Writing to an editorís
specifications is the first hurdle that any writer must clear on the
track to publication.
hear repeatedly from editors that the majority of manuscripts they
receive do not match their guidelines and specifications.
huge waste of time and energy for both writers and editors.
contests also have exact specifications, and that’s why we encourage
all writers to enter contests as often as they can. Contests are
excellent professional training experiences.
published and read by others
A winning entry can get you
published, and often some healthy prize money too.
The winning entries in this Early Reader
Mystery Writing Contest will be announced in a September eNews
newsletter, which we will email free to all entrants.
In addition, we will publish the winning
entries on our website.
Win one of five cash prizes
offers five cash prizes: $500 for the winner, $250 for second place,
and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places. These alone are a lot
of good reasons to write and enter.
enter our Early Reader Mystery writing contest, submit an original,
unpublished early reader mystery story, of 700 words or less. Early
readers are defined as ages 5 to 7, children beginning to read
entire stories on their own, stretching their recognition of words
and concepts, but likely to need some assistance from an
adult. Entries should not be for reading by an adult to a
Submissions will be judged on story line, characterization, and
freshness, but also on structure, grammar, and ultimate
publishability. Mysteries should be well-constructed, and have a
strong point-of-view character. The mystery must be one that an
early reader can grasp and potentially solve: It must be
Entries must be received by July 18, 2015
Entries must be received by July 18, 2015. All entries pay a reading
fee of $15, which includes a free eBook:
Powerhouses of Childrenís Publishing.
are important. Please read them carefully.
Now warm up your
computer and write
a mystery for early readers—and win $500.00!
all—have some fun with this contest. Good luck.
We have developed a safe and secure
web page for your contest entry and manuscript submission. It is
easy to use.
When you have
your manuscript ready, you will submit your entry and reading fee at
the same time. Please
click here to continue
to the entry page on our website.
first be directed to the section requiring the pre-payment of a $15
reading fee. The submission of the manuscript entry will follow the
payment of the entry fee.
your entry will be acknowledged by email.