Youth Writing Contest

2016 Youth Writing Contest

Our annual youth writing contest is for students in grades 3 through 12.  The categories are short story, memoir, and poetry.  Deadline for entries is May 7, 2016.  As our organization officially meets six times a year, the awards ceremony will be held at our July 16, 2016, meeting.

The contest entry form can be downloaded from this page.  The form is located at the bottom left of this page and is entitled "/youth_writing_contest/Registration_Form_2016.pdf".

Enjoy the wonderful experience of writing!

Fundraiser

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization run by volunteers.  To help offset the growing costs of trophies and postage (to mail trophies to students who cannot come to the awards ceremony), we are holding a raffle.  The prize is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 Tablet.  More information can be found on the last page of the Registration Form.


2016 YOUTH CONTEST RULES

Please note:  Participants of this contest must reside in the United States of America.

The following rules apply to all entries.

1.        DEADLINE for entries is MAY 7, 2016.  Entries must be submitted via the United States Postal Service and postmarked no later than MAY 7, 2016.  Mail entries to Janet Taylor, Texas High Plains Writers Youth Writing Contest, P. O. Box 19303, Amarillo, Texas 79114-1303.

2.        SUBMIT one (1) copy of the entry (must be an original, unpublished work by the student).

3.        PUT your name on the Contest Entry Form, NOT on the entry itself.  The author’s name on any part of the entry means immediate disqualification.

4.        A SEPARATE Contest Entry Form is required for each entry submission.  Multiple submissions may be mailed in one envelope to save on postage.

5.        INCLUDE a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (“SASE”) (an envelope addressed to the student) with the mailed entry(ies).  The SASE should be the same size and postage amount as the envelope the entry(ies) was mailed in.  The SASE will be used to return the judged entry(ies) and the judge’s comments to the student.  Entries submitted without an SASE will not be returned to the student.  NO METERED MAIL.  Teachers may mail multiple students’ entries in one envelope, but a SASE for each student must be included.

6.        ENTRIES should be printed on one side of 8½" x 11" white paper using black Times New Roman 12 point font.  No colored ink, please.

7.        TYPE the title on the first page of your poem, short story, or memoir.  On the second page and on each following page, type the title and page number in the upper right corner.

Example:  Title/Page #

8.        SHORT STORY and MEMOIR entries must be double-spaced with 1" margins on all four sides.  The title should be on the first page and centered.  DO NOT include a separate title page.  A title page would count as a page of your entry.

9.        POEMS may be either centered on the page or flush with the left margin.  If the poem is centered, the title should be centered.  If the poem is flush with the left margin, the title should be flush with the left margin.  Lines are single-spaced.  Double space between stanzas.

10.     If, and ONLY if, a 3rd or 4th grade student has absolutely no access to a computer, that student may submit a handwritten entry.  (One of the purposes of this contest is to encourage students to write, thus this exception to the rules.)  The handwriting must be legible.  Whether or not an entry is legible will be at the judge’s discretion.  If the entry is illegible, it will not be judged.


Remember . . .

You fail only if you stop writing.

 Ray Bradbury, American fantasy and horror author (1922-2012)


Janet Taylor, Youth Writing Contest Organizer

PPWYouthWritingContest@gmail.com



short story
  • an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot
  • a piece of prose fiction, usually under 10,000 words
  • a short work of fiction usually dealing with a few characters and a single event
poetry
  • the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts
  • metrical writing
  • writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm
  • writing usually with a rhythm that repeats
memoir
  • a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation
  • an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography
  • a written account in which someone describes past experiences that are usually based on personal knowledge of the subject
  • a story of a personal experience
These definitions are NOT requirements of the contest.  They were placed on this page for the pure fun of learning.  
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Janet Cooper Steinhoff Taylor,
Nov 28, 2015, 6:28 PM
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