At Writers in the Schools (WITS), we encourage students to use art as inspiration for their writing.  Here is a wonderful contest where young people, ages 9-14, choose their favorite Vincent van Gogh painting and write a creative story based on it.  Carol Sabbeth, author of several lovely art history books for children, is sponsoring this special contest for young writers.

Here is some information from the website:

A personally dedicated copy of Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids for each winner in addition to a copy for his or her school library. Winning stories will be published on

Your entry should be in the form of a short story and contain 1000 words or less. Be as descriptive and imaginative as you can.

The contest is open to children ages 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. Each age group will have a winner. All contest entries must be your own, original work.

All contest entries must be submitted by midnight EST on Saturday, October 1st, 2011.

How winners will be picked
Carol Sabbeth, along with select judges, will choose one entry in each age group that they feel best meets the topic of the contest. Winning entries will be clever, well-written, and insightful.

To see the complete guidelines, click here.

by Marcia Chamberlain, Writers in the Schools

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