can be found on the website at www.WickedYoungWriters.com (the “Website”).
3. The Competition is run by WICKED London Production Limited (“WLPL”).
4. By entering the Competition entrants will be deemed to have accepted the Rules and be bound by them.
5. The Competition opens on Tuesday 6 December 2011.
6. Entries must be received by no later than 17:00 BST on Sunday 22 July 2012. Late, illegible, damaged, incorrect or illegal entries will be disqualified. WLPL cannot take any responsibility for any such entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt by WLPL.
7. Entry to the Competition is free.
8. The Competition is open to young people between the ages of 5 and 25 years of age as at the Competition closing date who are resident in the UK excluding employees of WLPL or Competition judges (or members of their immediate families). There are 5 age categories for entry: 5-7 years old, 8-10 years old, 11-14 years old, 15-17 years old and 18-25 years old. WLPL reserves the right to ask for proof of age from entrants.
9. Entrants under 18 years of age must have permission to enter the Competition from a parent or guardian who will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the Rules. WLPL reserves the right to ask for proof of permission. Entries without permission will be disqualified.
10. Entries may comprise stories, poems or drama. Each entry must be the entrant’s own original work. Entries must be typewritten and no longer than 750 words. Entries may be accompanied by illustrations, but these will not be taken into account by the Competition judges.
11. It is not necessary to have good spelling or grammatical skills to enter the Competition. Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, rather than how they are executed. The decision of the Competition judges is final.
12. Entries may be made by post or submitted online via the Website. Entries submitted online must be in Microsoft Word .doc or .dox format and the maximum file is 2MB. Entries cannot be returned.
13. Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form. The entry forms for both postal and online entries are available on the Website. Entries may be made by individual entrants or by teachers on behalf of their pupils. There are different entry forms for individual and teacher entries made by post, and two online entry forms. Where multiple entries are made by a teacher all entrants must be in the same age category.
14. Each piece of work entered into the Competition must be marked with the entrant’s name and age. Where multiple pieces of work are submitted by a teacher, each individual piece of work must also be marked with the school name and address.
15. A panel of teachers selected by WLPL (the “Panel”) will review all entries and select the Competition finalists (the “Finalists”). There will be 5 Finalists from each age category.
16. The Finalists will be notified by Monday 1 October 2012 using the contact details on their entry form. If WLPL is unable to contact any Finalist by Sunday 7 October 2012, WLPL may select another entrant as a substitute Finalist.
17. Each Finalist’s entry will be published in a WICKED Young Writers Award 2012 anthology (the “Anthology”), the proceeds from the sale of which may be put towards the continuation of the Award annually.
18. Finalists will be invited to attend an Award ceremony (the “Ceremony”), the date, time and location of which will be notified in advance. Failure to attend the Ceremony will not affect an entry’s eligibility for the Award. Finalists must confirm whether or not they will attend the Ceremony by the date specified on the invitation. Failure to respond to the invitation will be treated as an inability to attend.
19. The date, time and location of the Ceremony may be subject to change at the discretion of WLPL.
20. The Finalists’ entries will be judged by the Panel with the addition of Michael Morpurgo as chair. One winner will be chosen from each age category.
21. The 5 winners (the “Winners”) selected by the judges will each receive the following prize:
- Four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London and an opportunity to meet cast members after the show. Prize tickets are strictly subject to availability and are valid for a Monday to Friday 7.30 pm or Wednesday and Saturday 2:30 pm performance excluding school holidays.
- A writing master-class from one of the Award judges.
22. The two schools that submit the most entries as decided by the Competition judges will receive a range of books selected by WLPL for their school libraries.
23. All prizes are not transferable. No cash alternative is available for any prize.
24. WLPL reserves the right to cancel the Competition, to offer alternative prizes and to change the Rules at any stage.
25. In consideration for WLPL’s acceptance of an entry and by submitting an entry to the Competition:
- each entrant and (if an entrant is under 18) his or her parent or guardian gives WLPL permission to use and publish his or her entry to the Competition in any media and format throughout the world, including in the Anthology and in a gallery on the Website.
- each entrant and (if an entrant is under 18) his or her parent or guardian waives all moral rights in his or her entry to the Competition; and
- each entrant and (if an entrant is under 18) his or her parent or guardian warrants that nothing in his or her entry will infringe the copyright or any other intellectual property right of any third party or defame any third party.
26. Each Finalist agrees to sign a release form assigning copyright in his or her entry to WLPL and confirming the permissions, waivers and warranties given above. Finalists under the age of 18 will be required to obtain the signature of a parent or guardian on the release form.
28. Entrants to the Competition consent to the use by WLPL of their name, age and town of residence to announce the winners of the Competition and to identify entrants in any publication of an entry in accordance with the Rules. Entrants also consent to the use of their personal information by WLPL to contact Finalists and prize winners, to verify compliance with the Rules and for administration of the Competition. Finalists and Winners may be required to take part in publicity for the Award and the Competition.
29. Any questions concerning the Rules or the Competition may be directed to info@WickedYoungWriters.com.
30. These Rules are governed by English law and the Courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes arising out of the Rules.
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WHITE COUNTY CREATIVE WRITERS CONTESTS FOR KIDS
DEADLINES: JULY 25TH
1. JEAN GIPSON MEMORIAL AWARD – PRIZES: 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 1-8. Short 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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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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Posted in children, Kids, need to know, teens, writing, Writing How to do, tagged Books, genre, Kids, need to know, teens, writing on August 15, 2010|
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In writing, genre is just a fancy word for categories of books.
A few fiction genres are: historical, romance, graphic novels, mystery, fantasy, and horror. Genres can be mixed or combined to make a melded genre, like historical fantasy.
There are categories within Nonfiction too. A few of those are biography, history, science, or animals.
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This is an ongoing essay contest. Write an essay of 300 words or less describing a true story describing the most difficult decision you’ve had to make choosing between right and wrong. The current contest ends Dec. 31, 2009, but a new contest will begin January 1, 2010.
Kids Can Do It Contest
Information on lots of other contests is available in the Members Section of the YAAGroup.org.
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Posted in children, Kids, tagged contest, Kids on March 5, 2010|
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April marks the 14th anniversary of National Poetry Month. To help celebrate, budding Emily Dickinsons and Edgar Allan Poes are encouraged to participate in the 3rd annual “Paws for Poetry” Contest (PawsforPoetry.org).
To enter, children ages 5-12 are to write a poem to, and provide a photo of, their favorite animal friend. The contest is co-sponsored by kids’ virtual field trip Web site Meet Me at the Corner (MeetMeAtTheCorner.org) and Flashlight Press (FlashLightPress.com ). Original poems of any length may be submitted in one of two categories: Group One (ages 5-9) and Group Two (ages 10-12).
One grand prize winner in each category will receive a prize package worth $50.00. Two runners-up in each category will receive a $25.00 gift package. Children’s author, poet, and Iraqi war veteran Thad Krasnesky, writer of the upcoming “That Cat Can’t Stay” (Flashlight Press, 2010) is the contest judge. In addition to the prize packages, winning poems and pet photos will be highlighted in an upcoming Meet Me at the Corner video pod cast. The pod cast will be videotaped at New York’s Angellicle Cat Rescue Center. Local students will present the winning poems.
All submissions should be mailed to “Paws for Poetry” Contest, c/o Meet Me at the Corner, 20 West Del Norte, Colorado Springs, CO, 80908. The contest deadline is April 15, 2010. For more information, rules and submission guidelines, visit PawsforPoetry.org.
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