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5 Upcoming Writing Competitions

Having an audience for kids is a motivator. Winning a prize for your writing is huge motivator. Here are five writing contests just around the corner:

  1. Young Writers and Illustrators Contest
    A creation of PBS Kids and Reading Rainbow, this is a contest for all kids in K-3rd grade who want to write & illustrate a story and submit it for judging for a chance to win local and national prizes. Everyone who enters gets a Certificate of Achievement.
    Deadline: PBS Stations will hold local PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contests during February and March. In late January go to pbskids.org/writerscontest to find your local PBS station and Contest deadline as well as to print the Entry Form and Rules.
  2. The Betty Award
    A writing contest for kids ages 8-12 where kids can win up to $300.
    Deadline: All entries must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2010. Winners will be notified by July 15, 2010.
  3. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
    International writing competition for writers age 13 and above. Amazon and Penguin are seeking the next popular novel. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.
    Deadline: Entries must be submitted between January 25, 2010 at 12:01 a.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and February 7, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).
  4. Writer’s Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition
    GRAND PRIZE: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents. Writer’s Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you’ll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you’re there, a Writer’s Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents!
    Deadline: May 14, 2010.
    Add $5 per manuscript or poem to Entry Fee(s) on all entries submitted after May 14.
  5. Kids Can Do It Essay Contest
    Ongoing essay competition where kids can win $50, an autographed book from Sandra McLeod Humphrey, and an award certificate to hang in the classroom.
    Deadline: Ongoing. Next contest begins January 1, 2010.

This list just scratches the surface of the writing contests out there. A word of caution though: there are several scam contests looking to take advantage of young writers. Here are some articles you should read before entering any writing competition:

Do you have other contests to recommend? If so, please share.

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3 responses to “5 Upcoming Writing Competitions

  1. Wally Cherrez January 7, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I am really enjoying reading your well written articles. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work!

  2. Vicky Loras December 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Keith!
    Congratulations on your amazing blog!
    My name is Vicky Loras and I am a Greek-Canadian English teacher in Switzerland.
    As an educator I use technology in the classroon occasionally and I also recommend educational websites to my students and their parents. However, I am always very concerned about internet safety, to which you have dedicated a whole unit on your blog. You also have a lot of interesting material on your website which I can use and you recommend a lot of great websites which I can refer my students to.
    I have added you to my blogroll as one of the most insightful and original websites on educational tecnology I have come across lately!
    Keep up the good work and thank you,
    Vicky

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