Kids Join in NaNoWriMo

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Play is not only our creative drive; it’s a fundamental mode of learning.” ~ David Elkind

child writing. jpgAs a follow-up to last Thursday’s blog, I forgot to mention children are invited to participate in the National Novel Writing Month also. In November, many libraries will have special programs just for children which will promote writing fellowship and fun among the young participants.

Of course, children have a more limited attention span, so parents if you get your child involved in the contest, remember children are more easily distracted. However, there are children who have a natural affinity for writing, and will write with great abandon.

There are many homeschooled children who will participate in NaNoWriMo. Here is an excellent article about keeping children on task. 

The main thing is to relax, parents, and let your child be their own guide as to how much or how little they want to write. The month long contest is supposed to be fun and not grueling.

Suggestion: Why not make it a parent and child activity? Parents can set a good example by entering in the challenge also. Write till your child’s heart is content, then switch gears, do something fun and reward your child for their efforts.

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A great way to introduce yourself as a writer or gain recognition as a writer is to submit your writing to contests. There are many contests that are open for submission during the winter months. Here are just a few:

2010 Leap Frog Press Fiction Contest. Submissions accepted beginning Jan 15 for adult literary fiction and childrens fiction. For more information, please visit

2010 Women of Mystery Haiku Contest. Submissions accepted from now until the end of March. Results during National Poetry Month in April. For more information, please visit

Hurry! There is still time Writers League of Texas. Deadline for Manuscript contest February 24. Prize announced during the Writers League of Texas Agents Conference. June 25-27, 2010.  For full details visit

Tupelo Press Contests – now accepting submissions for Chapbook Awards and First Book of Poetry Awards.  The Snowbound Series Chapbook Award is now accepting submission until February 28, 2010.

The 11th Annual Tupelo Press Press Award for First Book of Poetry now accepting submissions ! $3,000 prize money! Entries must be postmarked or submitted on line before April 15. For more information go to

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What are the IPPY AWARDS? “The IPPY Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, motivation and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.” Awards are given in 67 categories, along with regional awards as well.  It is the world’s largest book awards competition!

Who is eligible to enter: All small presses, self publishing authors using print on demand, university presses and self publishers.

Enter Early! Fees increase as the deadline approaches!             $75 per title, per category until November 14, 2009                                 $80 per title, per category from November 15 – January 16, 2010       $85 per title, per category from January 17 – March 20, 2010               FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE – MARCH 20, 2010                                                $45 Regional entries (such as travel, local history, geography, etc.)  

Why enter?  Awards earn credibility for your book!  Awards earn publicity for your book! Awards SELL BOOKS!

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Writers, Mark Your Calendars – Frost & More!!!

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Don’t let this photo fool you – this blog is really not about weather. It is about two writing contests and their deadlines!

Camber Press – Poetry Chapbook Award is coming up.  For details, go to or email Mark Doty will be the judge and the prize is $1,000.  Submit a manuscript of up to 24 pages by August 15 with a $15 entry fee.

And, now it is about Frost! The Robert Frost Foundation – Poetry Award. Lots of time to create a winner. Deadline is September 15. The poems should be written in the spirit of Robert Frost and three entries are allowed. The entry fee is $10 per poem. For more information go to or email

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