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TEEN WRITING CLASSES – NY AND ONLINE http://www.writingclasses.com/CourseDescriptionPages/Teen.php/ClassTypeCode/T

Gotham teen classes are designed to foster creativity and self- expression in a supportive atmosphere. There are no grades, no exams, no wrong answers–just creative writing. Each class is taught by a faculty member adept at helping young writers discover and develop their unique voices. These classes are fun and pressure-free, but students will develop thinking and writing skills that will prove valuable in school and beyond.

Better writers produce stronger college applications, and an extracurricular writing class is an impressive addition to any profile. Teen classes are open to ages 13-17. They are offered in New York City and online.

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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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THE JOHN MARSDEN PRIZE
http://express-media.tumblr.com/johnmarsdenprize

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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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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WHITE COUNTY CREATIVE WRITERS CONTESTS FOR KIDS
http://www.whitecountycreativewriters.org/id78.html

DEADLINES: JULY 25TH

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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2011 Sylvia K Burack Writing Award

The Sylvia K. Burack Writing Award is a writing contest for high school students in grades 11 and 12 in the U.S. and Canada. The award is made in memory of Sylvia K. Burack, longtime editor and publisher of The Writer. Burack was known for her dedication to helping writers and editors.

The winning writer will receive:

 

• $500
• Publication in The Writer magazine and on WriterMag.com
• A one-year subscription to The Writer
• A copy of the Gotham Writers’ Workshop anthology Fiction GallerySubmission: To enter, submit a previously unpublished 600- to 800-word personal essay in English on the following topic: “Select a work of fiction, poem or play that has influenced you. Discuss the work and explain how it affected you.” No song lyrics. For essay writing tips, visit WriterMag.com.

Eligibility:

You must be a student in grade 11 or 12 attending a U.S. or Canadian high school at the time you submit the essay. The winner will be asked to provide proof of enrollment in grade 11 or 12 in a U.S. or Canadian high school. Employees of The Writer, Kalmbach Publishing Co. and Gotham Writers’ Workshop and their families are not eligible to participate.

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Every Month David L Harrison puts out a Word of The Month and young adults and adults submit their poems.  At the end of month the winners are announced.  Due to the holidays, we are just posting the winners from Mr. Harrison’s November Contest.  Tomorrow we will post the second place winner, so please stop back.  The word for the month was Thankful. 

THANKFUL

Everyday I wake
I give thanks
To see the sun rise
I give thanks
For a family that is wise
I give thanks
Life, health, and strength
Nothing but thanks
To the one up above

By La’ Joi Word
Crescent City Jr Sr High School
10th Grade
Crescent City, FL
Teacher: Lisa Martino

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