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PRISM (BC) invites submissions for their Creative Nonfiction Contest. $1500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Length: 6000 words max. Judged By Rachel Rose. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2016.
At my library we have a monthly guessing game in a display case near the Children’s Services desk. Last month’s theme was guessing the number of drops of water in a bottle. This month’s game has lots of puppets stuffed in the case. In the winter it was about snowflakes. The library has been doing this since before I started working there, and I can see the positive effects of the game.
To participate in the month’s game, a library visitor must fill out a guessing form at the Children’s desk. A child doesn’t have to be able to write to participate; family members can help make sure the guess itself is legible. There is generally an employee working at the desk, and having the forms and pencils near us encourages interaction between the families and staff. Sure, we greet people as they enter the Children’s Library, but the guessing game allows for more meaningful interactions. Anyone can guess – it’s not just for children, so we have memorable conversations with caregivers too. The guessing game is a conversation starter, a recurring activity that children can look forward to every visit to our library, and builds upon skills like observation, counting and estimation in addition to incorporating several of the Every Child Ready to Read practices. The prize, generally a donated book in near new condition, is awarded on the first day of the following month, and the name of the person with the closest guess is posted near the display case.
On special days we also have scavenger hunts and the related sheets and prizes are at the desk. This is another way for us to show that we are not scary librarians, but rather nice and fun. This summer we are celebrating Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday on July 28 with her character hidden around the room.
Does your library have passive programming like this? Do you have a way to encourage children and families to approach the Children’s service desk? Share your successes in the comments.
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ALSC members are invited to submit their entries in the Top Ten Contest. Winners receive their choice of two prize categories! (Image courtesy of ALSC)
ALSC members love lists! The ALSC Blog is holding a contest to find out which members have the best lists. And they don’t just have to be book lists. Keep in mind your audience: ALSC Blog readers are world travelers, children’s literature enthusiasts, pillars of knowledge, youth librarians, and community engagement specialists. Send us your top 10 and we’ll hold a vote for the top ten list of top ten lists!
Winners will be able to choose from two categories of prizes including individual 2016 Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet tickets. Participants must be personal members of ALSC. Lists must be submitted by Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5pm Eastern/4pm Central. Help us spread the contest by tweeting about is using the hashtag #toptencontest. For more information and rules, please see the Top Ten Contest tab.
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Room Magazine is accepting entries for their annual Poetry and Fiction Contest. Prize in each genre: $1000 plus publication. Judged by Marilyn Dumont (poetry) and Doretta Lau (fiction). Room’s contests are open to women, trans*, two-spirited, and genderqueer people. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
Entries are invited for the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Top three winners receive publication on the contest website and private online mentoring sessions with contest judge, George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate). No entry fee. Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
Submissions are invited for the Sequestrum Editor’s Reprint Award. Open to reprints of fiction and creative nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print). One $200 prize plus publication. Minimum one runner-up prize including publication and payment. Fee: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2016.
Today was the day Mrs. Shanning and I had set aside for our students to vote.
Not for their favorite ice cream.
Not even for Class President!
But for something waaaaay more important . . .
to choose the winners of the Cooper and Packrat Book Trailer Contest!
Mrs. Shanning and I went over the expectations first, reminding our students of their own book trailer projects and keynote presentations; the work, thoughtful creativity and time that goes into getting just the right images and messages across, without having too long a video.
And of course, it had to be original and fun!
Then we reviewed the rules about copyrighted material, making sure to ask permission if need be, listing sources, and making sure the entries had the author, illustrator and publisher’s name within them.
Then we watched.
And watched again.
Our students then voted. And I must say, many of them said it was a very, very hard decision. Each and every entry was amazing in its own way. Having made book trailers themselves, they knew the hard work and thoughtfulness that went into them. Bravo!!!
Now . . .
Without further ado . ..
Here are our winners!
Drum Roll Please!!
Third Place -(There was a tie!)
Mrs. Richard’s Group 2 and Group 3
4th grade students at Rumford Elementary School
3rd Prize: A wildlife calendar signed by the author (to each group)
Mrs. Richard’s Group 1
4th grade students at Rumford Elementary School
2nd Prize: 1 copy of Mystery of the Missing Fox
and a wildlife calendar signed by the author
Mrs. Graffam’s 4th grade class
Hebron Station School, Hebron, Maine
1st Prize: A classroom set (15 copies) of Mystery of the Missing Fox
and a wildlife calendar signed by the author
Congratulations to all the winners from me, Mrs. Shanning, and our 7th and 8th grade students!
Now excuse me, as I go back to watch them all again!
The Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group invites entries from adults and youth for the 2016 Write on the Lake Contest. First prize: $100. Categories: Poetry (3 pages or 1500 words max), fiction (2500 words max.), and creative nonfiction (2500 words max.) Entry fees: Adult – $20 and youth (under 18 years) – $10. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
The Malahat Review invites emerging poets (who have yet to publish in book form) to enter the Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Prize: $1000. Submit up to three poems, 60 lines max. Entry fees: $25-$35. Contest judge: Steven Heighton. Deadline: May 1, 2016.
Pulp Literature (Vancouver) invites entries for the Magpie Award for Poetry. Prize $500. Prefers poems like liquor: “strong, neat, and we don’t mind if it makes our eyes water.” Looking for a fusion of musicality, imagery, feeling, and thought. Entry fee: $25 (includes digital subscription) for first poem. Deadline: April 15, 2016.
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SCBWI's drawing prompt for March is LUCKY.
I got to thinking about luck,
and what it means to me.
With or without four-leaf clovers, book contracts,
double-rainbows or pots of gold,
I am wishing-wells full of the best kind of luck.
I have beauty all around me -
in sky and earth,
in people with all their glorious quirks,
in a roof over my head, clean water,
in laughter and forgiveness.
And I am free -
free to write, to make art, to learn,
dream, wish, pray,
I believe thankfulness and hope can fill the darkest sky with stars.
That's my kind of lucky.
The Wishing of Biddy Malone by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Christopher Denise
The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies by Heather Forest, illustrated by Susan Gaber
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Entries are open for the Helen Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award. Prize: $1000. Submit a short story for young children (up to age 7) that reflects the diversity of the world’s population and values desirable in global citizens. Open to residents of Canada and the Caribbean. Deadline: May 13, 2016.
Entries are open for The Novella Award 2016 (UK). Prize: £1000 and publication with Sandstone Press. Length: 20,000-40,000 words. Entry fee: £17. Prize is co-produced by Manchester Metropolitan University and Liverpool John Moore’s University. Deadline: April 29, 2016.
Bauhan Publishing invites entries for the sixth annual May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, awarded to a book-length collection of poetry (50-80 pages). Prize: $1,000, publication, and 100 copies of the published book along with distribution through the University Press of New England (UPNE). Entry fee: $25. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
On Monday, I visited Hebron Station School, and as I walked in the front doors, I was met by this wall mural . . . and I knew I was in the right place.
Honestly, don’t you just want to live here?
Cindy Petherbridge, the District Elementary Librarian, met me and we set up my equipment for my talk with K through 6th grade. Having a little time to spare, she asked if I’d like to see the library. I think I may have done a little happy dance. I just LOVE peeking into libraries.
And it just so happens I love turtles, too! Isn’t this one adorable?!! Cindy said it was made by a local artist for their school.
I want one.
As the Hebron Station students ate their breakfast, I talked to them about the inspiration behind Cooper and Packrat’s adventures. We talked about camping, hiking, kayaking and how my photography is my research tool.
We talked about the behavior I’ve seen first hand ~ of loons, eagles, foxes, turtles and the subject of Cooper’s fourth adventure – bears.
They were an amazing audience with great connections and questions. The ooooohed and aaaaahed at all the right moments. I had so much fun answering their questions.
After my presentation, we talked to 4th, 5th and 6th graders about Cooper and Packrat’s Book Trailer Contest (open to all teachers and librarians, BTW) You can find out more about it here.
As I was packing up my equipment, students wandered over to talk to me about the contest. I reminded each one, they had my permission to use any and all photos on my website for this project. Some students talked to me about their own photographs, which would be even better! What amazing ideas they shared!
Over the next few days, Cindy and her colleagues will use this opportunity to put together a Book Trailer Boot Camp to teach students about copyright issues and how to use copyright free images in their creative works. Then the students will start brainstorming a plan . . . a script . . . and a book trailer.
I can’t wait to see what they create!
The Royal City Literary Arts Society (BC) is accepting entries for the RCLAS Write on! Contest. Three genres: fiction (1500 words max.), non-fiction (1500 words max.) and poetry. First prize in each genre: $100. Entry fee: $20 ($10 for members). Selected entrants published in RCLAS’ e-zine, Wordplay at Work. Deadline: April 1, 2016.
From the time I was a student myself, and through the twenty five years my children have attended school, I’ve always admired teachers and librarians. Working as an Ed Tech these last five years has only made me love them more. They put so much of themselves into their classrooms, their lesson plans and their relationships with students and peers. They quite often work late, and go into their classrooms on the weekends because it’s quieter then and they can accomplish more. They chaperon dances because their students ask them to. Teachers and librarians wipe tears, advise on friendships and counsel on “dating”. They create a writing club, coding club, guitar club, or sewing club, and give up their lunch time to oversee it . . . all because there seems to be an interest.
Me on the left and my best friend Holly, in sewing club.
Me on the left and Holly, learning to sew.
Sometimes, it’s the little things that impress me most, how they’ll personally buy books, paper, staples, or pencils for their room, because the budget has been frozen. And no, pencils aren’t expensive. Unless you go through 5 packs of 50 every three days.
More than anything, my author self enjoys meeting educators on their own turf, in their element, within their classrooms and libraries. I learn something new every time. Get inspired every time. Make new friends every time. And I always hope that I too, give back something every time.
But alas, the duties of my campground and my own teaching job, keep me from getting out into the educational world as much as I’d like. Even finding time to post on Facebook and Twitter can be challenging, especially if I want to get some writing done! I’m blessed to teach in a district which encourages me accept a few school visit invitations each year, and I take advantage of that. But I also don’t want to be away from my own students too often. They may be middle-schoolers, and they don’t often show it outright, but they miss me when I’m away.
Truth be told, I miss them, too.
So, I’m constantly searching for new and fun ways to connect with my readers and to support the educators who support them, without having to leave the classroom too often. And if I can include my own students and school in the process, it’s a win-win!
Recently, when Shannon introduced a book trailer project to our students, and we realized how much they were learning from the process, we had an ah-ha moment. What if we created a contest using book trailers? What if we tied it into the release of Cooper and Packrat’s third adventure? What if our students were judges?
And knowing how valuable books are to educators, what if the winning classroom received a set of Mystery of the Missing Fox?
I’ve created a special page for Cooper and Packrat’s Book Trailer Contest – so we could keep all comments and FAQ in one place. Islandport Press, Shannon, and I hope you’ll enter for a chance to win a classroom set of Mystery of the Missing Fox.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Lunch Ticket invites submissions from translators and authors of multi-lingual texts for the Gabo Prize for Translation. Prize: $200 plus publication. Poetry, prose, and bi/multi-lingual work accepted. Deadline: February 29, 2016.
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I am not reviewing How to Put Your Parents to Bed for a while, but don’t want you to miss the opportunity to WIN PAJAMAS to celebrate this new release from debut children’s author Mylisa Larsen and Babette Cole (HarperCollins, 978-0-06-232064-3). Open to US, Canada & Great Britain Mylisa Larsen’s tongue-in-cheek bedtime story about a role …
Entries are invited for the Craigleigh Press Poetry Contest. Three categories: Free verse, traditional verse, haiku. First prize in each category: $50. Entry fees: $5-$15. Deadline: April 30, 2016.
ArtAscent invites writing by international writers on the theme of “heat.” Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (900 words max.). Selected writers will be featured in the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, including an artist profile review. Entry fee: starting at $10. Deadline: February 29, 2016.
Entries open for The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize. Submit a book-length collection (120-160 pages or 50,000-60,000 words) of nonfiction essays: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account, etc. Prize: $1000, publication and 100 copies of the published collection, and distribution with other titles. Entry fee: $30. Deadline: March 1, 2016.
Entries are invited for the Vallum Chapbook Award 2016. Submit original and previously unpublished poetry chapbook submissions of 12-20 pages. Theme: Open. Prize: $125 plus publication. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: March 31, 2016.
The Banister (Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association) is holding their 31st annual poetry contest. First prize: $300. Open to residents of Ontario, Canada. Entry fee: $15 for 3 poems. Deadline: May 31, 2016.
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Short fiction and poetry entries are open for Grain Magazine’s 28th Annual Short Grain Writing Contest. First prize in each category: $1,000 ($4,500 in total prizes). Submit poetry (including prose poetry) up to 100 lines or short fiction (including postcard fiction) 2500 words max. Entry fee: $40-$60 (includes subscription). Deadline: April 1, 2016.