Middle School Contra Costa County Writing Contest – Due April 1

California Writers Club
Mt. Diablo Branch, Contra Costa County
A search for Young Voices who want to be heard in print.
Home Address__________________________________________________________________________
Street City Zip
Home Phone_______________________________E-mail Address _______________________________
First and Last Name of your English
Manuscript category – please check one:
Short Story (up to 5 pages typed, double-spaced) Poem (up to 30 lines, need not be double-spaced)
Personal Narrative/Essay (up to 3 pages, typed, double-spaced)
Mail submissions to: Young Writers Contest, California Writers Club, PO Box 606 Alamo, CA 94507
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1. Contest open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who live in or attend school in Contra Costa County.
2. Submit 2 copies of your manuscript. Do not include artwork or a cover. Your manuscript must be typed
or computer generated at 12 point, double-spaced. No staples. Paper clips only.
3. Put your name in the upper left-hand corner of each page. Number each page.
4. Multiple entries are welcome. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate application form (above)
or 3×5 card noting Name, Home Address, Home Phone, School, Grade, E-mail Address, Teacher, Title,
Category. 5. Deadline for submission is 4/01/09. Winners will be announced when judging is complete.
PRIZES: Winning short stories and poems from each grade level will receive $100 for first prize, $50 for
second prize and $25 for third prize. The Betty Tenney Essay Award of $100 will be given to the best
personal narrative/essay in each of grade. Second and third place prizes may be awarded in this category at
the judges’ discretion. Prizes will be presented to winners on May 9, 2009, at a lunch banquet. A published
author will speak. Parents are welcome.
TEACHERS: We are striving to encourage individual creativity and expression. Do not to send entire class
assignments. Teachers of winning students will be invited to attend the May 9 banquet.


4 Responses to “Middle School Contra Costa County Writing Contest – Due April 1”

  1. Jennifer G Says:

    Does “due” by April 1 mean “received by” or “Submitted by/postmarked”? I had intended to FedEx the submission yesterday, March 31, for my daughter, but had unexpected urgent matters at work that prevented my doing so. Is there a way to get the story to you today?

    • lizbooks Says:

      Technically it DOES mean postmarked by April 1. However, we do allow a little lee-way for post office mix-ups. A couple of days after the due date, we check the box and allow THOSE through. However, I personally replied to your email too. Liz

  2. Shane C. Says:

    When exactly will the winners be announced?

    • lizbooks Says:

      Soon! I am waiting (hopefully only a couple of more days) for the last few categories. Then I will post them here. We have 1,2, and 3 winners in all categories and quite a few honorable mentions! So even if you have submitted something and don’t place this time, don’t give it a worry. Everything was really fabulous. Enter again if your grade permits. Also enter OTHER contests. And workshop your work too.

      I wish I had started young. I didn’t start writing like this until I was nearly thirty. So if you’ve begun young, pat yourself on the back. Great going!

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