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KIKI http://www.kikimag.com/submit/submit.php#.T1z-j_WaSK4 

Do you have the writer’s bug? Or are you a shutterbug with some great photos to share with other Kiki readers? Or an artist or designer waiting to be published and discovered? At Kiki, we love to see what our readers are doing, and we’re sure that Kiki readers want to see what you’ve been working on, too. Whatever your creative talent, submit your work to Kiki. Send us your illustrations, artwork, photos, or articles, and one of your creative masterpieces might end up being featured in the magazine!

If you’re over 14 years old, go ahead and upload your submission. If you’re under 14, you can send us whatever you have to Kiki Reader Submissions at 118 W Pike St, Covington, KY 41011. It all goes to the same place! But remember, if you’re under 14, an adult can always upload your information for you. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Email your submission to submissions@kikimag.com

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UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO’S NEW COSMIC FRONTIERS INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE ESSAY COMPETITION
http://www.newfrontiersinastronomy.org/

The New Cosmic Frontiers International Science Essay Competition On the Nature of our Universe and its Habitats is open to high school and college students. Its purpose is to inspire students to consider careers in science and to nurture their enthusiasm for the subject, and to engage young minds in creative, intellectual activities essential in scientific endeavors.

Winners will be awarded significant monetary prizes to support their education and given an extraordinary opportunity to meet today’s world-renowned scientists and scholars at a conference and award ceremony, held in Philadelphia, on October 12-13, 2012.

Deadline June 15, 2012.

CATEGORY 1: ESSAY THEME FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Are we alone in the Universe? Or, are there other life and intelligence beyond the solar system?

First Prize – $25,000 cash prize.
Second Prizes – Two essays will be chosen for $10,000.
Third Prizes – Five essays will be chosen for $5,000.

CATEGORY 2: ESSAY THEME FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

What is the origin of complexity in the universe?

First Prize – $50,000 cash prize.
Second Prizes – Two essays will be chosen for $25,000.
Third Prizes – Five essays will be chosen for $10,000.

In addition, up to 10 honorable mentions of $3,000 each will be awarded in either category.

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Writing for Peace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating empathy through creative writing, and developing a foundation of compassion on which to build a more peaceful world. Through their annual creative writing contest, they invite writers to research a new culture, write a poem or short story in the voice of a character from that culture, and to reflect upon the lessons learned in the form of a short essay. While they encourage writers of all ages to accept this writing challenge and share their results with them, their writing contest is only open to students in grades 9 through 12.

There is no fee and all contest contributors will receive a certificate of participation. Submit an original unpublished short story of 800-1,000 words, or one to three poems totaling no more than 100 lines in the voice of a character from another country or culture.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in both short fiction and poetry categories.

First place winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and a $100 donation will be made to their charity of choice.

Second and third place winners will receive a $50 Amazon gift cad and a $50 donation will be made to their charity of choice.

Winners and honorable mentions will be published online. Deadline postmark March 1, 2012.

http://writingforpeace.org/

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NaNoWriMo YOUNG WRITERS PROGRAM
http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/whatis

National Novel Writing Month happens every November!

It is a fun, seat-of-your-pants novel writing event where the  challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. That  means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult  program is 50,000 words, but our Young Writers Program allows
participants who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals. You will be able to enter your chosen word-count goal in your profile starting October 1. You should sign up on the Young Writers Program site if you are:

=17 years old or younger participating on your own.
=In a K-12 teacher-led class that is participating in NaNoWriMo.
=An educator facilitating NaNoWriMo in your classroom.

If you are 13 or older, you can sign up on the main site at www.nanowrimo.org . Just know that you will have to write 50,000 words since the adult site doesn’t allow you to set your own word-count goal. You can sign up whenever you’d like to add your name to the roster of budding young authors and participate in the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach your  word-count goal by November 30 at midnight.

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FOYLE YOUNG POETS OF THE YEAR AWARD
http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/fyp/rules/
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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Taken from Jerry & Eileen Spinelli’s new book, TODAY I WILL: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself.

Jerry Spinelli – www.jerryspinelli.com

Eileen Spinelli – www.eileenspinelli.com

Jerry and Eileen will be answering questions right here at the Young Authors and Artists Group, so please send in  your questions for Jerry and Eileen.  Join the YAAGroup at www.yaagroup.org/join.htm

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Attractive Woman with Her BooksIn 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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