Thursday, January 10, 2013

Contests To Keep Kids Writing

     Late last spring, I posted links to contests for young writers and I've recently found more with deadlines coming up in the next few months . If you know any kids who love to write or teachers who like to encourage fledgling writers in their classes, pass along these links. There's some cool prizes up for grabs!

Sponsors of The Betty Award give out cash prizes in a Spring and Fall contest. Open world-wide, the contest judges original, unpublished fiction from children ages 8-12. There is a $15 reading fee per story. Deadline for the Spring contest is May 3. Details are on the website.

PBS offers a yearly contest for students in K-3rd grade. Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney and author R.L. Stine are two of the honorary judges. Prizes include tablet computers, e-readers, and MP3 players. If you're local TV station isn't participating in the contest, you can click on another station close by instead. Deadline is April 1st. Visit the PBS site for more information.

Story prompts help young writers get their creative juices flowing for the monthly contests sponsored by KidPub. You'll have to sign up as a member to participate in the contests but they're FREE!  Lucky winners will score Amazon gift cards.

Creative Communication, a site run by teachers and educators, offers a poetry and essay contest several times throughout the year. The next submission deadline is Feb. 19th. There's no entry fee. Prizes include a cash award and publication in an anthology.

Scholastic sponsors the annual Kids Are Authors contest for students in kindergarten thru 8th grade. One grand prize entry in each of the fiction and non-fiction categories will be published. Entries must be postmarked by March 2013.

Good luck to the young writers out there!


  1. Thanks for posting these. I still remember the thrill I got from winning writing contests when I was younger, and how it gave me the encouragement to pursue writing as a career now that I'm an adult.

  2. These are great contests. I'll definitely pass them on. thanks for sharing. :-)


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