are publication in Children’s Writer,
cash prizes, winners’ certificates, and valuable
training in disciplined writing.
If you like
writing for children and
you will now have two extra weeks to enter.
Writing to an editor’s
specifications is the first hurdle that any writer must clear on the
track to publication.
Yet we hear repeatedly from editors
that the majority of manuscripts they receive do not match their
guidelines and specifications.
That’s a huge waste of time and
energy for both writers and editors.
Writing 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
published and read by editors
A winning entry can get you
published, and often some healthy prize money too.
The winning poems or verse stories in this Seasonal Poetry Contest
will be published in Children’s Writer, the monthly
newsletter that is read by to almost 1,300 children’s book and
magazine editors in North America.
Along with the winning pieces, we’ll
publish an article about the other top-ranked entries and their
In addition, we will publish the winning
entries on the Children’s Writer website and make them
available on our Facebook page.
Two extra weeks to win one of five cash prizes
The contest 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
To enter our Seasonal Poetry Contest, submit a single poem, verse
story, or collection of up to five poems for children of any age, on
the subject of any of the seasons, or holidays. The total word count
of an entry may be no more than 300 words. Entries may be serious or
funny, and take any poetic form. Winners will be selected based on
quality of verse—including rhythm, meter, word choice, wordplay,
imagery, and the use of other poetic devices (rhyme, alliteration,
assonance, or others). Above all, winning entries must have appeal
for young readers.
Seasonal Poetry is the theme
Poetry for kids is greatly loved by readers, writers, editors.
But editors receive lots of slapdash, weak poetry submissions. Enter
this contest to win, but also to hone your skills, build your
writing confidence, and further your work as a
The theme for this contest is verse about the seasons or
holidays. Would a haiku for children be a strong entry for you? Make
sure the number of syllables and imagery work and appeal to kids.
How about a silly poem in the spirit of Shel Silverstein or Dr.
Seuss (in your own voice!)? What about a traditional limerick for
kids (There was an old man with a beard...). How about your unique
version of verse storytelling, à la Jack Prelutsky? Be original but
use your best poetry skills. And have fun: Editors and readers (and
contest judges) can tell when you do.
Entries must now be received by November 15, 2013
must be received by
31st November 15,
2013. The first contest entry is free to Children’s
Writer subscribers who include their account number on
page one of their manuscript. All others pay an entry fee of $15,
which includes an 8-month subscription. Winners will be announced in
the February 2014 issue. Prizes: $500 for first place plus publication
in Children’s Writer,
$250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places.
are important. Please read them carefully.
extended deadline. Deadline is now November 15th! Be sure to get
your entry in.
Now warm up
your computer and write a $500-winning poem or verse story!
Entry Form or make online submission
You may submit your entry either online, using our safe and secure
entry page, or by regular mail. If you choose to submit online, you'll
need to complete your manuscript and save it to a file on your
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