Write a short story about a character with the name Winter. Describe her like the season she’s named after. What does she look like? What is her personality like? What are her hopes and dreams and what kind of challenges does she encounter on her journey?
What are her friends like? Challenge yourself and have them take on at least one aspect of the season.
Be creative and have some fun!
Long Way Down is a unique book that turns poetry into prose. It tells the story of Will, a 15 year old African-American teenager, living in a place where people live by three rules. Rules that keep you safe and a also get you killed.
The story starts off when Will’s brother, Shawn is murdered. Will struggles with trying to deal with the loss of his big brother and following the rules most people where he lives feels compelled to follow at any cost. The rules are plain and simple, don’t cry, don’t snitch, and get revenge.
Will retreives a gun out of his brother’s secret drawer and takes the elevator down to meet this fate and get revenge. Along the way down, he encounters the ghosts of family and friends who lost their lives to gun violence. Their stories force him to make a choice about his decision.
Long Way Down is a special book that is beautifully written and not only opens the world of poetry, making it more accessible to people who have never connected to poetry. It’s an engaging story that will capture you as soon as you read the first page.
#Jason Reynolds #YA #poetry
If you’re more into writing short stories here are the guidelines for the short story submissions for the Young Arts Mentorship Program.
- Two (2) separate pieces of writing.
- Total submission not to exceed 20 pages.
- Submissions must be in English. If words or phrases in another language are used, translations must be included
I hope you take time to enter this competition. It’s a GREAT opportunity! Take a share and go for your dream.
For more information go to Youngarts.org
Deadline: mid October
Okay, I thought I start breaking it all down for you. If you’re a crate nonfiction writer here the the guidelines required for your submission for creative nonfiction.
- Two separate pieces of writing no longer than 20 pages.
- You can submit a memoir, creative essay or something autobiographical.
- Submissions must be in English but if a portion is in another language a translation must be available.
The link below connects you to the downloadable pdf file with additional guidelines for your submission.
Go to Youngarts.org for more information.
Deadline: Mid October 2019
Are you ready for a chance of a lifetime? Why not give the Young Arts Mentorship Program a shot! Young Arts is a mentorship opportunity for students who have a passion for the arts. Below are the categories for writing.
CREATIVE NONFICTION, NOVEL, PLAY OR SCRIPT, POETRY, SPOKEN WORD, SHORT STORY
The application period has opened and now it’s time for you to take the opportunity of a lifetime. The mentorship program also includes performing arts ( dance, theater, music (classical and Jazz) plus vocal and instrumental music) cinematic arts, photography, design, and of course several writing categories. You have to be between 15 to 18 years old enter.
What’s in it for you?
- Prizes: Up to $10,000 in prizes
- Master classes with accomplished artists
- Become eligible for a nomination for a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
- A Lifetime of mentorship
- National recognition
Deadline is mid October. For more details and to hear excepts from past winners go to http://www.youngarts.org for more information.
Take a chance and apply! Be fearless! Good luck!
This book isn’t YA, but there are so many books that aren’t YA that’s worth reading and Born an Crime by Trevor Noah is one of them. With that said, I believe that EVERYONE needs to read this incredible book. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is a riveting biography about his life coming of age in South Africa. It tells Trevor’s story of growing up during and after the end of the apartheid regime, a system of government that oppressed blacks in South Africa for many years. Black people were treated like animals and forced to live on a small piece of inhabitable land, received little or no education, were unemployment or barely made enough to survive, and suffered countless hardships.
This book doesn’t focus on the hardships that Trevor and blacks endured, instead, it’s a story of survival when all odds are stacked against you. Trevor also focuses on his relationship with his mother, a devout Christian who broke rules in order to give him the best chance at having the opportunities he needed to become successful.
It the story about a young boy who didn’t fit in anywhere because he was the product of an interracial relationship when such relationships were illegal and punishable by imprisonment. In spite of all the challenges, Trevor’s mother fought against racism, and gender inequality refusing to allow any to define who she was supposed to be and through it all Trevor recounts many crazy stories of how he bucked the system and became the a huge success.
It was INCREDIBLE! I’m sure you’ll love it just as such as I did.