California Young Writers Contest Guidelines 2013

California Writers Club
Mt. Diablo Branch, Contra Costa County

Honoring a New Generation of California Writers
See for contest information



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!
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 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.

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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.

7 Responses to “California Young Writers Contest Guidelines 2013”

  1. marjorie Says:

    Uuh…. how many entries can you do? Like, the exact number? How do you submit them? Why does the short story have to be soooo epicly short? LOL!!

    • lizbooks Says:

      You may submit as many entries for The California Young Writers Contest as you like! You can put them all in one envelope as long as you have enough stamps on it or you can mail them individually as you create them. Yes, short stories must be that short. It is even more difficult to write succinctly, isn’t it? Each word must be VERY important to your plot and character. If you need help rewriting, you can ask for advice from a teacher. That is okay, too. Although I can’t read it for you ahead of time since I’m a judge, I can answer specific questions here. Another author and I are teaching a FREE writing workshop at the Walnut Creek library on March 2 where you can ask questions and/or bring a story for help after class. Thank you for your interest and for writing in! Liz

    • lizbooks Says:

      There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Just make sure it is your best writing. The short story has to be short because it is more difficult to write succinctly. There should be no wasted words. It is much easier to write everything and not edit. This is what all writers must do. Revise, revise, revise! Edit, edit, edit. At first, it is very difficult and not fun. Later, we actually become addicted to it!

  2. marjorie Says:

    Hi! I’m just wondering, because I might have read this somewhere, but isn’t there also a best of the best award?

  3. marjorie Says:

    Have the honorable mentions been announced yet?

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