Anyone who has known me long, knows how much I love enticing
young people to write. It's a skill that, once learned,
provides a life-long talent potential to catapult youngsters
into better careers and higher self-esteem. So when I came
across a new program for young writers, I had to pass it
Capitol City Young Writers (CCYW) is a national non-profit
organization that provides career exploration, writing workshops,
scholarships, internships and leadership opportunities.
Members discover the skills necessary to enter literary related
careers such as editing, journalism or broadcast radio. From
fiction and non-fiction, to poetry, screenwriting, songwriting
and broadcast radio, students are supported through workshops
bringing professionals and mentors together in local communities
through online tutorials, annual conferences, a youth run
literary journal, writing and audio competitions, and mentoring.
CCYW offers a diverse and distinctive group of published
authors and professional writers to work directly with young
writers in the Master Mentor Program. CCYW is always seeking
new mentors! A list of Master Mentors are at the website.
Currently, CCYW also seeks student members interested in
applying for editorial positions with Write On! - the youth
run literary journal. Editors will learn how to run a literary
journal, develop the skills necessary to act as an editor and
work as a team on a collaborative project.
The "Day in the Life" internship program provides its senior
level members with the opportunity to explore various careers
in the literary world without a long term commitment to either
the sponsor or the member. These internships offer a glimpse
that will provide insight into the realities of specific
careers and the daily duties that accompany them in the writing
field. One day can make a lifetime impression for youth who
are struggling with career choices, the college application
process and choosing a major.
CCYW started in Northern California in 2008, and currently
serves members throughout the U.S. and internationally in
Canada, Germany and the UK. Two levels of membership are
available, a junior membership for youth up to the junior
high school level (age 11) and a senior membership for students
in junior high and high school (ages 11 to 18). Membership dues
are $25 annually. Scholarships are available to families with
Contact Ms. Verna Dreisbach, Founder and President if you
have an interest in mentoring, volunteering or joining as
a young writer. Thanks for caring about young writers.
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
How can we achieve a world free of nuclear weapons by the year
2020? Once this is achieved, how can we make sure that the
"nuclear genie" stays in the bottle forever? Make a video of
three minutes or less addressing these questions. Open to all
ages and all nationalities. Deadline June 15, 2009. First
prize $1,000, second prize $750, third prize $250, and up to
five honorable mentions.
BARBARA MANDIGO KELLY PEACE POETRY AWARD http://www.wagingpeace.org/menu/programs/awards-&-contests/bmk-contest/index.htm
NO FEE FOR YOUTH ENTRIES ($15 for adults).
The Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award is an annual
series of awards to encourage poets to explore and
illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit.
The Poetry Awards include three age categories: Adult,
Youth 13-18, and Youth 12 & Under. Deadline July 1, 2009.
Awards: Adults - $1,000, Youth (13 to 18) - $200, Youth (12
and under) - $200. Open worldwide. Poems must be in English.
INSIGHT MAGAZINE WRITING CONTEST http://www.insightmagazine.org/contest/rules.asp
Three categories - student short story, general short
story, and student poetry. Short story categories have
prizes of $250 first, $200 second and $150 third. The
poetry prizes are $100 first, $75 second, and $50 third.
Deadline June 1, 2009. You must be age 22 or under to
enter the student categories. Your entry must be a true,
unpublished work by you, with a strong spiritual message.
We appreciate the use of Bible texts. If you do not win
a prize, your entries will be considered for purchase at
regular INSIGHT rates. Your short story should not be
longer than seven pages. Your poem should not be longer
than one page.
iYEATS POETRY COMPETITION http://www.hawkswell.com/competition/
ENTRY FEE 5 per poem.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Yeats summer school
and the 70th anniversary of the death of WB Yeats, the Hawk's
Well Theatre announces the inaugural iYeats Poetry Competition
2009 - an online national and international competition open
to all and with a special award for poetry from poets under 25.
Prize giving and a Public reading of the shortlisted poets will
take place during the annual Yeats Summer School 2009. The twin
themes of the iYeats Poetry Competition 2009 will be POLITICS
and LOVE. Deadline June 12, 2009. The general competition is
open to all ages. The iYeats Emerging Talent Award is open to
all 16 - 25 year olds. First general prize of 300. Emerging
Talent award of 300. Ten highly commended awards.
CLAUDIA ANN SEAMAN POETRY AWARD http://www.teenreads.com/community/contests/seaman_awards_young_writers.asp
Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction submissions sent
directly to Polyphony H.S. will automatically be entered
in the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers. Submissions
will be considered for publication in the following issue of
Polyphony H.S., as long as the author will still be a high
school student in the next academic year. The deadline for
the Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers will remain
June 1. Open to all students in grades 9-12. Each participant
may submit a total of three poems, essays, or stories (2,500-
word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction). Deadline
June 1, 2009. $500 award for each genre and publication in
the following issue of Polyphony H.S. Award Announcement:
September 20, 2009.
IN HONOR OF OUR ELDERS POETRY CONTEST - NY http://www.ithaca.edu/gerontology/poetrycontest/
New York State students in grades 9-12 are invited to
submit up to three poems each on the theme "In Honor
of Our Elders": works that celebrate family members,
friends or role models who have reached the age of 60
or beyond. Poems may be any length, and must be
submitted in a single Word document online using the
form at the bottom of this Web page. Deadline for
entries is midnight, June 15, 2009. Winners will be
chosen by a panel of judges affiliated with Ithaca
College and will be invited to read their poems at the
Gerontology Institute's reception on campus as part of
the Finger Lakes Literary Festival to be held in Ithaca
during October 2009.
First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $200
Third Prize: $100
Two Honorable Mentions: $50 each
ESR ESSAY CONTEST http://esr.earlham.edu/events/50years/essay.html
NO ENTRY FEE
Contest winners will be invited to attend ESR's 50th
Anniversary kick-off event on Saturday, September 26, 2009
and read their entries. Their essays will also be printed
in a commemorative booklet, and excerpts may be printed in
Quaker publications. Essays will be read and judged by a
three-person panel. One essay will be chosen and given a
cash prize in each of the following categories:
Under age 19 - $300 cash prize
Age 19 and over - $700 cash prize
Essays must directly answer the question, What message or
gifts do Quakers offer today in answer to the world's
Essays for the under age 19 category cannot exceed 2,500
words, and essays for the age 19 and over category must
be a minimum of 5,000 words and not exceed 7,500 words.
Deadline May 31, 2009.
DURFEE FOUNDATION STUDENT CHALLENGE AWARDS http://www.durfee.org/programs/sca/overview.html
In partnership with Earthwatch, the Foundation offers students
gifted in the arts and humanities an opportunity to spend two
intensive weeks during the summer at a scientific research
station. The aim is to excite the students' imagination, expand
their potential, and stimulate their curiosity about science
and technology. The goals of the Earthwatch Student Challenge
To identify high-school students throughout the U.S. who are
creatively talented, and send them off to work with professional
research scientists. To immerse students in high-level science
as it's actually practiced, beyond anything they would encounter
in their high-school classroom. To give the students a "gee-whiz"
PORTLAND MONTHLY INTERNSHIPS http://portlandmagazine.com/internships.html
Award-winning Portland Magazine, established 1985, has a
16-year history of year-round internships that have acted
as a springboard for promising writers and graphic artists
to work in larger markets. A Portland Magazine internship
is guaranteed to include direct involvement with the creation
of three consecutive issues of the magazine. Interns will
also receive five workshops/reviews on their personal
creative efforts. Depending on your academic program, your
school may cover the cost of the internship. A minimum of
15 hours a week are required for a period of roughly three
months, during which an intern will rotate through all
departments of the magazine to assure familiarity with,
and sensitivity toward, all the elements that make up the
KENTUCKY STATE PARKS 85th ANNIVERSARY POETRY CONTEST
Kentucky Department of Parks
c/o Poetry Contest
500 Metro Street - 10th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601 http://parks.ky.gov/contest/poetry/
Poem theme must be related to natural, cultural or historical
resources of Kentucky State Parks. Examples might be like:
--pioneer life at Old Fort Harrod State Park
--geological formations at Natural Bridge State Report Park
--past or present day battlefield at Perryville Battlefield
--general or in-depth observations of flora or fauna at any
park, or feelings for Kentucky State Parks as a whole. Visit
some parks for inspiration.
Age groups (as of November 2, 2009)
--11 and under (maximum 36 lines)
--12-18 (maximum 60 lines)
--19 and up (maximum 60 lines)
Does not accept offensive poems. Prizes include:
--$50 KY State Park gift card + certificate for first
place in each category
--$25 KY State Park gift card + certificate for second
place in each category
--2009 book, The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks
+ certificate of award for 3rd place winners in each
All winners and honorable mention choices, ages 18 & under,
will receive a coupon for one free admission to a park fort,
museum, or historic site of their choice. All winners and
honorable mention submittals will be posted on website as
well as potentially displayed as part of traveling exhibit
in select state parks throughout 2010. Deadline November 2,
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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.