WritingKid - January 6, 2012
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Volume 12, Issue 1 - January 6, 2012
The zine for future writers today.
Publisher/Editor: C. Hope Clark
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Pieces of Soul: writing from the heart
by Laura N. Farrar
I've always loved writing fiction. In elementary school
I started submitting short stories, but discouragement
followed numerous rejections. Eventually, I submitted
some poems to various markets and several were published.
I kept writing and submitting fiction stories, but they
continually came back. I was putting my heart into them,
but they weren't polished yet. Finally, I decided to try
a new genre, personal experience articles.
I didn't know where to start, so I wrote what I knew
best--the story of my high school "Extreme Makeover".
Sitting down and writing about a challenging time in my
life when I faced social anxiety and learned how to
communicate with peers was difficult, but well worth it.
Variations of that story sold to three anthology books and
a teen magazine. Soon I branched out, writing about media
influences, my experience with depression and illness, and
friends who challenged me to become a better person. Finally,
I had a fiction story accepted, but only after I had plenty
of practice from writing my own stories--the ones closest to
Some people are gifted story-tellers who can craft amazing
tales of characters' lives better than they can their own.
If that's you, great! However, most of us struggle at first
with the creation of characters, plot, setting and realistic
conflict. We need to learn how to write stories, and a good
way to do that is using the template of our own lives. Write
about your earliest memory, fun family activities, playtimes
with pets, fights and resolutions with siblings, times in
the hospital, inventions and creativity, or friendships.
Don't underestimate the power of a seemingly boring day to
be part of a dynamic story!
If you aren't sure where to begin, try thinking of a topic
that has impacted your life. It could be about becoming class
officer, adoption, getting your first pet, your parents' divorce,
physical or mental illness, babysitting, taking an art class,
learning an instrument, moving, making new friends, or surviving
a natural disaster. You can literally take any life moment and
turn it into a story that can make people laugh, cry, smile and
recognize new things about themselves.
When you write about something that's personal and you're
passionate about, whether it's in your life, school, community
or the world, you're writing from the heart, and that's how you
connect with your readers. Fiction can often seem distant and
difficult to relate to, but personal experience stories are
sincere and real. They can create emotion, lead to self-
awareness, and inspire people to succeed, try new things and
make a difference in the world.
Your pen is powerful, but so is your story! When you write
from the heart, your words will take you on a journey to
discovering more about yourself and learning how to tell
stories even better. People will listen as you weave together
the pieces of your soul!
Laura N. Farrar is a twenty-two-year-old writer who balances
college, work, and dreams while mentoring teens and inhaling
books. Her first poem was published when she was sixteen, and
since then articles, stories, and poetry have appeared in
Skipping Stones, Encounter, CharacterZ, and more. Check out
her website: www.laurafarrar.com
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.
See the details at www.fundsforwriters.com/submissions.htm
RIGHT WORDS CONTEST
All students in years 10 and 11 in England and Wales (Key
Stage 4) and all Secondary 3 and 4 students in Scotland are
eligible. When we listen to music on the radio, watch the
television, read news online, pick up a magazine or go to
the cinema, we are taking part in this freedom. It is one of
the most important guarantees of our democracy. But imagine
for a second living in other parts of the world where writing
newspaper articles critical of the government could lead to
you being thrown into jail, where certain types of music and
books are banned, and where just speaking your mind in public
could lead to your arrest by the police. A distinguished panel
of judges will consider the submissions and select winners
in the following categories:
A newspaper article
A fictional story
Short dialogue / monologue
A rap / song (music and lyrics)
The best entries will be published in an anthology in the
spring of 2012.
YBNV WRITE A DREAM SHORT PLAY COMPETITION
10-minute plays that have not had productions are preferred,
but one-acts (20 page max.) will be considered. Use of the
narrator is discouraged. Profanity and obscenity is prohibited.
Due to the volume of plays we receive, only one script
submission per author will be considered. All scripts must
be submitted in English. Students in grades 3-12 are eligible.
Deadline March 12, 2012. Grand Prize in Primary (grades 3-6)
and Secondary Divisions (grades 7-12) is a stage production
at the Young Voices With New Visions Short Play Festival.
Location Atlanta, GA.
ELIZABETH GRAEME FERGUSSON AWARD IN POETRY
Eligibility: All high school students (grades 9-12) in Montgomery,
Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania.
Poems must be mailed to: MCPL Program, PO Box 441, Hatfield, PA
19440. Manuscript must be post-marked NO LATER than Monday,
March 12, 2012. Awards: $250 prize (plus $50 Honorable Mention)
will be given at a formal awards presentation on Saturday, April
21, 2012, at Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts (7924
Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118).
ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL LITERARY ARTS AWARDS
The Alabama Writers' Forum invites high school teachers to submit
their students' creative writing to the 2012 High School Literary
Arts Awards and Scholarship Competition (HSLAA). The postmark
date is January 18, 2012.
The 2012 HSLAA is open to Alabama high school students in grades
9-12. Cash awards are available to high school seniors through
the senior portfolio competition. Categories include poetry,
short fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, portfolios, and
AG DAY ESSAY CONTEST
Theme - "American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps."
The 2012 Ag Day Essay Contest is divided into two categories of
competition: written essay and video essay. Both are national
competitions. Essays must contain no more than 450 words. The
maximum length of a video is two (2) minutes. Students in grades
9-12 in the 2011-2012 school year. Contestants must be U.S. citizens.
Contestants must meet all requirements to compete.
National Video Essay Winner-$1,000.
National Written Essay Winner-$1,000 and trip to Washington, D.C.,
to be recognized at the Celebration of Ag Dinner held at the Whitten
Patio March 8, 2012. Entries must be received by: midnight CST,
February 1, 2012.
CANINES FOR CHARITY CONTEST
Write an essay of 350 words or less on the following topic:
"My First Puppy". Feel free to decorate the pages. Essays need
to be mailed in. We are no longer accepting emailed essays.
Mail us your essay by February 6, 2012. We have four different
age groups. K-3rd Grade, 4th - 6th Grade, 7th - 9th Grade &
10th - 12th Grade.
Mail your entries to:
Canines for Charity
c/o Pam and Floyd Dunn
PO Box 4522
Casper, WY 82604
BLUE SKY PROJECT - DAYTON, OH
Links young people aged 14-18 from the local community with
professional artists from around the world to pursue projects
proposed by the artists. Resident Artists will extend their
own artistic exploration and studio practice in a unique
collaborative setting with youth; develop the leadership,
self-awareness, critical-thinking, communication and collaborative
skills of Youth Participants through the art making process; and
enhance the vibrancy of the community through increased engagement
and creative energy. Seeking project proposals from artists,
activists, and creative professionals in the following disciplines:
visual art, film, tech art, dance, music, writing, performance art,
and other creative media.
GEORGIA STUDENT WRITING WANTED - PEGASUS MAGAZINE
Pegasus, the literary magazine at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural
College in Tifton, Georgia, invites submissions of poetry,
short fiction (flash fiction welcome), creative nonfiction,
artwork and photography for the upcoming spring 2012 issue.
The submission deadline is February 29, 2012. Pegasus is an
award-winning regional journal that publishes writers enrolled
in Georgia high schools or Georgia colleges and universities.
Pegasus accepts electronic submissions only. Please see website
for full submission guidelines.
COUNCIL FOR WISCONSIN WRITERS COMPETITION
$20 ENTRY FEE
The Council for Wisconsin Writers invites Wisconsin writers
who have works published in 2011 to submit them in the
categories of book-length fiction, nonfiction, and poetry;
short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems; outdoor
writing; and children's literature. Winners of the Wisconsin
Writers Award in each of the eight categories will receive
$500 and a weeklong artist-residency with Shake Rag Alley
Center for Arts and Crafts or Maplewood Lodge in Mineral Point,
WI. The contests close January 31, 2012 (postmark deadline).
Authors who enter must be current Wisconsin residents.
CWW also sponsors an Essay Award for Young Writers (1,500-word
maximum) for Wisconsin high school student writers; there is
no entry fee, and the award is $250 this year. Members of the
board will judge. Deadline for the student essay contest is
January 31, 2012.
NCLA WATER POETRY COMPETITION
£5 ENTRY FEE FOR UP TO 3 POEMS
1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £200
3rd prize: £100
North East Young Adult Category (free entry for up to three poems):
1st prize: £250. Five runners up will each receive £50.
Deadline January 13, 2012. We want you to think about water
in all its aspects and submit poems to us which use it as a
theme. This competition has two categories. The Main category
is open to UK residents of any age; the North East Young Adult
category is open to under 19 year olds resident in the North
East of England.
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accuracy of the contests, awards, etc. but we do try to
check them out in advance to the best of our ability.
C. Hope Clark
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