Houston students can sign up for the summer reading program offered by the Houston Public Library. Reading is always a fun adventure, and through this program you can also win prizes.Registration begins on June 1st, 2017. The program continues until August 1st, 2017. Find out more here.
Winners receive a cash prize: $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. In addition, winners are awarded a plaque, have their stories published on the TBF website, and are invited to participate on a panel during the Texas Book Festival weekend. Entries must be 2,000 words or less, 12 point type, double-spaced, and related to the 2017 Fresh Ink Fiction Contest theme: “Funny Running Into You Here.”
The University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, in recognition of the Professional Writing Program’s 65th anniversary in the college, invites submissions for the 2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers. Two $500 awards will be given, one for a short story of up to 1000 words by a high school student and another for a short story of up to 2000 words by an undergraduate student. There is no entry fee.
The University of Oklahoma’s Professional Writing Program offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees focused on creative writing for publication, including fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, romance, and other popular fiction genres, as well as screenwriting and commercial nonfiction. The program focuses on building a writing career by learning the business of publishing while studying creative writing under award-winning, best-selling professors with long and successful publication histories. For more information, click here.
Entrants will retain all rights to their entries. Entries must include a header with the student’s name, school, and email address. They should use a 12-point font and be formatted with one-inch margins and page numbers.
To submit, email the story as a Microsoft Word attachment to Harris.PrizeATouDOTedu.
Students currently enrolled in a U.S. high school, grades 9-12, should use this header:
Harris Prize for High School Students
Students currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. college or university should use this header: Harris Prize for Undergraduate Students
Entries must be received by March 1, 2017 at noon. Winners will be announced in May 2017.
Mary Anna Evans, Assistant Professor
Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of Oklahoma
For further information on Harris Prize, email Harris.Prize@ou.edu
For information on the Professional Writing program, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: December 3, 2016
Location: Morris Frank Library | 10103 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77035
Join the WITS Youth Advisory Council on Saturday, December 3rd, at 2pm at the Morris Frank Library for the Soapbox Nonfiction Slam. This event is free and open to youth ages 13-19. Bring your most interesting holiday story to share (5 minutes max) and wear your best holiday sweater. Prizes for the best stories!
Entries for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are due soon. In years past, these prestigious awards have gone to recipients including Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, Ken Burns, Stephen King, and Sylvia Plath. Check out their website to find the specifics for your city or region.
#NaNoWriMo sounds like nonsense, right? But it’s a real thing — November is National Novel Writing Month — and there’s a version of the project retooled especially for young writers and their teachers. You can think of NaNoWriMo as a boot camp to help writers at any level produce a first draft of a novel in 30 days. Participation is free and so much fun. Check out the Young Writers Project.
Channel your imagination into an original short story or poem for a chance to win some amazing prizes.
Subjects for your short story or poem are limited only by your imagination. Entries will be judged on originality, use of language and technical skill. You can submit to both categories – short story and poetry.
Join us on Thursday, July 7th at Brazos Bookstore from 6-8pm for the Soapbox Non-Fiction slam hosted by the WITS Youth Advisory Council. Students ages 13-19 are invited to bring their best non-fiction story (under 5 minutes) on the theme of growing up. There are a total of 15 spots available on a first come first served basis. Special guest Robin Davidson, Houston Poet Laureate, will be one of the judges!
It’s National Poetry Month, and students in grades 5-12 are invited to enter the Dear Poet Competition this April. Students respond in the form to one of a select group of poetry videos, including the one above by Juan Felipe Herrera, the US Poet Laureate.To enter, email your letter to email@example.com by April 30, 2016. Winners will be published on the poets.org website in May.
Middle and high school students from the surrounding Houston area are invited to participate in the 2016 Watershed Awareness Student Contest! The theme is Our Bayous, Our Pollution. Houston- area bayous and waterways lead to Galveston Bay in turn affecting the Gulf of Mexico and its Flower Garden Banks. Help raise awareness about our local watershed and bring attention to the importance of the health of our local waterways, bayous and our bay! We challenge you to research, explore, interpret and say something meaningful about the connections between human activity and the health of our bayous and ocean through art or shape poetry.
Here are two writing contests for young people with spring deadlines:
Ayn Rand Institute Anthem Essay Contest: Open to 8th, 9th and 10th grade students worlwide. Submit an essay between 600-1200 words around the suggested topics listed on the website. (1) First prize: $2,000; (5) second prizes: $500, (10) Third Prizes: $200, (45) Finalist prizes: $50, and (175) Semi-finalist prizes: $30. Be sure to check out the ARI website for specific submission requirements. Deadline for submissions is March 25, 2016.
Ayn Rand Institute Fountainhead Essay Contest: Open to 11th and 12th grade students worldwide. Submit an essay between 800-1600 words around the suggested topics listed on the website. (1) First prize: $10,000; (5) second prizes: $2,000, (10) Third Prizes: $1,000, (45) Finalist prizes: $1,000, and (175) Semi-finalist prizes: $50. Be sure to check out the ARI website for specific submission requirements. Deadline for submissions is April 29, 2016.
Meta-Four Houston will compete in the Slam Bowl in Austin on June 30, 2015. Join us at the Spiderhouse Ballroom (2606 Fruth Street) at 8 pm for some good ole Texas poetry! Cover charge is $10. For more information, click here.
The deadline for submissions is JULY 20th, and all those who submit will be notified about the status of their submission by JULY 27th!
When you submit, please do the following!
1. Include a cover letter in the body of the email, listing your age, your email address, the name of your school and city, and a brief biography (any personal information of your choosing, up to 100 words).
2. Include your poetry submission as a document attached to your email in a .doc or .docx format.
A single poem from each age group will be given a spotlight on the Gigantic Sequins blog. Even if your poem is not selected for a spotlight, you will be listed on our site and receive the distinction of honorable mention in celebration of your dedication to poetry!
Each age group will be judged individually by the poet Robby Auld an undergraduate student at Salem State University, and by the poet Sophie Klahr, Robby’s mentor and Gigantic Sequins’ creative contributing editor.
The Gigantic Teen Sequins feature will appear on our blog during August 2015 and be publicized on all of the Gigantic Sequins social media sites.
You can find us online on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and our home site! Questions from teachers or students may be directed to Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer is here, and it’s time to read and reap the rewards! Sign up your child for Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and spend the summer with great books! For more information, see the notice below from our friends at Houston Public Library:
Register! Read! Reap the Rewards!
How to earn books & badges this summer:
REGISTER: Early registration begins May 1, 2015 and continues through August 1, 2015 at any Houston Public Library location during operating hours or remotely from a computer.
READ or listen to books, enter book titles or reading time online and in your Badge Log booklet (be sure to ask your librarian for one). Go to your local Houston Public Library to pick up your prizes at the various book reading levels.
ATTEND hands on workshops, enjoy performances and take part in activities to earn your STEAM MACHINE sticker badges (collect them in your Badge Log booklet)! Participate in at least 5 library programs* and read a minimum of 5 books, to receive a prize pack: Houston Zoo and Houston Rockets ticket vouchers and a Raising Cane’s gift card!**
A Houston Dash game ticket and a certificate 5 books or 5 hours
A Houston Dynamo game ticket and one free book for reading 10 books or 10 hours
Chipotle meal coupon, additional free book and a coupon for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for reading 20 books or 20 hours
Children’s Museum of Houston admission voucher and entry into a Grand Prize drawing to win a new Xbox One console for reading 30 books or more or 30+ hour
The Houston Public Library announces its 6th Annual Children’s Book Celebration Contest. Winners will get to have lunch with Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Here is more information from their website:
Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2015
Winners will be notified by Friday, May 8, 2015.
The Good, The Mad and the Nerdy: a contest open to children in grades K – 6
Create an art masterpiece inspired by one of the many books written by the award-winning, world-famous author Jon Scieszka! He has sold more than 11 million books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and his latest series, Frank Einstein.
Enter to Win
Fifty winners and one adult guest each will be treated to a catered lunch with Jon Scieszka and receive an autographed copy of Frank Einstein & the Antimatter Motor! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is scheduled to take place prior to the kickoff of the 6th Annual Books Alive! Children’s Book Celebration on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
A personal invitation from Flashbang! Writing Studio, which is seeking poetry by students in grades 7-12 for publication on its website during April, National Poetry Month:
As participants in NaPoWriMo, Flashbang!’s Sarah and Jeff are writing and posting a poem a day for the month of April. But we want more! We want your poems. Send us your love poems, hate poems, pet poems, unicorn poems, football poems, name poems, video poems, macro poems, gif poems, breakfast-lunch-and dinner poems.
Come back to the blog every day in April for a new writing prompt and at least one new poem. Note: The poems you submit do not have to be based on the prompts we publish. If they are, that’s awesome! Let us know! But more important than following our prompts is writing something you love. Send us what you love.
All poems accepted for publication on the blog will also be considered for publication in the inaugural issue of KaPow!, Flashbang!’s creative writing zine, scheduled for May publication. If your poem is published, you’ll receive a free copy of the zine. Additional copies will be available for $5, and all proceeds will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. (Want to raise more money for GPLC? Learn more about and register for our Poem-A-Thon here: http://www.flashbangwritingstudio.com/poem-a-thon/)
To submit: Send an email with your poem attached as a Word document or just pasted into the body of the email to flashbangwritingATgmailDOTcom. Please include your name, age, and school name in your submission. (School names will not be published unless you explicitly ask us to do so.) Let us know where you heard about us, too. Deadline for consideration for KaPow! and the NaPoWriMo celebrations is 4/25. BUT we will still consider poems on a rolling basis after that deadline for publication on the blog.