What Kids Can Do (WKCD) announces a new writing contest, “Where I am From” open to kids across the country. Read their contest guidelines below and submit your entry before October 31, 2010.

Who can enter
Young people in grades 6 to 12, anywhere in the United States.

Your entry may take the form of either a poem or an essay (no longer than 400 words).

Before you write, we suggest that you read the poem “Where I’m From,” by George Ella Lyon (see below). What about this poem gives you the strongest feelings? Is there anything you can relate to in it? How do you think the author feels about where she is from?

Next, write your own “Where I’m From” poem. Rather than copying the order and form of Lyon’s poem, follow your own intuition in writing about the smells, sights, sounds, voices, people, and place you are from. Or, if poetry is not your thing, bring your life to light in an essay.

Finally, read your poem or essay aloud, to yourself or to others. What do you like best about it? What do you want to change about it? Revise your writing until it sounds true to your very own heart and voice.

To submit your entry
Email your work (as an attachment) to: [email protected]. Please include your name, age, the school you attend, and the city/town and state where you live.

October 31, 2010 (yes, Halloween)

Prize Winners

We’ll announce the winning entries on our website on November 15, 2010. Winners will receive $100 Amazon gift certificates and be published on the WKCD website – it’s a great place to take a bow!

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