Author Archives: Teen Girls That Write

About Teen Girls That Write

Writer working on her first novel after years of writing screenplays. I want to give others the opportunity to start writing!

Writing Opportunities for Teens

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I am sure that you’ve seen the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Well, here’s a chance for you to submit a short story for consideration to be published. Check out the information below. I found this information in the Funds for Writers newsletter.

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CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: HOPE & MIRACLES
http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics
Seeking 101 inspirational stories of faith, answered prayers, and divine intervention. We want this book to be for everyone — whether religious or secular. Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. Pays $200 and 10 copies of the book. Articles must be nonfiction and under 1,200 words

Something to Think About

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It’s been a busy summer and I have really missed working on my blog. This year I hope to make a few exciting additions to my blog. I will start posting again soon. I hope this summer was filled with lots of writing and reading. There are many YA novels being made into films. I just saw The Giver this summer and the Maze Runner is going to be released this Fall. Why not run to the library and set a copy of this great YA teen novel.

The Fifth Wave is also being made into a film. Why not read these great novels before the movies are released. Oh one more thing. For those of you that enjoyed the Mortal Instrument Series there be a sequel to City of Bones.

 

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Writing Contest

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Here’s another writing contest I found in the Funds For Writers newsletter.

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REAL SIMPLE ESSAY CONTEST
http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/inspiration-motivation/second-annual-life-lessons-essay-contest-00000000013682/index.html
NO ENTRY FEE.
Have you ever had a eureka moment? Tell us about it. Think back on the instant when everything became clear. The split second when you realized that you had chosen the right career. Or the moment when you knew that your dearest friendship would last forever. Whether your epiphany changed your life or just made your day, write it down and share it with us. Enter Real Simple’s seventh annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple and receive a prize of $3,000. Send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document). Deadline September 18, 2014.

Writing Contest

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This writing contest was found in the FundforWriters newsletter.  I didn’t see an age limit so why not give it a shot?

THE MAINE REVIEW ROCKY COAST CONTEST
http://www.TheMaineReview.com
ENTRY FEE $10.
The Maine Review is a new literary magazine featuring creative nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, essays, and prose. Each cover is graced by the work of a Maine artist. Contest is open to all published and unpublished writers, and all submissions are considered for publication in the Fall 2014 issue. Maximum length of 1,500 words, 60 lines for poetry. Deadline September 15, 2014. First prize $150, second prize $50. All genres eligible for prizes.

The prize is $150.

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Teen Writing Tip

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I hope that all of you have kept up on your writing and meeting your goals for the summer. I slacked off and for that I am apologizing. I intended on blogging once a week but it was difficult keeping up this summer. I also have to admit that I haven’t reached my writing goal either. But there are two weeks left of summer break and this past week I have finally started working on my goal to complete my book.

If you’ve discovered that you haven’t been working on your goals. Just forgive yourself and start now. I will be working on weekly posts until the end of the summer. It may have a long road ahead to meet that goal but one step at a time will get you there.

 

Teen Writing Promot 673

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Clare could feel the panic rise inside her but she willed herself to stay calm. The air was heat and the temperature outside had climbed to 102 degrees. People are dying out there is she thought. And I’ll be next if I don’t do something. She had no weapon. Nothing to defend herself with but then again why should she? she was sixteen and at summer camp. Zombies aren’t real she once told herself after watching a zombie marathon with her best friend Becca. Sometimes something you never expected to happen could happen. Like Gabe kissing her the other night.
“Stop thinking that,” she whispered. “God I’m the only person who would think about making out when there are 100 zombies surrounding this cabin.”

Teen Book Review – City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare is the sixth and final book in the Mortal Instruments series. In this book Clary, Jace, Simon and Isabella team up to stop Sebastian from setting demons loose on the world. Sebastian has turned Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter by using the Immortal Cup to transform Shadowhunters into the “Endarkened” a group of soulless Shadowhunters who are ruled by Sebastian. The Endarkened attack Alciante, the home of Shadowhunters and during the battle lots of lives are lost. One thing about this book that I really enjoyed is that lots of unexpected things occurred.

What can I say this series was exciting as the first books. New characters are introduced and there are lots of surprises. Exciting, thrilling and work the over 700 page read. Enjoy!

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Teen Writing Prompt 672

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Write a scene where one character wants to leave a location and the other wants to stay. Set up the scene and think about the characters backgrounds. This is a great exercise that will help you create compelling dialogue.

Why would your character want to stay? Does you character have a horrible home life? Are they afraid of walking home alone? Or maybe your character is lonely and needs someone to talk to. Think about where this scene could take place.

Be creative and have some fun!

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Teen Mentor Program

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Here is a teen mentorship program I found in the Foundation Center Arts Funding Watch newsletter.

YoungArts Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Young Artists Prize

The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (between the ages of 15 and 18 or in grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue a career in the arts.

To that end, YoungArts is accepting applications for its 2015 prize cycle. Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d’Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones, and Martin Scorsese. In addition, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country’s highest honor for young artists.

Each year up to seven hundred students are selected from across the country as national winners. Each winner will receive a grant of up to $10,000, have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs, and partake in master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances, and exhibitions.

Application materials must be received no later than October 17, 2014. Applicants will receive notification of their status via email by the end of November and written confirmation by the end of December.

Citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories between the ages of 15 and 18 on December 1, 2014, or in grades 10-12, may apply. International students who are studying in the U.S. on a student visa are eligible to apply.  YoungArts reserves the right to extend eligibility on a case-by-case basis, provided the applicant’s birth date falls within ninety days before or after the designated guidelines.

 

What’s Your Teen Summer Read?

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If you remember City of Bones was the first book in this series. The movie didn’t do well but the book series is outstanding. don’t let the movie’s failure deter you from reading the books. Here’s where the last book left off. There was a great defeat against the shadowhunters and many of them were killed after Sebastian planned and successfully executed a surprise attack on their city. To make things worst Jace is now evil and being controlled by Sebastian and all hope seems to be lost. Regardless Clary and Simon must find a way to stop him and save the world from evil. Sounds exciting? I bet it will be.