Today I am excited to have a guest blogger, Anita Nolan! If you have anyone under the age of 18 who likes to write – and is interested in publication – this is the post for you!
Contests for Young Writers
By Anita Nolan
For young people who like to write, contests can be a great way to gain writing credits and get a feel for what it takes to write professionally. Here’s a list of a few contests that might interest your homeschooler.
THE FOUNTAINHEAD ESSAY CONTEST
25th Annual Essay Contest on Ayn Rand’s Novel The Fountainhead
For 11th and 12th Graders
First Prize: $10,000
5 Second Prizes: $2,000
10 Third Prizes: $1,000
45 Finalists: $100
175 Semi-Finalists: $50
Deadline: April 26, 2010
More details at: Ayn Rand Institute
17TH ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST ON AYN RAND’S NOVELETTE, ANTHEM For 8th, 9th and 10th Graders (deadline coming soon!)
First Prize: $2,000
5 Second Prizes: $500
10 Third Prizes: $200
45 Finalists: $50
175 Semi-Finalists: $30
Deadline: March 20, 2010
For details: Ayn Rand Institute
VOICE OF DEMOCRACY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
The theme of the 2010-2011 Voice of Democracy contest is “Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?”
The scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. It annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships, each Department’s first place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Deadline: November 1, 2010.
More details: http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=150
2010 FRIENDS OF ACADIA POETRY COMPETITION (NO AGE LIMIT!)
Established in 1998, the Friends of Acadia Poetry Prize is presented biannually to promote and recognize distinctive nature poetry. The three top-ranked poems will be published in the Friends of Acadia Journal (print and online.)
Submit nature-based poems of 30 lines or fewer. Each author may submit only 3 poems for consideration. Entries must be original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere. Young people may enter. No Age Limit.
There is no fee to enter. Top-ranked poems will be published and awarded cash prizes. Deadline is April 30th, 2010.
Details at Friends of Acadia Poetry contest.
ELLEN’S SHORT STORY CONTEST
Write a short story of 1,000 words or less—the subject is yours to choose. Open to all kids in the U.S., ages 9-13.
DEADLINE: June 15, 2010
Details at: http://ellenpotter.squarespace.com/contests/
KAY SNOW WRITING CONTEST
Rules that pertain to Student Writers (18 or under) – There are three categories of student writers. Students can enter any type of writing, fiction, non-fiction, poetry. Word limit, 1,500 words. Students should not enter adult categories unless paying the adult fee. If a student enters an adult category, do not put student or a grade category on the entry form.
Students are limited to ONE entry. There is no fee for student writers in these three grade groups. Students should not enter adult categories unless paying the adult fee. If a student enters an adult category, they should not put student or a grade category on the entry form.
Deadline: April 23, 2010.
Details at: http://www.willamettewriters.com/1/kaysnow.php
Anita Nolan is a published children’s book author and the Executive Editor of Sprouts, the New Jersey Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators magazine. www.anitanolan.com She also teaches writing courses for children and adult education and is co-owner of the YAAGroup.org, a website for Young Authors and Artists. Lots more information about writing is available at www.YAAGroup.org.