Summer Writing Contest: Enter Today!

Posted July 11, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

FlyerNeed a summer project? Here is an announcement from Creative Communication, which sponsors writing contests three times a year for K-12 students:

Taylor Swift entered our contest when she was in the 5th grade and her entry was selected as a national Top Ten winner.  If you are a student and have a poem or essay you wrote in class, or want to write a new one, you won’t have the opportunity to be published or win a prize if you don’t enter. The next essay contest deadline is July 16, 2013 and the next poetry contest deadline is August 15, 2013. You can go to for contest rules and to enter online.”

Get Published: Poetry & Essay Contest

Posted January 25, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Students in grades kindergarten through 12 who have a love for writing poems and essays can win a $50 savings bond if they submit their entries to Creative Communication’s Poetry & Essay contest. Young writers have an opportunity to be published in an anthology, and schools with 15 or more students qualify for one of fifty $250 Language Arts grants. Go to Creative Communication’s website for contest guidelines and to enter.

What: Poetry & Essay Contest sponsored by Creative Communication

Who: Poetry divisions: Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Essay divisions: Grades 3-6, 7-9 and 10-12

When: Poetry Spring deadline is April 12, 2011; Summer deadline is August 16, 2011

Essay Spring deadline is February 15, 2011; Summer deadline is July 19, 2011

Poetry Contest for Kids

Posted November 16, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

Young writers, you can submit your best work to a poetry contest. It’s sponsored by Creative Communication, and the next deadline is December 9, 2010.

Yes, there are prizes. For students, the top ten entries in each grade division (K-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10-12 for poetry) will receive a $50 savings bond, special recognition in the anthology, and a free copy of the anthology that is created from the contest. Teachers with 5 or more students submitting will receive a free copy of the anthology that includes their student writers. Teachers also can qualify to apply for one of fifty $250 grants that they award each year.

Deadline: December 9, 2010

Who: Students in the US or Canada grades K-12 are eligible

Cost: Free

Nature Writing Contest for Kids

Posted September 20, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

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2010 River of Words Watershed Art & Poetry Contest

Deadline: December 1, 2010

Each year, in affiliation with The Library of Congress Center for the Book, River of Words conducts a free international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of WATERSHEDS. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express, through poetry and art, what they discover.

The contest is open to any child in the world, from 5-19 years of age. Older students must have not yet completed high school. There is no charge to enter. (See entry form.)

Students may enter on their own, or as part of a group (classroom, Girl Scout troop, 4-H, etc.). All entrants are receive acknowledgment in the form of a “Watershed Explorer” certificate. (See complete rules.)

Poetry submissions are judged by River of Words co-founders Robert Hass, who served as US Poet Laureate from 1995-1997, and writer Pamela Michael. Art entries are judged by children’s book writer and illustrator, Thacher Hurd.

About 100 poems and artworks from both US and international entries are selected as finalists each year. All winners receive ribbons, books and/or art supplies, t-shirts and other prizes.

Eight Grand Prize winners—four in poetry and four in art, in four different age categories—are chosen from the US entries.

Category I — Kindergarten-Grade 2

Category II — Grades 3-6

Category III — Grades 7-9

Category IV — Grades 10-12

We also award an International Prize each year to a student from outside the United States. The International Prize may be awarded for either poetry or art.

In addition, RoW and The Library of Congress Center for the Book honor two students who live in our respective watersheds: River of Words´ Shasta Bioregion Prize and The Library of Congress´ Anacostia Watershed Prize. The winning works may be either poetry or art.

Winners are announced each April at a gala event at the San Francisco Library. The Grand Prize and International winners win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to attend the RoW Award Ceremony at The Library of Congress.

For more information click here.

Student Writing Contest: Poems for Peace

Posted September 1, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

In honor of Conflict Resolution Day, the  Association of Conflict Resolution is sponsoring the following opportunity:

Peace Poem Contest Rules

1. Eligibility. The contest is open to all students in grades 3 – 12.
2. Submission Period. Entries will be accepted between September 1, 2010 and November 1, 2010,11:59 PM Eastern (10:59 PM Central; 9:59 PM Mountain; 8:59 PM Pacific; 5:59 PM Hawaii).
3. To Enter. Write a poem that describes “Peace in My Community”. Please write a title for your poem. Limit your poem to 20 lines. Poems must be in English. Limit: 1 poem per student, 20 per school. Please do not put your name or school on the poem (for fairness in judging).
4. Prizes. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grades 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12. First Place: $100. Second Place: $75. (prizes are in U.S. dollars)
5. Announcement of Winners. Winners will be contacted by December 1, 2010.
6. Sponsor. The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. This contest is being sponsored as an activity for ACR’s Conflict Resolution Day. For information about ACR and Conflict Resolution Day, click here.
7. General Conditions.
Poems will not be returned. Entrants should keep a copy of their submissions.
Association for Conflict Resolution assumes no responsibility for entries that are lost, incomplete, misdirected, illegible, or late, or for failed computer transmissions or technical failures.
Association for Conflict Resolution reserves the right, in its discretion, to reject entries that it believes are unlawful, libelous, or would be detrimental to the reputation of Conflict Resolution Day or the Association for Conflict Resolution.
Poems with profanity, obscenity, vulgarity, or anything else which overrides the general norms of civility will not be eligible for prizes.
Entry must comply with all contest rules to be eligible for a prize. The Association for Conflict Resolution reserves the right not to award any prizes.
Selected entries (including those that were not awarded prizes) may be displayed at the ACR National Conference and may be compiled in a poetry book or other form (including electronically) as may be determined by the Association for Conflict Resolution.
Winning students will have the opportunity to submit a digital tape recording of their poem, which the Association for Conflict Resolution may link to its website.
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges named by the Association for Conflict Resolution. The judges will evaluate the entries using the following criteria: exploration of theme, impact on reader, originality, literacy, message. Judges’ decisions are final.

Publishing Op: Nature Writers

Posted February 22, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

Save the Whales is sponsoring a poetry writing contest for kids (ages 13 and under). If you want to enter this contest, please keep these things in mind:

  • The poem must be about whales.
  • The poem must be your own original work.
  • Remember to give your poem a title.
  • The winning poems will be published in a book.
  • The deadline is April 30, 2008.

You can enter the competition by emailing your poem to m1sid  [at], or you can mail it to Save The Whales – Poem Entry, 1192 Waring Street, Seaside, CA 93955. Be sure to put your name and age, address, phone number and email address on the entry. For more information, click here.