The movie just opened last weekend and here I am reading the second book in the Maze Runner trilogy, The Scorch Trials. Of course I have to read the book before the movie comes out. It’s difficult keeping up with my reading list because many YA novels are being made into movies. I just read that The Fifth Wave, Unwound, and The Bone Season are all being made into films.
And of course Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent trilogy is also being made into a movie. So far this book is very good. New characters are introduced and we are discovering more about the power of Wicked. I think this series is really helping me understand how to develop a series. I think the key is keeping some of the old characters from the first novel and adding new characters with developed story lines in the next book. I have read only a few pages and I am already hook. I’ll write a review by the end of the week.
There were coming for me that’s one thing I was sure about. They took my best friend Tia and a few kids from school. People figured that they ran away but I knew different. And now because I know what they are they will be coming for me too…
Finish the story. Who is coming for this character? what’s her name? Does anyone else know the truth? Have some fun with this one.
Hey everyone it’s that time of year again! The Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition is underway. The Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition is a competition where students can win medals and cash awards in various areas of the arts. Some of the categories are jewelry, ceramics, drawing, painting, media arts, film, and writing. Just about any area of the arts you could imagine is open.
Poetry, short story, memoir, journalism, science fiction, fantasy, humor, flash fiction, critical essay are some of the writing categories.
I can’t get into the details of the requirements here but you should check out the website for more information. Submissions for the 2015 has just opened. The deadline is in December. Go to http://www.artandwriting.org/ for more information.
Young Arts is a teen mentorship program where teens are selected to receive master classes and up to $10,000 in awards. There are many discipline that teens may be work in. Here are a few of the areas: music, theater, visual arts, cinematic arts, writing. There’s lots of information about how to apply on the website. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity not only to take classes with people like Quincy Jones and Joshua Bell but the program allows teens to make professional contacts with award-winning mentors in the arts. Some of these mentors have won Grammys and performed on Broadway.
Why not take a stop forwards achieving your dreams of working in the arts and go for it?!!!
Here’s a link.
Here’s another opportunity to write a short story for the Chicken Soup series. This time submissions should focus on following your dreams or finding your passions.
CHICKEN SOUP: TIME TO THRIVE
If you have a story about taking time to thrive, i.e. pursuing a passion, finding your purpose, improving your wellbeing, or if you realized it was time to thrive and you did something about it, we want to hear from you. If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it. Deadline December 31, 2014.
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.
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: HOPE & MIRACLES
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
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.
Here’s another writing contest I found in the Funds For Writers newsletter.
REAL SIMPLE ESSAY CONTEST
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.
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
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.
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.