The snowy illustration above was sent in by Lidia Gurling-Mielcarek to help us celebrate this time of year that brings in the cold. Brrr!
Lidia is an freelance illustrator from Poland. She works in traditional and digital medias and loves to create children’s illustrations.
Kudos for Friday post
Holiday Illustrations (at least 500 pixels wide)
New Year Poems
Send to Kathy.temean(at)gmail.com Put December Illustration or December Poem in subject area. Thanks!
Last week I pointed out that the 7 Point Story Structure System could work even with short Stories. Here is an opportunity to try it out with this no fee short story contest. Here are the details:
2014 NIGHTLIGHT READING WRITERS CONTEST
Nightlight Reading is requesting submissions for our 2014 Nightlight Readings Short Story Writers Contest that is geared to at-risk boys in the 10-12 year age group who often stop reading for pleasure. Nightlight Reading’s goal is to fund and promote literature that appeals to boys and keeps them engaged and reading.
- The 2014 CONTEST THEME is ADVENTURE.
- The written piece should be considered a SHORT STORY with a MAXIMUM COUNT of 5,000 WORDS.
The 2014 contest entries will be pre-screened and read by a jury panel who may be scholars, librarians, teachers, and special guests who will decide on 10 semi-finalists. Then, a jury of young readers selected from our target readers will read all 10 entries and vote on the winners.
Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third Place as follows:
- First Prize: $1,000 award plus certificate and publication of the story.
- Second Prize: $500 award plus certificate and publication of the story.
- Third Prize: $300 award plus certificate and publication of the story.
All award winners will be publicized nationally by Nightlight Reading.
The authors will retain ownership of the stories, but Nightlight Reading will have the right to publish and distribute the story without compensation and in ways consistent with its mission for up to 2 years from the date of the awards are announced.
The Nightlight Reading Writers Contest is open to anyone who loves to write stories for boys, and may be a professional writer, student or budding writer.
Submissions must not have been previously published or won any other writing contest. However, simultaneous submissions to other contests are acceptable.
Deadline for submission for the 2014 contest is December 31, 2014.
Use this link to enter: http://www.nightlightreading.org/contest-entry-form/ Good luck!