Teen Writing Prompt 835


Alexa opened her eyes and looked up at the blue cloudless sky. Her body ached. Her head felt like it was floating up in the sky. She sat up and looked around. She was in the middle of a grassy field that was covered in wildflowers.

What happened to Alexa? How did she end up in the field? Describe Alexa and what she does next.

Teen Writing Prompt 834


The winter storm brought in several feet of snow. Luckily there was lots of wood to keep the fire burning. We stocked up on food. Lots of it and there was plenty of water too.

When you looked out the window all you saw was white as the wind tossed the snow to and fro. As Hayden looked out the window she saw a figure approaching the door. She knew it couldn’t be here parents they told her that they were snowed in with her grandmother.

Who comes to the door? Is it friend or foe? Does Hayden open the door and it so what happens next?

Teen Book Review- Wonder by RJ Palacio


Wonder by RJ Palacio is the story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a young boy who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that creates facial abnormalities.  Over the years Auggie’s parents tried to give him a “normal life”  but after many surgeries Auggie’s face still stands out. People sneak looks and stare at him. Children are often afraid when they see his face. This is something Auggie never gets use to. In face it’s one of the things he fears the most when he meets people. He picks up on the different ways people react to seeing him but nothing can help him deal with the rejection he feels from the world around him. It’s Auggie’s first time going to school and even though it’s the first year of middle school for all the kids going to his New York Prep school this year is bound to be more difficult for Auggie and being around other kids is the last thing he wants but his mother thinks it’s time for Auggie to try to fit into the world.

During his first year of fifth grade, he gets a best friend, Jack but also makes an enemy of Julien a privileged, rich kid who is bent on making Auggie’s life a living hell. The book is very heart-warming and heart-breaking. Palacio doesn’t attempt to hide the cruelty that children can inflict on their peers and that’s what makes Auggie’s journey to accept himself so powerful. The book like the movie also centers on the lives of Via, Auggie’s older sister, Jack, and Miranda- other teens who are trying to find their place in the world.

It’s a wonderful study of character and beautifully written. Check it out. 

Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition (Poetry, Science-Fiction/Fantasy and Short Story)


Here’s the information for the poetry, science fiction/fantasy and short story categories. (This information was taken from the Scholastics Arts and Writing site)


Writing in verse. May include but is not limited to prose poetry, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word.

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 You are limited to 20–200 lines (total for the entire collection.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

This category includes writing that uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative.

All 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.

Your submission is limited to 500–3,000 words.

Short Story

A fictional narrative written in prose. You are limited to a submitting a story that is 500–3,000 words. If your story is Sci-Fi-Fi or fantasy then submit to that category. 

https://www.artandwriting.org for more information.

Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition (Novel Writing & Personal Essay/Memoir)


Novel Writing

To enter this category submit an excerpt from your novel that is no longer than 3,000 words as well as the completed novel in a PDF. Please include a brief summary of the entire novel. Below are the guidelines:

  1. Your submissions must be excerpted from completed manuscripts. Your submission must include a PDF of the full novel. The excerpt should not be longer than 3,000 words.
  2. Include brief summary (250 words or less) of the entire novel. The summary is meant to provide readers with an understanding of the full scope, themes, arc, and plot of your novel. The summary does not count toward the maximum word limit.
  3. Submissions must be uploaded to your student account at  registration page.
  4. Mail the form and fee to the address on the upper right hand corner of your submission from.
  5. You do NOT have to mail manuscripts with the form and fee.
  6. Your name and school must NOT appear on the submission.
  7. Adaptations of or sequels to existing published series are not accepted.

Personal Essay & Memoir

This category is a non-fiction category. The work must be a non-fiction work based on opinion, experience, and/or emotion that explores a topic or event.

Essays in which humor is the key element should be submitted to the humor category. There is a 500–3,000 words limit for your story. 

https://www.artandwriting.org for more information. 

Teen Writing Competition- Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition (Critical Essay and Dramatic Script)


Here are the guidelines for Critical Essay and the Dramatic Script categories

Critical Essay

Category Description ( from the Scholastics site)

Writing 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 Instructions

Sources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count. The word count is 500–3,000 words.

Dramatic Script

Category Description

Work that uses dialogue, action and stage direction to tell a story, including scripts for television, film, or stage.

Special Instructions

Excerpts can be submitted, but should be clearly labeled as excerpts. 500–3,000 words. If the script exceeds 3000 words, provide a 250-word summary and attach full script PDF.

Good luck! Be creative and have some fun! Deadlines for the New York area usually fall around mid December but check the website for exact dates.

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Teen Writing Competition (The Senior Portfolio)


The following is the information for the writing portfolio. This one is worth checking out. The grand prize is $10,000 bucks, a gold medal, and bragging rights.

Writing Portfolio

(For Graduating Seniors Only)

Category Description
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.

Graduating Seniors may submit up to two Writing Portfolios, but may not submit the same work in both portfolios.

Special Instructions
The word count for each piece submitted in a writing portfolio should adhere to the length limits listed in each individual category. The maximum length for a writing portfolio is 24,000 words (not including the writer’s statement).

  • The Writing Portfolio may include a writer’s statement. The statement should be at least 50 words and answer the following questions:
    • Why did you select the work you submitted for your Writing Portfolio?
    • How do you hope people will react when they read your work?
    • What role does writing play in your life?
  • Writer’s statements may be entered on the “Create Portfolio” page.
  • Work included in a portfolio may also be submitted in an individual category (i.e. Short Story, Critical Essay, etc.). You will be able to indicate if you want to submit a work a part of a portfolio only, an individual submission only, or both on your student dashboard.
  • Seniors may resubmit writing submitted to the Scholastic Awards in a previous year as part of their Writing Portfolio.
  • Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, in the title of your portfolio or the works included in the submission.
  • Novel Writing, Video Game Design, and Future New works cannot be included in portfolio submissions.

https://www.artandwriting.org for more information.

Teen Writing Competition- Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition


Now that the Young Arts Competition deadline has pasted it’s time to gear up or write up for the Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition. With 29 arts and writing categories there are lots of writing genres to choose from. The writing competitions are listed below: Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay Writing, Poetry, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Short Story.

For Seniors only. Writing Portfolio.

If you want to enter you must be between the ages of 13 and up and in grades 7 to 12 year old and enrolled in public, private or home school.

There are no prompts that you are required to respond to so select one of your best works and give it a try. I have lots of writing and picture prompt here on this blog for you to select from it you need any help.

Deadline: Vary you should check the site for more information.

Prizes: Gold, and Silver medals plus cash prizes up from $1000 to $10,000 for presidential scholars.

Go to https://www.artandwriting.org for more information. Good luck and happy writing!



Teen Book Review- The Institute by Stephen King



I just finished reading The Institute by Stephen King. As the story beings with Tim Jamieson, a disgraced cop from Florida gives up his seat on a plane heading towards New York in hopes of making a few bucks. Tim hitch hikes and takes a few jobs on the road until he ends up in the southern town of DuPray, South Carolina. He takes a job as a   night knocker at a local police station and decides to settle there for a while.  

Across the country in Minneapolis child prodigy, Like Ellis meets with a school counselor and plans to relocate with his parents to the east coast to attend MIT and Emerson. One night after celebrating, Luke’s plans come to a halt when armed assailants murder Luke’s parents in their sleep and kidnap him.

Like wakes up in a room that looks like his room but isn’t. He notices subtle clues, a rip in the corner of the poster on his wall, a few things out of place, along with the fact that unlike his room at home this room has no window. It’s there Like meets other children who share his predicament and “special skills” like his – telepathy or telekinesis. The children are subjected to a series of tests and tortured all in the hopes of enhancing their latent psychic abilities. Abilities that will be used for nefarious plans. 

King tells two parallel stories that eventually collide after the children decide to change their circumstances and take the control back.This book was exciting and takes you on an intriguing journey.  There are many characters and a few subplots that are woven together to create a brilliant story. King is truly a master of character and storytelling. I loved this book and so will you.

Teen Writing Tip


November is approaching and besides thinking about getting together with the fam and eating turkey why not add NaNoWriNo to your list? NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Writers take a shot at writing a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.

I have a new story that I am excited about writing so this year will be my first year at giving it a try. Why not join me and WRITE!.