Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Writing to an editor’s specifications is the first hurdle that any writer must clear on the track to publication.
      Yet we hear repeatedly from editors that the majority of manuscripts they receive do not match their guidelines and specifications.
      That’s a huge waste of time and energy for both writers and editors.
      Writing contests also have exact specifications, and that’s why we encourage all writers to enter contests as often as they can. Contests are excellent professional training experiences.

Get published and read by others 
      A winning entry can get you published, and often some healthy prize money too.
      The winning stories in this Kindergarten Story Contest will be published in the January eNews newsletter.
      In addition, we will publish the winning entries our website.
Win one of five cash prizes
      The contest offers five cash prizes: $500 for the winner, $250 for second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places. These alone are a lot of good reasons to write and enter.
      To enter our Kindergarten Contest, submit a fiction or nonfiction story about family, friends, life, play, or school—really anything—for ages 5 to 6, up to 150 words. The story should be appropriate for kindergarteners who are just learning to read on their own. It should be fun, use appropriate vocabulary and syntax, and be interesting to youngest readers.
     Please take care to not write too high for this age group. Know what a five- or six-year-old can and cannot read. Originality and the overall quality of writing will be important. Publishability is the ultimate criterion.
Entries must be received by November 7, 2014
     Entrants pay an entry fee of $15, which includes a six-month subscription to Children’s Book Insider newsletter and a six-month membership in the writer’s community CBI Clubhouse. Winners will be announced in the January eNews newsletter. 
     You may enter multiple manuscripts, but please use an entry form and enclose a $15 reading fee for each one. 
      The contest’s rules are important. Please read them very carefully. 
      Note the November 7th deadline! Be sure to get your entry in on time.
      Now warm up your computer and write a $500-winning story a Kindergarten reader would love to read.
      Get published. Get paid. Good luck!
      Please click here to enter. You’ll need your Account Number to enter; it is 011879B.
Enter Contest

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