California Young Writers Contest 2013 – 6, 7 & 8 Grades in Contra Costa County

 Attention middle school students who live in or attend school in Contra Costa County!  Mail your short stories, poems and/or personal narratives postmarked by April 1 to be eligible for $$$ prizes! 

We need YOUR entry NOW!  Apologies for the wonky way the guidelines appear on this post.  They also are on the right side of this blog in a neater version.

   

California Writers Club

Mt. Diablo Branch, Contra Costa County

 

YOUNG WRITERS CONTEST

Honoring a New Generation of California Writers

      See cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/young-writers-contest for contest information

 

PLEASE PRINT

Name______________________________________________________________

Home Address_____________________________________________________________

               Number  &  Street                                                           City                                                      Zip

Home Phone_____________________________ E-mail Address

__________________________________________________ 

School____________________________________________________________

Grade_______________________

First and Last Name of your English (Creative Writing) Teacher___________________________________________________________

Manuscript Title___________________________________________________________

MANUSCRIPT CATEGORIES (please check one):

_____ Short Story (up to 5 pages typed, double-spaced)

_____ Poem (up to 30 lines, can be single or double-spaced)

Suggested Poetry Prompt ideas (not necessary to use these specific words)

1. It shouldn’t have happened this way                                    2. Who knew what I was thinking?

3. If I had been there, it all would have been different             4. More ideas on website noted above

_____ Personal Narrative (capturing an event in your life; up to 3 pages, typed, double-spaced)

Mail submissions to:  Young Writers Contest, California Writers Club, PO Box 606, Alamo, CA  94507

DON’T MISS OUT:  Only entries that follow the guidelines EXACTLY will be considered!

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CONTEST GUIDELINES:

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, one-inch margins around perimeter. No staples. Paper clips only.

3. Put your name in the upper left-hand corner of each page. Number each page.  Put manuscript title on the first 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; manuscript title; and category.

5. Deadline:  Manuscripts must be postmarked by April 1, 2013. Winners will be announced when judging is complete.

6. INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS BY STUDENTS PREFERRED. TEACHERS: PLEASE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO SUBMIT THEIR STORIES AND POEMS THEMSELVES.

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 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 grade. Second and third place prizes may be awarded in this category at the judges’ discretion. Prizes will be presented to winners on May 11, 2013, at a lunch banquet. A published author will speak. Parents are welcome.

TEACHERS: We are striving to encourage individual creativity and expression. Do not send entire class assignments. Teachers of winning students will be invited to attend the May 11th banquet.

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