Writing Contests for CHILDREN/TEENS/COLLEGE UNDERGRADS


  • Totem Head's 2012 Story Writing Contest


  • The contest is open to US residents under 19 years old.
    Note to parents: If your child cannot write, you may type their words for them.

    Categories:
    1. Ages 9 and under
    2. Ages 10-12
    3. Ages 13-15
    4. Ages 16-18
    5. All ages Mystery and Gothic Fiction

    Send your entry before 31 Dec 2012.

    One winner from each category will receive the following prizes:
    1. Publication on AdventureWrite.com/kids
    2. $50 cash
    3. Certificate of Achievement

    Judging: Adventure Write will choose one winner from each category based on:
    1. Suitability for the Adventure Write Kid's website
    2. Entertainment and Creativity
    3. Spelling, grammar and punctuation

    How to Enter:
    1. Finish Totem Head's Tutorial.
    2. Write a story in 1500 words or less. ?Make your story appropriate for kids. ?The first sentence should start with "So there I was".
    3. Fill out a Contest Entry Form
    4. Scan and email your Contest Entry Form
    5. Type your story directly into the body of your email, or attach it to your email as a Microsoft Word or a .txt file.
    6. Email your submission to: ? admin@adventurewrite.com
    7. If you prefer, you may send your submission(s) through the mail to:
    Adventure Write - Story Contest
    P.O. Box 872241
    Wasilla AK 99687

    Mystery and Gothic Fiction Guidelines:
    1. Write a story in 1500 words or less. ?Make your story appropriate for kids. ?The first sentence should start with "So there I was".
    2. Stories must be tasteful and contain more mystery or suspense than gore. ?Think Twilight Zone, Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock.
    3. Think of it as a mysterious adventure story, without the happy ending--an ending with a lesson instead of warm fuzzies.
    4. A story will compete in either the age categories OR the gothic fiction category. Not both. Contest judges will determine in which category an entry competes.
    5. If the conest judges determine that none of the entries in the gothic fiction category are suitable for The kid's website, we will award no prize for the new category in 2012, and we will offer it once again in 2013.

    Please note: All submissions become the property of Adventure Write, and they cannot be return.

    Adventure Write will notify winners via email and snail mail in Feb 2013. We'll post the winning stories on AdventureWrite.com/kids no later than 28 Feb 2013.


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    Open to all ages, this short story contest is designed to promote intergenerational understanding. Maximum length: 750 words. Cash prizes total $700. No entry fees.

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  • The Grannie Annie Writing Contests for ONE-OF-A-KIND kids

    For Students in U.S. Grades 4-5 and 6-8, and Homeschool or International Students Ages 9-14. You are invited to follow The Grannie Annie Official Guidelines and enter a 275 to 500 word, one-of-a-kind story from a past generation of your family. Your story can be humorous, tragic, or inspirational. It can be a story of courage, adventure, or anything you find interesting about your family’s past.

  • Amazing Kids SHORT STORY Writing Contest

    An annual writing contest for children

  • Next Step Magazine Essay Writing Contest for Teens

    Submit your first-person essay and the Next Step Magazine to win $100 and get published.

  • Welcome to my Town $500 Short Story Contest

    Write a short story on why you love your home town. Free entry. Entries should be approximately 600 words with between 200 to 2000 words being acceptable.

  • Arts Awards

    Cash/Opportunities for Writers Poets Graduating High School. Awards for young artists.


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