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NAESP contest plus four more!

I haven’t done a contest blog post in a while here, and today I’m going to blast you with five really good ones. I’ve posted about all of these on the blog before, and this post is for the 2013 deadlines.

(By the way, you can find all the past contest posts by searching the categories in the right sidebar of this page. They’re organized by the deadline months.)

Contests are a terrific way to hone your writing skills by writing to spec, word limit, and deadline. Many contests also offer feedback from the judges, which at times can be quite valuable.

NAESP National Children’s Book of the Year

Deadline: March 15, 2013

Details: NAESP Website

This contest is open to authors of children’s picture books and children’s chapter books, suitable for elementary school students up to age sixteen. In collaboration with Charlesbridge Publishing, the contest offers an opportunity of a publishing contract.

The contest is judged by educators, librarians, and publishing professionals. One piece of good news is that last year, the contest only had about 1,000 entries. If your writing is top notch, those are good odds.

You may enter online or by snail mail. Just visit the NAESP website for the entry form and details.

Good luck!

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Details: Winning Writers Tom Howard Story Page

This contest is for short stories or essays of any type, up to 5,000 words. The contest awards prizes totaling $5,500, with a grand prize of $3,000. The top ten entries will be published online to their audience of over 40,000 readers.

More good news is you may read past winning entries at their website. This will give you a feel for what the editors want to see.

Sports Fiction and Essay Contest

Deadline: May 31, 2013

Details: Winning Writers Sports Fiction Contest

Do you have an entertaining story to tell about sports? Bring it on at this contest, and win up to $1,000 in two different categories. This contest has the added bonus of a full page of advice from the judge. Jendi Reiter tells you exactly what she’s looking for and give you suggested reading material.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Deadline: April 1, 2013

Details: Wergle Flomp Contest

The name alone is enough to make you laugh. If you love humorous writing, and you can create poetry, you might want to enter this contest. As with the others, you may read past winning entries to see what the judges enjoy.

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Details: Poetry Contest

This is for poetry that meets traditional standards of rhyme and metre. Check the website for more details about what they specifically want. Entries that are previously published and even entries that have won other awards are accepted. The prizes are substantial, and if you win, your poems will reach thousands of readers.

Happy writing everyone!

 

 

There will be two winners, a children’s picture book winner and a children’s chapter book winner.

 

You can enter at the NAESP website.

 

NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Contest 2012

Entry Fee: $45

Deadline: March 1, 2012

Guidelines: NAESP Foundation

This is a contest I first blogged about last year, and I feel it’s good enough to mention again this year. The competition highlights talented unpublished writers of children’s books. It’s judged by Charlesbridge Publishing and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation. An endorsement by them will go far for your writing reputation.

Last year, they received 1,000 entries. The deadline this year is stated as March 1, 2012 on the website, which is an extension from the deadline listed in the application packet.

You may submit picture books or chapter books. Entries are only by snail mail with their entry form that you can print off the website. Winners will receive a publishing contract and will be announced March 23, 2012 at the NAESP 2012 Annual Convention in Seattle. The entry form is a bit confusing, so it might be worth a phone call or email to clear up any questions you have when you look at it.

Take a bit of time now to polish up that manuscript and send it in. Additional entries have a reduced rate of $25, so if you have more than one manuscript ready, go for it.

Charlesbridge Publishing is well known for publishing quality books for children and teachers. They run interesting contests for kids. One of my students once finaled in a dragon drawing contest they sponsored and received a nice book and certificate as a prize. Be sure to stop by their site and get a feel for the house style.

Happy writing!

NAESP Children’s Book Contest

Entry Fee: $45

Deadline: February 15, 2011

Guidelines: NAESP Foundation

This isn’t the usual free contest that I mention, but I think it’s a valuable one. The competition is to highlight talented writers who have not yet been published. It’s judged by Charlesbridge Publishing and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation. An endorsement by them will go far for your writing reputation.

You may submit picture books or chapter books. Entries are only by snail mail with their entry form that you can print off the website. Winners will receive a publishing contract and will be announced April 7, 2011 at the NAESP 2011 Annual Convention.

Take a bit of time now to polish up that manuscript and send it in. Additional entries have a reduced rate of $25, so if you have more than one manuscript ready, go for it.

Charlesbridge Publishing is well known for publishing quality books for children and teachers. They run interesting contests for kids. One of my students once finaled in a dragon drawing contest they sponsored and received a nice book and certificate as a prize. Be sure to stop by their site and get a feel for the house style.

Happy writing!