Friday, December 19, 2014

Poetry Contest--150 words. 500 dollars. You in? The rewards are publication, cash prizes, winners' certificates, and valuable training in disciplined writing. If you like writing poetry for children and contests, read on...
500 Dollar Grand Prize, Poetry Contest. Over 1,000 dollars in cash prizes--and get published too! Enter Contest Here. Dear Writer,
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 poem or verse story in this Poetry Contest will be published in the March 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 Poetry Contest, submit a single poem, verse story, or collection of poems for children of any age, to 150 words. Entries may be serious or humorous and take any poetic form.    
     Winners will be selected based on the quality of the verse—including rhythm, meter,word choice, word-play, imagery, and the use of other poetic devices (rhyme, alliteration, assonance, or others). Above all, the winning entires will have appeal for children.   
Entries must be received by February 14, 2015
     Entrants pay a reading 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 March eNews newsletter. 
     You may enter multiple entries, 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 February 14th deadline! Be sure to get your entry in on time.
      Now warm up your computer and write a poem that a child will enjoy and win $500!
      Get published. Get paid. Good luck!
      Please click here to enter. You’ll need your Account Number to enter; it is 011879B.
Enter Contest
      Judy Brunstad

P.S.  As someone who has reviewed writing competitions for many years, I can tell you that nothing hurts an entry more than exceeding the word limit. Don’t fall out of the running because of this easy-to-meet spec. This contest limit is 150 words. Please remember to count your words before you submit your entry!

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