The 28th Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest; deadline 9/7/2011; $50 prize; detils HERE:
No entry fee; prizes of $500, $1,500 and $2,500; deadline is 9/15/2011; details HERE:
Cicada is a bimonthly mag for YAs and teens. Buys short stories, poems and essays; pays up to $.25/word; guidelines HERE:
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times for Teens
101 Stories about the Hardest Parts of Being a Teenager
Chicken Soup for the Soul is currently accepting stories from teenagers and young adults for a new book about the tough times that some teens experience. This book will be a support and a companion for teenagers looking for comfort and inspiration while they overcome hardships of various kinds.
Please send us only true stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words. Stories should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major publications. These must be your personal stories — things that happened to you or someone you were close to.
Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:
- Loss of a friend, family member, or beloved pet
- Mental illness and suicide
- Overcoming disability
- Being teased or bullied
- Drinking or using drugs and the consequences of those actions
- Eating disorders and low self-esteem
- Physical, sexual, or mental abuse
- Academic struggles
- Seeing or taking part in violence
- Homosexuality and coming out
- Teen promiscuity and pregnancy
- Divorce and other problems with parents
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.
SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoup.com
Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.
DEADLINE IS JULY 31st. The book will be published in February 2012.
Teen Ink’s “Point of View” essay contest. One winner selected every month! Details HERE:
Deadline is April 30, 2011; no fee to enter; publication in BUST Magazine; details HERE:
Open to anyone in grades 7-12; send up to 3 poems; 3/25/2011; read guidelines HERE:
Accepted pieces pay $200 plus 10 copies; 300-1,200 words; stories must be true
Upcoming themes and deadlines:
• Brides and Weddings – April 30, 2011
• Canada – Jan. 30, 2011
• Devotional Stories for Times of Trouble ($100) – Feb. 28, 2011
• Marriage and Married Life – May 30, 2011
• Mothers and Daughters – Dec. 31, 2010
• Teens – Dec. 31, 2010
• Young at Heart – Dec. 31, 2010
Details and to submit, go HERE:
Writer’s Guidelines here:
My name is Leah Beth Evans and I’m a freshman at Valley View High School. I live in the town of Peckville located in the state of PA.I enjoy composing songs and literature.I have one published book,a childrens book, called “A Different Kind of Hero”.
1. Tell us about your latest book.
My latest published book,“A Different Kind of Hero”, is a fictional children’s book about a Monkey who seeks out his special talent or prowess.
2. How did you get started as a writer?
Ever since I was young,I would write short story’s or poems. In fourth grade though, I was “influenced” by a nonfictional story I had read in class all about the rainforest.Soon after,I wrote “A Different Kind of Hero”.
3. What does a typical day look like for you?
My typical day consists of attending school,studying,writing,practicing the piano,and occasionally socializing with friends.
4. Describe your workspace.
I have a variety of workplaces.My computer desk,my kitchen table,and my bedroom.
5. Favorite books
My favorite books consist of “The Twilight Series”,”the Diary of Ann Frank”,”Flowers for Algernon,and “Little Women.”
6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you
I am capable of writing with both hands, sometimes I sleep on the opposite end of my bed (helps me sleep better),I not only have a love for writing but also music/theatre.
7. Favorite quote
I find all quotes to be special and creative and generally do not favor one over the other.
8. Best and worst part of being a writer
The best part of being a writer is getting to fill just a simple sheet of paper with your own thoughts and feelings.The worst part of being a writer is being given a limit to writing. As a writer, I do not enjoy writing essays that have a limit of “At least 5 paragraphs” or “No more than 3 pages”. As a writer, I believe that one should have the freedom of writing as much or as little as wanted. I believe a story should be written until the author feels it is complete,not when you are at your limit (3 pages or 5 paragraphs).
9. Advice for other writers
Write what you feel and love creating. Writing is beautiful and should be enjoyed and appreciated.
10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.
When I started seventh grade my parents got my book published. It was an unforgetable day. One of my goals had been “achieved” and one of my dreams “come true”.
Where can people buy your book?
Thank you for this oppertunity,
Leah Beth Evans