Do you have a YA short story?

Just a brief note to hype the upcoming Children’s Writer story contest!

Sponsored by the Children’s Writer newsletter of the Institute for Children’s Literature, the contest asks for entries of “a short story for teens, 13-14, in any subgenre, including speculative fiction, issue-based, contemporary, historical, adventure, humor, etc. The story should be no longer than 1,500 words. Entries will be judged on its page-turning qualities, targeting of teen interests, voice, and character. It should be well-structured, have a strong opening, and a resonant theme. The judges value originality, and the final criterion is publishability.”

The grand prize?  $500!  And your story published in Children’s Writer!  The catch?  Follow the rules.  They mean business.  Give it a try… Contests are great ways to add to your writing experience and get some valuable encouragement.  As I’ve mentioned before, if you don’t play, you can’t win.  Which is the final reason I’m hyping this contest.  Editor Jan Fields is having a contest for free books for those who help spread the word.  And I do love free books….

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