Humor Contest 2011

Posted July 28, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

From the website of Amazing Kids:

Attention all Amazing Kids!

Do you love to make people laugh?  Do you have some hilarious and creative stories that you’d like to share?  Are you excited about trying out a new type of writing? If this sounds like you, show us what you can do by submitting your humorous short story to our humor contest!  We want to see your hilarious and creative stories that integrate jokes and funny moments!  Put a smile on everyone’s face and get a chance to win some fabulous prizes.


Who: Kids and teens, ages 6-17

What: Amazing Kids! Humor Contest – Kids ages 6-17 can submit an original humorous short story of 1500 words or less.  One entry maximum per person so pick your best piece!

When: July 1, 2011 until August 30, 2011, 11:59pm PST.

Where: Email (preferred method) to [email protected] with Humor Contest and your last name and age in the subject line.  Attach a word or pdf document with your submission with your name, age and title of your submission at the top of the document. Videos retelling your story (not as a separate entry) may be included as a link to the video online to a site such as schooltube to your entry.  The videos must be the child’s original creation. Schooltube instructions and features for posting can be seen here:  Videos are not necessary but may be considered as a creative addition to your entry.

Spilling Ink Contest

Posted June 27, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

From the website of Spilling Ink:


Short Story Challenge: We dare you to… write a short story about anything you like.

Word limit: 1,000 words or less

For ages 8 -12


First Prize: A $25 Bookstore Gift Certificate & a signed copy of Spilling Ink.

Second Prize: A signed copy of Spilling Ink

Third prize: A signed copy of Spilling Ink

In addition, all three winning stories will be posted on the Spilling Ink Creativity Blog.

Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2011

U.S. and Canadian residents only


Type or cut-and-paste your story into the Spilling Ink Contact Form. Remember to include your name, age, and correct email address.

A Poem a Day Celebrates its 500th Post!

Posted November 25, 2008 & filed under Notebook.


In celebration of our 500th post, we are giving away a $30 gift certificate to!

Winning is easy. Leave a comment on this post mentioning the name of a poem, essay, or story posted on this blog any time in the past 18 months.  In case you’re new here, you can use the find-a-poem page or the lists of top posts.

The winner will be chosen randomly from the comments that qualify.  Comments must be left today (Nov. 25, 2008) before midnight central time. Please include a valid e-mail address when registering your comment. The following folks are not eligible:  WITS bloggers, office staff, and board members.

[photo by ADoseofShipboy’s via flickr]

Writer in the Limelight: Kathryn Paterson Peterson

Posted January 18, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

772_doingtime_140.jpgFormer WITS writer Kathryn Paterson Peterson finished her Ph.D. and now teaches literature and playwriting to prisoners. The prison is the Ramsey I unit in Rosharon, Texas, where she is teaching writing and literature courses through UH-Clear Lake. Kathryn reports:

My guys did very well in the 2007 PEN/Prison writing competition. We placed in every category and practically swept the playwriting. If you want the full results, go to this link and check out all the Rosharon, TX winners!!!! I am a proud “mama.”

Congrats to the students and the teacher. An award from PEN is truly an honor!

2 Ops for High School Writers

Posted January 17, 2008 & filed under Notebook.


Here’s some information about two writing contests for high school students. Both offer prizes and are sponsored by universities.

1) The University at Buffalo invites current high school students to showcase their writing talents in a free poetry contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. Read all the rules on the Humanities Institute website. The entries must be postmarked on or before. Monday, February 4, 2008.

2) The University of Indiana – Purdue University Indianapolis has a similar poetry contest with the same deadline. Read all the rules and requirements here.

(photo by Zeinunes via flickr)

Poetry Contest For High School Girls

Posted August 31, 2007 & filed under Notebook.

What is the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest?
Since 1962, this contest has been sponsored by Hollins University and awards prizes for the best poems submitted by girls who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school.

What are the prizes?
First place (one winner)

$200 cash prize
Free tuition for the two-week creative writing class in the university’s Hollins summer program
Publication in Cargoes, the Hollins’ student literary magazine
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Second place (six winners)

$25 cash prize
Publication in Cargoes
Two copies of Cargoes
What are the requirements?

All entries must be typewritten and be submitted by a member of the faculty or administration of the student’s school. No more than two poems by any one student may be submitted, and manuscripts cannot be returned. Each entry must be on a separate sheet and each sheet must include the following information in the upper right corner:
–Author’s name and gender
–Author’s mailing address
–Author’s phone no. and/or e-mail address
–Year of author’s high school graduation
–Faculty sponsor’s name and e-mail address
–Author’s school
–Address and phone no. of author’s school
If the poem is more than one page in length, label each page with author’s name, title of poem, and page number.

What is the deadline for entries?
November 15, 2007

Who chooses the winning poems?
Winners are chosen by students and faculty members in the creative writing program at Hollins.

When are winners notified?
By mid April, 2008

Where should entries be mailed?
Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9677
Roanoke, VA 24020-1677