It used to be I thought my writing would never be good.
I would only write good things when I was angry, sad, or
when something brilliant happened. I never had the gift
some people have to just write about anything. My mom knew
I was a bad writer, so she signed me up for a Creative Writing
class so I would get better. I honestly didn't think the
class would do anything to help me. In fact, I only took
that class to fill my schedule.
At first, I was very shy, quiet, and kept to myself. I
hated speaking out loud to people I didn't really know.
I soon realized I wasn't the only one in that class that
absolutely sucked at writing. Once became familiar with
others, I started making friends. Once we began to trust
each other, we cared more about our writing.
I've learned many things. Vocabulary and public speaking
will definitely help me in college. I've also learned to
write essays and poems and have even been published in an
online magazine! Not only has this class taught me how to
write, but it has taught me about people. It really changed
my mind about judging. Like looking at an iceberg, I could
only see what's on the outside of the water, not what's
underneath. That's what I was doing-- judging my classmates
by what's on the outside, and not the inside. Their words
were so strong and emotional that it changed my mind
completely about them.
I once thought writing was boring. Now I see it can
be fun and interesting. It's my own way of expressing my
feelings, releasing my anger, and standing up for things
I couldn't say out loud. Writing can be for anyone, not just
for people who are good at it.
Cassidy Gillette is fifteen years old and a sophomore at
Broome High School. She plans to attend college right after
graduation to become a dermatologist. One day she will
open up her own salon that includes a skin care line, nails,
and hair. She also wants to publish at least one book.
Always keep writing.
We cover elementary to college teens. Each week we
carry 12 or so opportunities for all ages. Read each
market closely. Some cover a wide range and others
address a very small age group. Always read the directions!
We need guest articles. Have you considered writing a
guest article for WritingKid? Are you a student, a parent,
a teacher? All are eligible. Just make sure the topic
touches upon writing and runs no more than 500-550 words.
Those under 16 receive the book of their choice. Those
over 16 receive $10-$20, depending on the quality of the
piece, the amount of editing required and the obvious
amount of research. Send any submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and label it SUBMISSION TO
YALDAH MAGAZINE http://www.yaldahmagazine.com/hometemp.html
Yaldah Magazine for Jewish girls seeks short fiction, poetry,
true stories, and essays by girls ages 9-17. Writing should be
of interest to Jewish girls ages 9-14. Topics might include:
travel to Israel, overcoming an obstacle, a Bat Mitzvah project,
community service, Jewish holiday experiences, friendship,
grandparents, large families, and mitzvah observance. Artwork
is also welcome. For submission guidelines and to learn more
about Yaldah Magazine, visit the website.
THE APPRENTICE WRITER - BY SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY http://www.susqu.edu/academics/10478.asp http://www.susqu.edu/academics/10602.asp
The Apprentice Writer publishes poems, stories and personal
essays by high school students from a twenty-state area. It
has a circulation of 11,000 and is distributed each September.
In its twenty-sixth year, it is edited and produced, in part,
by Susquehanna University writing students. Deadline March 1,
THE SIDNEY LANIER POETRY COMPETITION http://tinyurl.com/yhlpvxn
ENTRY FEE $5/STUDENT and $10/ADULT
Open to poets from both North and South Carolina whose works
have not previously been published in book form. There is a
prize of $500 for the winner. A second Award, for high school
students, carries a prize of $100. Submission to the 2011
competition must be received by February 15, 2011. Submit two
copies of a poem that is no more than five pages long.
William Saroyan is one of the most famous personalities
to emerge from the Fresno area. Limit 2-3 pages. First
place $100, second place $75, third place $50. Prizes
awarded in each age group: Grades 1-2, grades, 3-4,
grades 5-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, college. Students
with special needs are also encouraged to participate.
Must use entry form online.
"YOU ARE HERE" TEEN VIDEO CHALLENGE http://cslpreads.org/challenge-overview.html
A short Public Service Announcement, using the theme "You Are Here"
could make you the Winner for your State in the "You Are Here" Teen
Video Challenge 2011. One winner can be selected from each state and
CSLP member affiliate. Teens all across America will see your video.
Any legal U.S. aged 13-18 can enter. You can create the
video on your own or work as a team. You will enter the challenge
through your state. You must be a legal resident of the state where
you will enter. In April 2011, CSLP will award each CSLP approved
State Teen Video Challenge 2011 Winner or Winning Team $250. The
library listed on the Entry Form will receive $100 from CSLP.
DUBLIN BOOK FESTIVAL CONTEST http://dublinbookfestival.com/
The Dublin Book Festival writing competition for writers aged
between 12 and 14 years asks entrants to write and submit a
story between 500 and 1,000 words in length. Eight winners will
be chosen to attend on February 26. Submit any story on any theme
- scary, funny, sad or anything else. Deadline February 11, 2011.
LITERARY PROGRAMING INTERN
Location Toronto, CA http://www.luminato.com/about/29
For 10 extraordinary days in June, Toronto's stages, streets,
and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Now
in its fifth year, Luminato is an annual multi-disciplinary
celebration of theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual
arts, fashion, film, and more. Luminato is seeking an eager
and talented Literary Programming Intern ('LPI') to support
the Curator, Literary Programming, within the Production &
Programming department. Background in English literature and/
or passion for books a must.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter (Word or PDF
documents only) to Devyani Saltzman, Curator, Literary
Programming at email@example.com with Literary Programming
Intern - Luminato 2011 in the subject line and deliver by 5:00
PM, Friday, February 11, 2011.
LITERARY AGENCY INTERNS
SERENDIPITY LITERARY AGENCY http://www.serendipitylit.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=128
We offer internships year round and require a minimum
commitment of 3 months. Our goal is to expose and train our
interns to become qualified candidates able to take on full
time positions in the leading publishing houses or agencies.
At this time we are offering several non-paid positions. If
you are interested in a position please complete the
appropriate application and send a resume along with two
writing samples. Location Brooklyn, NY.
SEX, ETC. http://www.sexetc.org/page/faq_contributor
The Sex, Etc. national magazine and Web site are led by a teen
editorial staff with contributions from teen writers across the
United States and around the world. These Contributors write
feature stories and other content for our magazine and Web site.
They are paid $75 for each story we publish. As long as you're
a teen who's 19 or younger, you can contribute.
VOELKER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS http://www.voelkerfdn.org/Scholarships.asp
The John D. Voelker Foundation Native American Scholarship
was established to assist Native American students to pursue
the dream of a legal education. Grants are made annually in
an amount determined by the Foundation's Board in light of the
funds available, consistent with preserving the fund's permanent
endowment. The fund was established thorough contributions from
members of the Foundation, who subscribed to limited editions
of Laughing Whitefish, Trout Madness, and Traver on Fishing
signed by the author when he established the Foundation.
Annual grants have been $4,000 for the last several years,
matched by tribal funds in an equal amount in most cases, under
an arrangement between the Foundation and the Michigan Inter-
Tribal Council. So far, the Foundation has assisted seven
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