Posts Tagged ‘poem’

CALLING ALL TEACHERS – Writing Contest for K – 12 Students!

February 9, 2011

Who Can Participate:       Students in Kindergarten – Grade 12

Here’s How It Works:

Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5″ x 11″ white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Each entry should be submitted with the entry form and a parent or legal guardian must sign the entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules.

Participating schools will collect the essays and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 18, 2011. Winners are selected, and the local store and community celebrations begin! If your school is not participating in the contest and you would like your teacher to be considered for the local and regional award as well as the national Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year Award, please submit your signed entry form in person or by mail to your local store. Forms must be postmarked by March 18, 2011 and can be sent to any Barnes & Noble store near you

 (a complete list of stores is available at

A store representative will ensure it is entered into the pool of entries for the awards.

What Students Get:   The students who write the winning essays or poems will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teachers.

What Teachers Get:  The winning teacher will be recognized at an event at their local Barnes & Noble store where they will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement, a set of ten (10) Sterling Children’s Classics books for their library, and additional recognition and praise from their community.

The six regional winners will each receive a NOOK™ eBook Reader and a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the “Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year” award will receive $5,000 and be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000 as well, and an author visit by Laurie Halse Anderson, a New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. The winner will also receive five copies of the winning essay published in hardcover by, the site where students create and publish their own books, and a $250 Tikatok Gift Card that will allow the teacher to publish select stories written by students in their class.

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California Young Writers Contest Entries

February 17, 2010

One question that has appeared in my e-mail box recently is one concerning titles.  No, a title isn’t required for your entry for the California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Young Writers Contest, but it’s great if you have one.       

Why is it good to have a title?  

A good title is intriguing for the reader.  It tempts the reader to read on. 

In our case for this contest, it’s helpful as we judge the entries, for identifying the poem “that begins with the line  . . .” is more difficult than if we are able to distinguish a short story, personal narrative or poem by its specific title. 

However, we have had winners not title their pieces. On their awards, we list it simply as Untitled

How should you find a good title?

You’ll know it when you have found it.  You’ll feel when it’s the right title.  Brainstorm a bunch of them.  It might be in your actual poem, story or essay.  What is the theme of your piece?  What does the main character want?  What does she or he fear?  Perhaps answering these questions might lead you to your title.