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Have you ever taken an unexpectedly wonderful — or terrible but funny — trip with your family?  Have advice on how to make the most of a cultural experience or destination?  Have you gone somewhere — near or far — that opened up new ways of looking at the world?

Family Travel Forum (FTF), the web’s leading trip-planning resource for family travelers, and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a non-profit organization that promotes responsible journalism and encourages the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide, are offering a scholarship to encourage teens to share their travel experiences.

The rules of the annual FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship are simple: Submit a travel blog about where you went and what it meant to you, what worked and what didn’t, what you learned from the trip, or how it changed you. Use words, images and video to share your adventure with other travelers — it can be funny, serious or contemplative — as long as it’s informative.

The top three winners will receive cash awards. Twenty-five finalists will win honorable mention awards and travel gifts.

FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarships

All winners will receive a Family Travel Forum Certificate of Commendation and all complete submissions will be published on Family Travel Forum’s MyFamilyTravels.com website.

FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Rules

Eligibility for FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

  • All applicants must sign up for the MyFamilyTravels.com community prior to submitting an essay.
  • Applications will be accepted between April 16, 2012 and August 1, 2012
  • Applicants must be ages 13-18 and attending grades 8-12 as of June 27, 2012. Graduating seniors are only eligible if you submit your completed travel blog on or before June 27, 2012.
  • The travel experience you write about must have occurred between the ages of 12-18, and within the last five years.
  • Applicants must be attending junior high or high school in the United States or Canada, or an American international school abroad, or be enrolled in a U.S. homeschool program.

Submission Requirements for FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

  • Travel blogs must be no more than 600 words in length.
  • Entries must include text and be illustrated by at least one photo, digital artwork or video.
  • Travel blogs must include practical details about your travels so that others can follow in your footsteps. Details should include names of resorts, hotels or cruise ships, the local beach, organized volunteer and teen tour programs, URLs for places you went, etc.
  • Travel blogs must be submitted online using the FTF Teen Travel Scholarship Essay Submission Form. Please create a strong, descriptive blog title, and use the editing tools provided to make paragraph breaks or add punctuation, and to upload your photos and or video.
  • All applications must be received no later than 11:59pm ET on August 1, 2012. Late entries will not be considered.
  • Your Travel blog must be your original creation and must not have been previously published.
  • Multiple submissions are not allowed and we accept only one travel blog per entrant.

If you are notified that you are a Finalist, you will be contacted after September 28, 2012 and asked to send a copy of your transcript from your school, as well as a permission letter from your parents if you are under 18. More information about the Parent Permission Letter is available on the FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship FAQ page. These documents must be received by email, fax or snail mail by October 10, 2012.

Here is the link for more info:  http://myfamilytravels.com/Teen_travel_writing

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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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Creative Kids Magazine is looking from submissions from young authors and illustrators, age 8-16.

Here’s a link to their Writers’ and Artists’ Guidelines:  http://www.prufrock.com/client/client_pages/prufrock_jm_ck_wg.cfm

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Deadline: December 17, 2010 Rider University’s High School Writing Contest

Free contest offers prizes up to $100 in each genre for poetry, fiction and essays by high school students. Prose entries should be 5 double-spaced pages maximum, poems 50 lines maximum. One entry per person per genre. Sponsor is a liberal arts college in New Jersey.

Rider University
English Department
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3001
United States

Contact:   Roberta Clipper Sethi

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The Blue Pencil Online is edited and produced by the students at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachusetts.  The magazine seeks to publish the best of literary work in English by young writers aged 12-18 from around the world.

This information has been added on the www.YAAGroup.org to the Markets area, which shows many more markets for writers and artists.

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There are lots of opportunities for young writers and artists who want to be published.

The markets page in the www.YAAGroup.org members page has been updated with several new markets.

Here’s information on one:



Full color quarterly magazine of writing and art created by children in the elementary grades.  Magic Dragon is published by the Association for Encouragement of Children’s Creativity.

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We’ve added an interview with Patricia Roesch, editor of Magic Dragon children’s magazine to the members’ section of www.YAAGroup.org.

Magic Dragon, a quarterly publication, presents writing and art created by children in the elementary school grades in a magazine of quality four-color printing and graphic display.

For more information:   http://www.magicdragonmagazine.com/

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