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WICKED YOUNG WRITERS AWARD
http://www.wickedyoungwriters.com/about_the_award.html

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
27. WLPL’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use of the Website are on the Website.  Entrants will be deemed to have accepted the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and be bound by them.
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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This contest is open to students in grades K-8 in United States and U.S. International schools. Students must develop their entries in groups of three or more under the supervision of an adult who acts as the Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator assures that the entry adheres to the rules and regulations and provides constructive criticism and general guidance. The story and illustrations must be the students’ work.

Each entry must fit into one of the following categories:
• Fiction 21-29 pages, in picture book format

• Nonfiction 21-29 pages, in picture book format

Text on illustration page equals one page. Text facing illustration equals two pages.

There will be one grand-prize winner selected from each category. A total of twenty-five Honorable Mentions will be named as well.

Idea Starters – Use questions to get your students thinking about ideas for their story.

Who? Discuss possible characters to include in the story.

Where? In what setting does the story take place? Are there a variety of settings involved?

When? What is the time period of your story: present day, the future, the past, or a combination?

What? What is going to happen in their story? What is the problem or conflict?

Why? What is the purpose of the story: to educate and inform, to entertain, or a combination? What response do you want from the reader: to make them laugh, cry, understand a different view point or opinion?

How? How is the problem or conflict resolved?

Deadline: Postmarked by March 15 2012

Entry Form: http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/contest/kaa/downloads/kaa_entryform.pdf

More Info: http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/contest/kaa_about.asp

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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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girlwritingTeachers might be interested in this contest for grades K-12.  The Exquisite Prompt Writing Contest

YAAGroup “Members Only” area is filled with writer’s prompts you can use in your classroom.  It is a great way to get your young writers  noticed, since we publish the best submissions in our Author’s Showcase.

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The First Freedom Student Competition is a national essay contest, offering high-school students an opportunity to compete for a $3,000, $1,500 and $750 award, as they examine religious freedom, its history, current importance, and relevance in their lives.  The competition is open to students in the United States and U.S. territories, and to American schools and American home-schooled students worldwide.  We invite 9th – 12th grade students at all levels of academic placement to participate.

The online student registration deadline is Monday, November 23, 2009. The postmark deadline for mailing the essay and its accompanying materials is Saturday, November 28, 2009. Winners will be announced on April 13, 2010, Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/students.html for more details.

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