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The Blue Pencil Online, the magazine edited and produced by students in the Writing and Publishing Program at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, offers the Elizabeth Bishop Prize, a unique prize of a $15,000 scholarship to the school for the best piece of writing in fiction, verse, or playwriting submitted to the magazine.  For those in grades 8-11.  (Student must apply and be accepted to the school to receive the scholarship.)

Deadline: Submissions made to the magazine between October 1, 2010 and February 1, 2011, will be considered.

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NaNoWriMo (that’s National Novel Writing Month) starts November 1.  If you want to try your hand at a novel, (or at least start a novel, here’s a great chance.  For those over 13 who sign up for the adult program, your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write 50,000 words in the month of November.  (That is A LOT of words!)

Anyone under 13, or between 13 and 17 but doesn’t want to commit to writing 50,000 words,  can participate in the Young Writers Program and set your own goal.

No editing allowed, just write, write, write.  It’s lots of fun, and I can promise you’ll up your word output.

Here’s the link for anyone under 13, or anyone 13 to 17 who wants to set their own goal.  http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

Here’s the link for NaNoWriMo for those over 13 who want to commit to write (or attempt to write) 50,000 words.  http://www.nanowrimo.org/


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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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Look at your writing.   A sentence should contain no unneccessary words and a paragraph no unneccessary sentences.  This does not mean your sentences should be short or that you avoid all detail.  What it does mean is you need to make sure each word adds to your story.

He did not remember, could be simply said – He forgot.

He did not pay attention to, could be said as  – He ignored.

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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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Junior contest prize $250 and a trophy. Junior contest writers must be age 12-18 years old.  http://www.clarklibraryfriends.com/dickensjrform.pdf

$5 Entery Fee

They want ghost stories. Any genre, any tone, any subject, whatever type of ghost story you can come up with. The contest is open to published and unpublished writers alike.   The ghost story must be 5,000 words or less. Entry must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2010, but they will start accepting entries beginning July 1, 2010.

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Perspective is a technique artists use to depict distance and three-dimensional depth on the two-dimensional surface of their paintings.

If you look down a straight road, you will notice the road gets narrower and smaller until it finally disappears.  This point at the end of the road is called the vanishing point.  It has been used in art, since the 1400’s in Florence, Italy, when artists realized this added realism to their paintings.

Members of the YAAGroup will find instruction on drawing perspective and projects to work on to improve your artisitc skills.  http://www.yaagroup.org/join.htm

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Judge: M.T. Anderson
Prize: Publication in Hunger Mountain online
$250 to first place winner in each genre, $100 to runners-up

Hunger Mountain is looking for talented high school students to enter poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in the Hunger Mountain Prize for Young Writers. They accept any form of poetry. Fiction can be experimental or traditional.  Creative nonfiction can be personal essay or mini memoir.

The Judge for the competition is National Book Award Winner and New York Times Bestselling author M.T. Anderson, author of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Burger Wuss; and Feed.

Submissions should be under 8,000 words, double spaced, in Times New Roman font and not stapled. Poets are welcome to enter up to three poems per entry. Manuscripts must be accompanied by an index card with the writer’s name, address, email address, telephone number, as well as the title and genre of the work. The writer’s name should not be on the manuscript itself. Please enclose a $10 entry fee. Postmark submissions by April 30, 2010.

Expect winners to be notified in June.

Please send work to the following address:
Hunger Mountain Prize for Young Writers
Hunger Mountain
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College St.
Montpelier, VT 05602

For complete guidelines and to learn about past prize winners please visit www.hungermtn.org

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Wesleyan College in Connecticut offers a five week summer camp called the Center for Creative Youth.  Offering programs for both creative writing and the visual arts, the camp is available for high school students.

Center for Creative Youth

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Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA offers a seven week summer arts program.  Available for rising juniors and seniors, it runs from June 26-August 6, 2010.  Advanced Placement credit is an option.

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program

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