Write For A Better World

World Literacy Canada has a new writing contest that you won’t want to miss. It’s a totally cool concept, and there are super prizes for the winners that include $500 and an e-reader, and of course, books.

The  idea is that you finish the story that Eric has started.  Yep, it’s that simple….

Ok ok…there is one little catch.  You have to write about a place that’s new to you; the things that are different , AND the things that are the same.

Here’s Eric’s part of the story:

I felt like I had been shot out of a cannon.  Who were these people? Where in the world was I? Before I could even get my bearings I was almost run over by. . .

You have 400 words to finish the story.

Interested?  Here’s the link to find out more.

Top 10

I’m down to the top ten entries in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s writing contest (I’m the judge for grade 4 submissions). I still have to whittle these 10 stories down to the top 3 but that’s going to be quite difficult as there are some really great stories in my top 10 pile.  Watch for the winning entries which will be posted on CCBC site on May 9th, during Book Week.

They’ve arrived!

I’ve been waiting for the stories from the 2012 Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Writing Contest and I just got the call that they’ve arrived.  I have stories from grade 4 again this year.  Guess what I’ll be doing for the next while!

If you missed the contest deadline this year, there’s always 2013.  And, don’t forget that dozens of authors and illustrators will be touring the country to promote books and reading all week long. Your school might even be lucky enough to be hosting a visiting author or illustrator.

Winning entries for the writing contest will be announced during Book Week, May 5-12.

Writing Contest

Heads up to all you wanna be kid’s book writers.

Here’s an Island writing contest aimed at producing a book of illustrated stories for 9-12 year olds while benefiting The Old School House Arts Centre (T.O.S.H.) in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

Stories should be unpublished and in the 1500 word range.  The entrance fee is $10 with the best story taking home a $200 prize. The top ten stories will be published and illustrated by artists-in-residence of T.O.S.H. The profits from the sale of the book will go to support the non-profit arts centre.

Thanks to my colleague Jocelyn Shipley for passing this on. Do be sure to check out her site and her work.