Write a poem based on this picture.
Write a poem based on this picture.
I was visiting grandma over the summer. Jimmy, he pet poodle got away. She went running down the street when I was walking her. I took off as fast as I could. Suddenly, I heard the sirens ring and everyone running outside their homes and heading to their shelters. I was too far to head home so I figured I would so that the barn for shelter.
I held Jimmy in my arms as the walls were being ripped off one by one…
What happens next? Create a magical place that she travels to with Jimmy. Don’t place the place like Oz. Make it something else. What can that place be? What does it look like? Be creative and have some fun!
A series of 8 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing technique and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.
You can submit up to two portfolios but same work in both portfolios.
The maximum length for a writing portfolio is 24,000 words (not including the writer’s statement).
This was posted on the Scholastic Arts and Writing Website.
Category DescriptionWriting intended to inform or convince a reader about a specific idea or topic, such as art or media reviews, persuasive essays, opinion essays, etc.
Special InstructionsSources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count.
This competition is open to 7th to 12th graders who live in the US, Canada or attend a US school abroad. Foreign students attending a US school are also eligible.
Deadlines: Vary by region so check out the website for details.
Entry fee: $5 and $20 for a portfolio but you can apply for a fee waiver. Check the website. There are lots of details but it’s worth it.
For additional categories check out the website.
http://www.artandwriting.org/ for more information.
Category DescriptionHighly-focused stories characterized by brevity.
Special InstructionsPlease note word length for Flash Fiction compared to Short Story. Stories in which humor or science fiction/fantasy are key elements should be submitted in those respective categories.
Deadline: Varies please check the site for additional information.
http://www.artandwriting.org/ for more information. Good Luck!
Write a poem about each person in your family. I have an older sister, an older brother who I use to fight with all the time when we were kids, a twin sister who I had to share everything with, a younger sister, and of course my parents.
My parents knew each other when they were kids. And they still know their friends from childhood. It’s weird looking at old photos of them with their friends and seeing how everyone looks now.
My twin and I often blended into one person.
Although we were different people.
Shared birthday cakes, a shared tricycle, a shared car.
Shared space. Shared friends.
Two people blending into one.
Continue one by one writing short poems about each person. Be creative and have some fun!
Special InstructionsEach submission may consist of 1–5 poems, which will be judged as a collection. Students may submit more than one collection but must register each separately.
Special InstructionsAll work in which science fiction/fantasy is the key element should be submitted in this category. Do not base characters or plots on already published works (books, movies, comics, etc.). Works that are novel-length should be submitted to the Novel category.
Special InstructionsShort Stories in which humor or science fiction/fantasy are key elements should be submitted in those respective categories.
Fee: $5 for single entry or $20 for a portfolio. You can apply for a wavier.
Write a story about a character with a tattoo. What does the tattoo look like and why did your character decide to get a tattoo.
I remember when I first got it. I didn’t want to get the regular heart or flower. I remember how long I stood looking through the books. What do you choose when you know it’s going to last forever? I wanted to be strong. Stronger than I could ever be….
What tattoo does she select? What is this character dealing with? Be creative and have some fun!
It’s senior year and Keeley Hewitt has her heart set on kissing Jessie Ford, a boy she’s had a crush on since the 6th grade. The only problem is that their hometown of Aberdeen has been constantly flooded by a swelling river and an apocalyptic downpour of constant rain showers.
Things start to go her way after Keeley and her friends are called in volunteer to stack sandbags in hopes of stopping the river. Keeley and Jessie end up next to each other in the assembly line and the flirting begins although Keeley has no idea what to make of it, after all Jessie Ford is the cutest boy in the senior class and she’s pretty much invisible.
Without giving too much away this is a story about young romance and a story about self-discovery. I found this story very exciting an it tugged at my heart-strings. With so much of the summer still left why not add this one to your summer reading list.
NOTE: If selected as a Finalist, you will be required to perform your submitted materials live for the panel during YoungArts Week.
Guidelines for Recording your Video Audition
Before recording your pieces, film a test. Perform the first few lines of your piece, then watch and listen to it on playback. Check the following important things:
Intellectual Property and Copyright Requirements
Deadline October 13, 2017
Write a story about this place.