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Deadline: September 30, 2017! Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2017

28 September 2017

LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES!

THE DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is international, and open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone! Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write short story, 5 pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme. Genres: fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Multiple poem and short story entries are accepted. (www.dreamquestone.com)

Postmarked deadline: All entries must be submitted by:

September 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM – Central Standard Time (CST)

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500;

Second: $250; Third: $100.

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Poetry First Prize: $250;

Second: $125;

Third: $50.

All contest winners works will be published online in the Dare to Dream pages, on November 12, 2017.

Entry fees:$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries by mail: Include title of poem(s) or stori(es), name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself) on the coversheet; add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation.

Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to: Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

 

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter now!

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Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Summer 2017

7 May 2017

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction or creative non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: August 15, 2017

All contest winners will be announced on October 16, 2017

Prizes:

Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

$10 per story, $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

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Call for Entries! Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest – Deadline: June 1, 2017

6 May 2017

Arizona Mystery Writers is proud to announce our annual short story contest for ages 15+.

2017 Arizona Mystery Writers Annual Jim Martin Memorial Short Story Contest for ages 15+

(entry fee $15, Prizes: 1st=$200, 2nd=$100, 3rd=$75)

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2017

~AND~

For all contest rules and entry forms,

Visit the website:

http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1449

Contact email:amwcontest@gmail.comwith questions.

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2017 Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Writing Contest

8 April 2017

“REGISTER HERE”to Participate!

DEAR PARENTS & TEACHERS!

Think you know a child who is 10 to 16 years of age (residing in the US, Canada, and the UK) who could write a wonderful story in 1,500 words or less? 

If the answer is “yes”, then this is a great opportunity for him/her to show his/her talent and get a chance to get published.

Prizes

$3,000 worth of prizes including: $1,500 in cash ($750 in each category) and In-person creative writing classes valued at $1,500, held in NC, Cary.

Categories

1) Online Only: Short stories can be submitted online. There is no expectation to be at venue physically.

2) On-The-Spot: Free event, but requires you to participate in the “Online Only” category as well. A range of themes are going to be announced at the venue (Cary, NC). Participants in this free category must participate in Online Contest as well.

Publishing

Top 15 stories will be published on Amazon.com and Kindle through Lune Spark Books’ independent publishing.

Online-Only (Category A) Participants

  • Register for the Online-Only (Category A) ticket, Price: $15.00 per entry.
  • You must send us your story by May 12, 2017 by email or by normal post.
  • Email: Send your story in word, txt, or PDF format to youngwriters@lunespark.com. Please include following information in the email:
    • “2017 story contest” in the subject of the email.
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of May 20, 2017) at the top of the email.
    • Your ticket order number generated at the time of registration (to help us map the stories to orders)
  • Regular Mail: We prefer to get the stories on email, but if you wish to send your entries via regular mail, your entry(s) should reach us by May 12, 2017 at this address: Lune Spark Books, PO Box 1443, Morrisville, NC 27560, US. Please make sure your mail is a regular/normal mail (not certified/ registered mail) – to avoid it returning back from you by the post office. Please include following information at the top of first page of your story:
    • “2017 story contest” .
    • The full name & age of the contestant (as of May 20, 2017).
    • Your ticket order number generated at the time of registration (to help us map the stories to orders)

On-The-Spot (Category B) Participants

  • The On-The-Spot contest isfree, but requires participation in Online-Only contest as a pre-requisite. You must register for both the categories: the Online-Only (Category A) as well as free On-The-Spot (Category B) by registering for both tickets.
  • The judging for both the categories is completely isolated. Your respective entries for both the categories will be considered separately. In other words, by registering in both the categories, you have a chance to be a winner in both.
  • For mailing your stories for Online-Only contest, please follow the instructions in the Online-Only category.
  • On-The-Spot contest will be held on following venue on May 20, 2017, between 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Make sure you are at the venue by 12:15 PM latest.
  • Venue address for the free On-The-Spot Contest: Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Pl, Cary, NC 27513.
  • Please bring the electronic or print copies of your free On-The-Spot ticket as well as your Online-Only ticket.
  • The participants will be provided with notebook and pens/ pencils. You don’t have to bring anything with you unless participant wants to use his/ her personal favorite notebook or pen.
  • Water and light refreshments will be available during the event. The participants can have as many breaks as needed–as long as fellow participants are not disturbed.
  • Schedule:
    • 11:30 AM: Gathering/ seating starts.
    • 11:30 AM: The themes to pick from for the stories are posted on the Easel Signs/ screens.
    • 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Talks on short story writing
    • 12:15 PM – 12:25 PM: Rules of the contest
    • 12:25 PM – 12:30 PM: Announcement of the winners for Online-Only Contest
    • 12:30 PM – 03:30 PM: Short Story Contest – write your heart’s content out 🙂

Click here for the full eligibility criteria and rules for the contest.

Click here to visit the profiles of the judges.

Click here to visit the organizers.

Click here for the full event website with a page to contact the organizers.

“REGISTER HERE”TO PARTICIPATE!

 

Have questions about 2017 Lune Spark Young Writers’ Short Story Writing Contest? Contact Lune Spark Books

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The Radiant Peace Education Awards

30 October 2016

Fall 2016 (Twenty-sixth Annual)

All students in grades 1-8 — from public and private schools, home schools, youth and after-school groups, and abroad — are welcome to enter the Fall 2016 national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards®! The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects.

This year’s entries must be postmarked by December 7, 2016, with winners being announced in January 2017. All participants receive beautiful iron-on Radiant Peace Patches, and outstanding entries will also receive certificates and cash awards! Winner’s classrooms will also receive cash awards. In addition, many of the most creative or exceptional entries will be displayed in The International Museum of Radiant Peace.

Printable information is available here in PDF format: the complete packet of information (4 pages), which includes the guidelines, permission form and entry checklist; and the permission form and checklist only for submitting entries (2 pages). If you have any questions or need copies faxed or mailed, please contact the Foundation office.

The next program, open to students in grades 1-12, will be offered with a spring 2017 postmark deadline. Materials will be posted online by the end of January. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact the Foundation office to ensure that you receive an announcement.

Visit the website:

http://www.radiantpeace.org/trpea/invitation.html

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Essay Writing Contest by Custom-Writing.org

23 September 2016

Custom-Writing.org awards scholarships of $1800 in total to the most vivid, versatile, and talented writers in our upcoming Essay Writing Contest.

  • The Essay Writing Contest starts on October 10, 2016, and lasts for two months.
  • Any student, regardless of academic level and location of studies, can participate.
  • Three winners will receive prizes totaling $1800.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST 2016

The aim of the Essay Writing Contest is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their writing talents and win an award for them.

Our Essay Writing Contest is not only about finding people who can write well. Indeed, the aim of the contest is to identify individuals who have both critical thinking and writing skills. The 2016 Essay Writing Contest focuses on two aspects:

  • The ability to think critically
  • The ability to express thoughts clearly and logically

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

There are no strict requirements for participants. Custom-Writing.org requires the following:

  • Participants must be students of any educational institution in any location. Academic level and major do not matter.
  • Each student must write an essay on one of three given topics that fulfills all instructions and submit it before the deadline to contest@custom-writing.org.
  • Participants must share this post on their Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts and attach screenshots to prove it when submitting the essay.
  • By submitting an entry, students agree to the terms and conditions of the contest and acknowledge that the choice of the judges is final.

WHY PARTICIPATE

Scholarships of $1800 in total will be awarded to the best three essay writers:

1st place — $800

2nd place — $600

3rd place — $400

Winners get more than just significant cash prizes—their talent will be recognized by our proficient writers and editors, and their works will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ESSAY SUBMISSION

Participants must follow all instructions to be eligible to win the contest.

  1. Write one essay on one of following three topics:
  • Why do you think it is important for students to improve their essay writing skills?
  • How can having less homework help improve learning?
  • Are the requirements of academic writing too strict? Should writing be simpler for students?
  1. Essay requirements:
  • Has a word count of 450 – 650 words (excluding footnotes, bibliography, title page, and article title)
  • Is written in US English
  • Contains no plagiarism
  • Has a file name of “Essay Writing Contest_Last Name”
  • Is submitted in .doc or .docx format
  • Has a bibliography that lists two or more peer-reviewed sources and no sources older than five years
  • Uses the APA formatting style

Please note that to be accepted, your essay must contain all required elements of APA formatting style:

  • Title page formatted correctly
  • Header with running head and page numbers on each page
  • References page

Send your completed essay to contest@custom-writing.org by the deadline given below. Late submissions will not be accepted.

ESSAY WRITING CONTEST SCHEDULE

Start of Essay Writing Contest — October 10, 2016

Duration — 2 months

Final deadline for submission — midnight EST on December 10, 2016

Winners announcement — January 20, 2017

GRADING CRITERIA

Each participant can earn 100 points in total.

All works will be checked by the team of professional writers and editors at Custom-Writing.org.

Review the grading criteria below to make your essay perfect:

  • Correct APA style — 20 points
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation— 20 points
  • Focused content — 20 points
  • Clear expression of thought and style — 20 points
  • Strong organization — 20 points

ONLINE VOTING

On December 28, 2016, the best 15 essays will be published on the Custom-Writing Blog, where readers will have the opportunity to help us determine the three winners.

Each reader will be able to vote for his or her favorite essay by sharing it only once on each social media account: Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Online voting will last until midnight EST on January, 18, 2017.

Taking into consideration the results of online voting and the grades from our expert writers and editors, we will determine the final three winners of the Essay Writing Contest.

AWARDS

Winners will be announced on January 20, 2017, on the Custom-Writing Blog.

To receive a prize, winners must provide proof of enrollment. In case the winner is unable to provide proof of enrollment, the prize will be given to the next eligible participant.

Visit the website:http://custom-writing.org/blog/essay-writing-contest-by-custom-writing-org

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Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

13 July 2016

Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

Teen Ink has no staff writers; we depend completely on you to send writing, art, and photos. There is no charge to submit or be published. All submissions will be considered for publication in Teen Ink’s print magazine and website.

Read guidelines & FAQ:

  • All submissions of writing and artwork will be considered for publication in our monthly print magazine and on TeenInk.com, and are also automatically entered into any relevant contests.
  • Teen Ink has no deadlines. We accept submissions year round. If, however, you are sending work that is holiday-specific, please submit it at least two months ahead.
  • You must be 13 to 19 years old to be a TeenInk.com user, post your work online, and/or be published in Teen Ink magazine.
  • Requesting anonymity. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, please check the anonymous box when submitting your work. We will respect your request and not publish your name in print or online, but we must still have accurate name and address information for every user.
  • All materials submitted become the property of Teen Ink. By submitting your work to us, you are giving Teen Ink and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to Teen Ink retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Teen Ink is copyrighted by the Young Authors Foundation, Inc.
  • Plagiarism. Teen Ink has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. We check the originality of all published work through WriteCheck.
  • Do not include last names, names of schools and names of cities/towns in your submission.

How to submit, visit:http://www.teenink.com/submit

Attention: Have something to say about the upcoming Presidential election? We want to hear it! Send us your election articles now for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue of Teen Ink: teenink.com/submit

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Teen Ink Contests for teens

11 April 2016

Cover Art Contest

Send your best photo or artwork and it could be published on the cover of Teen Ink magazine.

Nonfiction Contest

Two winners selected every month out of the following nonfiction sections: Nonfiction, Focus/Special Issue, College Essays, Heroes, Pride & Prejudice, Health, What Matters, and Sports.

Poetry Contest

Are you the next Maya Angelou or e.e. cummings? Serious, funny, long or short – send us your poems today! One winner selected each month!

Fiction Contest

Fairy tales, sci-fi, horror, romance – short stories galore!
Entries of all kinds are accepted throughout the year.

Travel & Culture Contest

Hiking in Yosemite. Strolling through Paris. Celebrating Chinese New Year – describe your latest cultural adventures at home or abroad.

Environment Contest

Hybrid cars? Required recycling? Tell us about a problem facing the planet … and about your solutions and ideas. Winners selected annually.

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The Radiant Peace Education Awards Spring 2016 (The Twenty-sixth Annual)

6 March 2016

All students in grades 1-12 — from public and private schools, home schools, youth and after-school groups, and abroad — are welcome to enter the spring 2016 national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards®! The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects.

This year’s entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2016, with winners being announced around May 18, 2016. All participants receive beautiful iron-on Radiant Peace Patches, and outstanding entries will also receive certificates and cash awards! Winner’s classrooms will also receive cash awards. In addition, many of the most creative or exceptional entries will be displayed in The International Museum of Radiant Peace.

Printable information is available here in PDF format: the complete packet of information (5 pages), which includes the guidelines, permission form and entry checklist; and the permission form and checklist only for submitting entries (2 pages). If you have any questions or need copies faxed or mailed, pleasecontact the Foundation office.

The next program will be offered with a December 2016 postmark deadline. Materials will be posted online in the fall. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact the Foundation office to ensure that you receive an announcement.

Visit the website for details:http://www.radiantpeace.org/trpea/invitation.html

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Last call! DreamQuestOne Writing Competition

14 January 2016

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is international, open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! Welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:

Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, short screenplays and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or legibly hand printed.

Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: All electronic and postal mail entries must be sent off before or on January 31, 2016 by 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Yes, there is still time to send your wonderful poems and short stories to enter now!

All winners will be announced on March 17, 2016

Prizes(USD):

Writing First Prize is $500. Second: $250. Third: $100.

Poetry First Prize is $250. Second: $125. Third: $50.

Entry fees(USD): $5 per poem, $10 per story

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, mailing address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654

Visithttp://www.dreamquestone.comfor details on how to enter!

 

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One

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The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.

9 January 2016

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The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.

The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.

Essays must be under 500 words.

There are three essay topics to choose from:

Target 1. Saturn’s rings and three moons: Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas

Target 2. Jupiter, as seen from a billion miles away

Target 3. Saturn’s moon, Tethys, passing behind Rhea (27-frame movie)

Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft. What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?

The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.

For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/1lPEmxn

The contest deadline is Friday, February 26, 2016.

All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if homeschooled). If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.

All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation. U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.

For questions about the contest or to sign up for the contest’s email distribution list, contact scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov Good luck!

Visit the website:http://go.nasa.gov/1lPEmxn

Dream World Defenders Call-To-Write Challenge

23 April 2015

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Entry Fees

No entry fee.

Prizes

Publication in a collaboration book.

Description

Award-Winning Author Kathleen J. Shields is proud to announce her highly anticipated “Dream World Defenders” chapter book for ages 8 and up. At the end of the book she included a ‘Call to Write’ for all children in hopes that they would use their highly active imaginations to end the story. She had hoped this would be an excellent creative writing assignment for classrooms, but Erin Go Bragh Publishing Company has taken that dream a step further.

We call it the Dream World Defenders Call to Write Challenge – and we are encouraging readers ages 8-15 to finish the story and submit it to us for publication.

Step 1: Read Dream World Defenders (paperback or ebook)

Step 2: Write Your Own Ending (short story no more than 1500 words)

Step 3: Submit it and your signed release with parent’s permission to Erin Go Bragh Publishing

At the end of the year, Erin Go Bragh Publishing will combine the best stories into a collaboration book via ebook and print so every child can see their name and story published. Each author will receive a link to download their free e-book. Print books must be purchased. There is no entry fee or charge for publication. Author retains all rights to their story. No purchase required.

Guidelines:

Age Range: 8-15
Word Count: 500 – 1500
Deadline: December 15, 2015
Language: English only
Permission: Must have Parents Permission

Submissions:

• Must begin at the end of the last chapter and must include the characters in the book.
• Profanity, violence, crimes and death will instantly be rejected.
• Story must be submitted as doc or txt file provided digitally. No PDFs or hand written pages.
• Please supply a title to your story.
• Contest open to all US residents, age 8-15.
• Minors must have parent’s permission.

Learn more at:  http://www.eringobraghpublishing.com/challenge.html

Contact Information

Erin Go Bragh Publishing
Learn more at: http://www.eringobraghpublishing.com/challenge.html

Website

http://www.eringobraghpublishing.com/challenge.html

The Radiant Peace Education Awards 2015

2 March 2015

The Radiant Peace Education Awards

Spring 2015 (The Twenty-fifth Annual)

All students in grades 1-12 — from public and private schools, home schools, youth and after-school groups, and abroad — are welcome to enter the spring 2015 national program of The Radiant Peace Education Awards®! The Radiant Peace Education Awards program gives students an opportunity to express themselves about Radiant Peace in their own lives in essays, art, videos and projects.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2015,

with winners being announced around May 18, 2015. All participants receive beautiful iron-on Radiant Peace Patches, and outstanding entries will also receive certificates and cash awards! Winner’s classrooms will also receive cash awards. In addition, many of the most creative or exceptional entries will be displayed in The International Museum of Radiant Peace.

Printable information is available here in PDF format: the complete packet of information (5 pages), which includes the guidelines, permission form and entry checklist; and the permission form and checklist only for submitting entries (2 pages). If you have any questions or need copies faxed or mailed, please contact the Foundation office.

The next program will be offered with a December 2015 postmark deadline. Materials will be posted online in the fall. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact the Foundation office to ensure that you receive an announcement.

Visit the website for details: http://radiantpeace.org/trpea/invitation.html

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CALLING FOR SUBMISSIONS – CHILDREN STORIES WANTED

18 January 2015

Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal

for kids of all ages
http://soapstonecreekjournal.com/

Bi-monthly Print Journal for Children of all Ages
Debuting May 2015

$25 (6 issues) USA
$35 (6 issues) Canada & Other Countries
WE ACCEPT PAYPAL OR CHECK OR MONEY ORDER PAYABLE TO
RIVERCITY TODAY/PRESS

Current Needs
Fiction: Short Stories for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)
Essays for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)
Poetry for children, all ages (Up to 20 lines)
We accept stories by children (Parents Signature Form Upon Request)
Artwork by students: 8 1/2 x 11 original pictures by students
Photos (no more than 6 per submission)

Manuscript Format: WORD, Double Spaced, Attachment – cover letter in the body of the email.
Please include name, contact info and brief bio with all submissions. Pay is in copies. Journal Size: 8 1/2 x 11

Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal
for kids of all ages

Visit the website for submissions details:

http://soapstonecreekjournal.com/

Email:soapstonecreekjournal@gmail.com

http://soapstonecreekjournal.com/
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2014 Kids Write 4 Kids – Creative Challenge

31 December 2014

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Kids Writing Contest – Open to Canadian Residents

Kids Write 4 Kids is excited to launch its third annual writing contest!  This year, we are seeking out students in grades 4 to 8 share their creative stories. Selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book.

Over the last two years our panel of judges have selected six authors. Each author has their ebook available on iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Click here to take a look at some of the previously published Kids Write 4 Kids ebooks. The selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book, and proceeds from its sale will go to support the author’s school. E-books are sold for $3.99 and net proceeds for all KW4K books sold in 2015 will be donated to the school(s) of this year’s author. Entries are accepted online only. View complete contest rules and download Kids Write 4 Kids brochure.

ENTRY DETAILS

  • To be eligible, authors must be enrolled full-time in an educational institute in Canada
  • Authors must be in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8
  • Stories must be original and written entirely by the author
  • Only one entry per author will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories)
  • Stories are accepted in English only
  • Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry
  • Stories will be published in their original format, so please check spelling, etc. prior to submitting
  • There are no entry fee and no purchase is necessary

WORD COUNT

  • Story must have a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 7,500 words.
  • The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those captions for illustrations or photography.
  • Invented spelling is accepted.

FILE FORMAT AND SUBMISSION

  • Story must be typed and submitted as Word .doc
  • Optional images including photography can be submitted to accompany the story but must be original images created by the author
  • All images must be scanned and submitted in .jpg file format
  • Please keep original copies of images, if your story is selected a representative from Ripple Digital Publishing will contact you to obtain original images

SUBMISSION

Submission deadline: March 31, 2015.
Only entries submitted on this online form will be considered for publication.

– See more at:http://www.ripplepublishing.ca/kids-write-4-kids/#sthash.fZ8hLa0x.dpuf

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash!

19 November 2014

Share Your Driving Stories and Earn Cash!
Safe2Drive is seeking true stories about your experiences as a new or young driver to be published in our driver education course and textbook. We want to hear from teens about what it’s really like out there on the road. What experiences challenged you? Changed you? Scared you straight? Made you proud of your defensive driving skills?
Below are some of the topics you may choose to write about, though you are not required to write about any of these topics as long as your story is related to driving.

• Getting your permit or license
• Challenges or fears you faced when you first started driving
• Mistakes you made or witnessed while driving
• Aggressive driving or road rage
• Drinking and driving
• Texting and driving
• Being distracted while behind the wheel
• A time you did or did not use IPDE
• An accident caused by tailgating or not using proper space management
• Giving the right-of-way correctly/incorrectly
• Parallel parking
• Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles or vulnerable roadway users
• Vehicle breakdowns or malfunctions
• Taking a road trip

Writing Guidelines:
• Your story must be written in the first person and be about you.
• Your story must be true. No fictional accounts.
• Your story must be between 250-1,200 words.

Writing Tips:
• Make it a story—something funny, exciting, or scary—that readers can relate to. We are not looking for an essay with a thesis or a journalistic article that you would see in a newspaper. This should feel personal.
• Try incorporating dialogue and descriptions of the people and setting to draw the reader in and make them feel like they are really there, experiencing this along with you. Try evoking the five senses.
• Think about having a beginning, middle, and end to the story. In the beginning, you should introduce the setting (i.e. time and place).
• Start as close to the main action/event as possible.
If Your Story is Chosen
If we choose your story for publication in our course, we will notify you by email and request your permission to publish it. You will be paid $100 for all rights to your work. You may use a pen name if you do not feel comfortable using your real name.

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2015

Please submit your story to: safe2drive1@gmail.com

Visit the website:http://www.safe2drive.com/

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International Children’s Story Competition 2014 Are you the next star of children’s literature?

19 April 2014

Find out by entering this year’s international children’s story competition run by Inclusive Works, Kazdu and Clavis Publishers! The theme of the 2014 competition is “Grandad, grandma and I in our multicultural society”. Submit your story for children aged 1-3 years or 4-6 years no later than 31 August 2014.
The two winning stories will be published as illustrated children’s books in both Dutch and English by Clavis Publishers.

Who can participate?
Everyone! Amateurs, professional writers – in fact any individual who likes to write children’s stories, regardless of age, ability, background, education, language, nationality, country of residence, etc. Individuals of 50 years and older are especially encouraged to submit a story!

How to submit a story?
Upload the final version of your story in either English or Dutch using the online form available atwww.inclusiveworks.euno later than 31 August 2014.

Background and objectives of the competition
Inclusive Works and partners organised their first international children’s story competition in 2012. More than 350 stories were submitted from 33 countries. The competition resulted in the publication of the following books:

Count and Rhyme with Family Mouse by Juliette Rosenkamp

Princess Nina by Marlise Achterbergh

For this year’s competition we are looking for children’s stories inspired by the interaction between elderly people and children in today’s multicultural societies. Entries should show, in a fun, playful and appropriate way, the important role(s) played by grandparents and (other) elderly people in the lives of the children in these societies.

The theme
Grandparents and other elderly people often play an important, valuable and fun role in children’s lives. This role can be very diverse, and can involve reading books, playing games, baking, gardening, visiting public places, recounting family anecdotes, passing on traditions, teaching children valuable lessons, etc. This interaction often takes place in a multicultural setting or happens between people with multicultural backgrounds. For this reason, we ask that the diversity in our society is positively represented in the stories submitted.
The prize!
The jury will select one winner for each age category: 1-3 years and 4-6 years. The two winning stories will be published as illustrated children’s books in both Dutch and English by Clavis Publishers.

The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony to be held in November 2014, at which the winning stories will be presented to the public and read by the authors.

Competition guidelines
The story:
– will take the multicultural society into account (for instance in the characters, their names, the composition of the characters, the place where the story occurs, the activities, etc.);
– must be written for children aged either 1-3 years or 4-6 years;
– may be realistic or have elements of fantasy;
– must be submitted in either English or Dutch;
– must not exceed the maximum word count for that age category: 600 words (age category 1-3 years) and 900 words (age category 4-6 years);
– should include no further text (description of the context, back cover copy, etc.) nor illustrations;
– must not have been published before, either by a professional publisher or privately.

For detail on how to enter, visit:http://www.inclusiveworks.eu/Our-expertise/Projects/Childrens-stories#.U1MNpVdrTlh

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Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014

12 April 2014

Rhys Davies Short Story Competition 2014 has been revamped for 2014 with the inclusion of a brand new Under 21 Prize, and an increased total prize fund of £5,000 now on offer. Literature Wales is delighted to announce that the 2014 competition will be judged by Cynan Jones and Deborah Kay Davies with Gee Williams acting as Filter Judge.

The winner of the first prize will receive an impressive £2,000. The second prize winner will receive £800, the third prize is £400 and six runners-up will receive £100 each.

Under 21 Prize
New for 2014, children and young people can enter the Under 21 Prize for the chance to win a first prize of £1,000 – one of the largest awards for a youth competition of its kind. One runner-up will also receive a prize of £200. This competition will be judged independently by Rachel Trezise.

This could be your chance to make your mark on the Welsh literary scene. You have until Friday 16 May 2014 to enter your prize-winning story. Entry fee is £7.00 or £4.00 for Under 21 Prize.

Note: Both Competitions are open to all writers born in or currently living in Wales. Under 21 Prize entrants must be aged 21 years or younger at the closing date. Stories can be in any style and on any subject but must be no more than 2,500 words in length. Entries must be previously unpublished, in English and must not be a translation of another author’s work. Click here to read the full Terms & Conditions of Entry.

You can enter by post or online: click here to download the entry form or click here to enter online.

To receive an entry form through the post, please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Literature Wales, Rhys Davies 2014 Entry Form, Cambrian Buildings, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF10 5FL

For further information, please visit www.rhysdaviestrust.org or contact Literature Wales: 029 2047 2266 / post@literaturewales.org

The Rhys Davies Short Story Competition is administered by Literature Wales and sponsored by The Rhys Davies Trust.

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"Hook 'em with the lead. Hold 'em with laughter. Exit with a quip they won't forget." ˜ Erma Bombeck


Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition!
Read the winning entries and plan to attend the 2018 Erma Bombeck Celebration.



Watch this page for continued updates as the Library invites an esteemed panel of judges including actors, actresses, authors, bloggers, columnists, comedians, editors, producers, professors, and writers to score the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. We thank them for their time and expertise! See the list of judges from the last competition.



Dave Barry (Humor Category)

Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry will serve as the finalist judge in the humor writing category of the 2018 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Barry has written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business and, most recently, Insane City. He has also written a number of books with titles like Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland, which, he quips, "are technically classified as nonfiction, although they contain numerous lies." In 2006, he served as the opening night keynote speaker at the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. Photo by: Daniel Portnoy Photography, daniel@danielportnoy.com.


Bonnie Jo Campbell (Human Interest Category)

Award-winning novelist and short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell will serve as the finalist judge in the human interest writing category in the 2018 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. She is the bestselling author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, Once Upon a River and American Salvage, among other works. Author Tom Bouman, writing in 2009 for the national British newspaper The Guardian, places American Salvage on the Top Ten List of Rural Noir novels alongside Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Complete Stories (1946-1952) of Flannery O’Connor. Campbell was a National Book Award finalist, NBCC Award finalist and a Guggenheim Fellow, and the Boston Globe called her a "master of post-industrial landscapes." She rides a variety of bicycles and a donkey in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Photo by: Blue Flower Arts.




Deb Amlen (Humor Category)

Deb entertains and challenges crossword puzzle lovers from all over the world in The New York Times' daily Wordplay column, and she is very proud of the fact that far more of her jokes have made it past the copy desk than have been edited out. Her books, It's Not P.M.S., It's You and Create Your Life Lists can be found where all questionable literature is sold, and her other work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Onion/A.V. Club, The Huffington Post, The Establishment and BUST Magazine. Deb was a founding columnist with David Pogue's Yahoo Tech magazine, and she lives in New Jersey with her very patient partner, her kids and her Extremely Spunky Border Terrier™, Jade.


Gina Barreca (Humor Category)

Hailed as "smart and funny" by People magazine and "Very, very funny. For a woman," by Dave Barry, Gina Barreca was deemed a "feminist humor maven" by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said "Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane." Author of If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? and It’s Not That I’m Bitter as well as the bestselling They Used To Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted, Gina’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Independent of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. Gina, who is a Professor of English at the University of Connecticut and winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching, is a Trustee of the Mark Twain House & Museum, a member of the Friars Club and an honoree of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.


Chase Bartels (Humor)

For the past 13 years, Chase Bartels has been successfully guiding careers in Hollywood. Writers who have been under her professional guidance can currently be found working on over 40 of today’s highest rated TV shows including: Stranger Things, The Handmaiden's Tale, Insecure, Taken, Agents of SHIELD, Chicago PD, Gotham, The Gifted, How to Get Away with Murder, The Flash, Lucifer, and Shameless just to name a few. Before launching CHASE-LA.com for Hollywood hopefuls, she worked as Head of Development for a production company on the Disney Lot in Burbank, CA producing original pilots for ABC Studios. Before she started developing for primetime, Chase was a key executive at the Warner Bros. Writers' Workshop for seven years. There she annually identified, developed and mentored the leading fresh writing talent for Warner Bros. Television’s producers to draw upon. Prior to joining Warner Bros., Chase worked at the venerable William Morris Agency where she supported top actors, writers, and producers for the agency in their TV and Film departments. Her experience working as both a buyer and a seller in Hollywood has given her a unique perspective on the business of Entertainment.


Nancy Berk, Ph.D. (Humor Category)

Armed with a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and the skills of a therapist, professor and researcher, clinical psychologist Dr. Nancy Berk weaves her traditional training into a unique brand of humor and writing that has landed her an award-winning magazine column, a celebrity podcast, a book with a feature film cameo, and an online entertainment and advice column for PARADE magazine. Deemed by celebrities and publicists to be one of the most insightful interviewers in the business, Nancy’s chatted with more Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy Award winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers than she can count. Her kids still aren’t impressed.


Marybeth Hicks (Human Interest Category)

Author, columnist and speaker Marybeth Hicks spent more than a dozen years writing from the intersection of parenting and culture. An author and columnist, she previously wrote for the The Washington Times and Catholic Digest magazine, among other outlets. These days, Marybeth is a frequent keynote speaker for women's organizations, civic clubs, parent groups, school communities and churches. In addition to her writing and speaking practice, she currently serves as Director of Marketing at FAITH Catholic, the publishing and communications company of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. A frequent commentator on cultural issues, Marybeth has appeared on national television outlets including Fox News Channel's Hannity and Fox and Friends , the Christian Broadcasting Network's 700 Club and EWTN's The World Over, and on dozens of national and regional radio programs including those hosted by Sean Hannity, Dennis Miller, Laura Ingraham, Jim Bohannon, Hugh Hewitt, G. Gordon Liddy, Brian Kilmeade and others. Marybeth began her career as a writer in the Reagan White House, and later was a communications specialist in the educational, healthcare and corporate sectors. A graduate of Michigan State University, she serves on the advisory board of the Parents Television Council, an organization seeking to promote decency on the airwaves. Marybeth and her husband Jim Hicks make their home in South Georgia and are the parents of four young adults.


Mary McCarty (Human Interest Judge)

Mary McCarty is a longtime Dayton-area columnist and reporter who currently teaches journalism at The University of Dayton. McCarty's column has appeared regularly on the national editorial wire and was widely syndicated through Cox News Service. She also served as an investigative reporter for the Dayton Daily News, specializing in narrative nonfiction projects. Before joining the Dayton Daily News, she was a staff writer and senior editor for Cincinnati Magazine. Mary has received many state and national awards for her writing, including the H.L. Mencken Award as well as being named Writer of the Year for Cox Newspapers and Best Columnist in Ohio by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. Mary has been involved with the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop since its inception -- a very meaningful connection because of her mother's college friendship with Erma.


Tim Waggoner (Human Interest Category)

Tim Waggoner has published close to forty novels and three collections of short stories. He writes original dark fantasy and horror, as well as media tie-ins, and his articles on writing have appeared in numerous publications. He’s won the Bram Stoker Award and been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and the Scribe Award. He’s also a full-time tenured professor who teaches creative writing and composition at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. Visit him on the web at www.timwaggoner.com, on his blog, Facebook or Twitter.




Jim Bebbington

Jim Bebbington is the editor of the Dayton Daily News. He attended Purdue University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and has been a reporter and editor for Cox Media Group Ohio since 1994. He has taught journalism at the Ohio State University and Ohio Dominican College.


Barb Best

Barb’s fun blog "I Feel Your Pain" appears at BarbBest.com and Alltop.com - and woo hoo - it was named by Feedspot as one of the "Top 100 Humor Blogs on the Planet." Her comedy material has been performed by Joan Rivers and her essays and light verse have been published in numerous print and digital publications. Be sure to boost your feel-good hormones by treating yourself to Barb's latest book The Misery Manifesto: A Self-Help Parody for the Self-Absorbed. Did you know? She’s an Erma Bombeck Global Humor Winner.


Rob Bloom

Rob Bloom is an advertising Creative Director, award-winning comedy writer, and 80s pro wrestling historian. He has written for the Cartoon Network, McSweeney's, The Onion, NPR, among others. Recently, Rob's short film, produced by the UCB Theatre, played in more than 20,000 theaters across the country. Rob is also the writer of a syndicated humor column, which has been praised by the Erma Bombeck Writing Institute, as well as by his parents who display it on their refrigerator with magnets shaped like fruit. Find Rob on Twitter at @robbloomcw and at his site, RobBloom.com.


Kim Bongiorno

Kim Bongiorno is an author, freelance writer and the blogger behind Let Me Start By Saying. She is a contributor to various online and print publications, has been published in nine books, including the New York Times bestseller I Just Want to Pee Alone, has a short story collection titled Part of My World and recently completed her first young adult novel. Learn more on KimBongiornoWrites.com, then get your daily chortles by following her on Twitter and Facebook.


James Breakwell

James Breakwell is a professional comedy writer and amateur father of four girls, ages seven and under. He is best known for his family humor Twitter account @XplodingUnicorn, which boasts more than a million followers. The account went viral In April 2016 and transformed James from a niche comedy writer into one of the most popular dad brands on social media. James has been profiled by several media outlets including USA Today, US Weekly, The Daily Mail, Metro, The Telegraph and various ABC and Fox TV news affiliates. His articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, The Federalist, and AskMen. He writes a bi-monthly newspaper column for the IndyStar and has been a guest multiple times on HLN’s The Daily Share. Closer Magazine named James its 2016 Blogger Dad of the Year. In 2017, he was a finalist for a Shorty Award in the parenting category. James writes more than just family jokes. His Star Wars parody account @VeryLonelyLuke went viral in December 2015 and now has nearly 350,000 followers. James’ debut book, Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, released in October 2017.


Jennifer Brown

Jennifer is the author of acclaimed young adult novels, Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, and Torn Away. Her debut novel, Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA "Perfect Ten," and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. She is also the author of the Shade Me series. Jennifer’s debut middle grade novel, Life on Mars, was released in 2014, and was followed by How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel and Pennybaker School is Headed for Disaster. Jennifer also writes , as well as women's fiction, under the name Jennifer Scott. Visit her at www.JenniferBrownAuthor.com or www.JenniferScottAuthor.com.


Michael Campbell

Michael Campbell is a humor writer and musician. Of Mice and Me, Campbell's 2017 collection of humor essays, is now available in print and eBook editions, as is his previous book, Are You Going To Eat That? His “Dumpster” column closes every issue of Food & Spirits magazine. Campbell also has four albums of original songs. The 2015 album My Turn Now includes a title track with a hilarious cameo by former game show host Richard Dawson. Learn more at michaelcampbellsongwriter.com.


Molly Campbell

Molly D. Campbell is a two-time Erma Bombeck award winning writer. She is the author of two novels, Keep the Ends Loose and Crossing the Street, published by The Story Plant. She is also an artist. Molly is working on her third novel. She lives in Dayton with her husband and four cats.


Donna Cavanagh

Donna Cavanagh is founder of HumorOutcasts.com (HO) and the partner publishing company, HumorOutcasts Press which now includes the labels Shorehouse Books and Corner Office Books (HOPress-Shorehousebooks.com). Cavanagh launched HO as an outlet for writers to showcase their work in a world that offered few avenues for humor. HO now features the creative talents of more than 100 aspiring and accomplished writers, producers, comics and authors from all over the world.


Karen Chee

Karen Chee is a comedy writer and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from the Bay Area, Karen has written for The New Yorker, McSweeney's, Shondaland, The Huffington Post, and many other websites. She has a piece in an upcoming issue of The American Spectator and is excited for print mags to make a real comeback. You can find her on Twitter @karencheee.


Jackie Curl

Jackie Curl handles public information for Washington Township, Ohio where the print materials she produces have won frequent awards from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association. Previously, as a reporter for the Springfield News-Sun, she wrote a column that took top honors from the Ohio Associated Press and Ohio Newspaper Women's Association. According to one judge: "She writes about Erma Bombeck-like topics, yet in her own unique style." Jackie has completed stints as adjunct professor at Antioch College for the Writing Well and journalism curriculum and as copy director for a communications firm with clients in the telecommunications industry. When she isn't writing, she is reading modern and classic novels with fellow members of the "Reinterpreting the Classics" book club.


Matthew Dewald

Matthew Dewald is a former director of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. He is now a writer and editor in Richmond, Virginia.


Irene Dickey

Irene Dickey is an author, consultant, and a lecturer of marketing in the School of Business at the University of Dayton. As the landscape of business continues to rapidly change, Irene closely follows news and trends to educate her audiences on important and emerging topics and developments. Consistent with the University of Dayton’s mission, she has a passion for working with persons and organizations in the community in a broad scope of activities in order to help them grow and strengthen. Irene has won numerous teaching, professional and community awards. She has also been a frequent judge for the Dottie Yeck Good Life Award contest at the library. Irene lives in Washington Township with her husband and two dogs and is blessed to be surrounded by her growing family. She once said, to her, the Washington Centerville Public Library was like a "candy store."


Norine Dworkin-McDaniel

A longtime health writer turned "parenting snarkologist," Norine Dworkin-McDaniel has written for just about every women’s magazine you can buy at the newsstand as well as for Parents Magazine, parenting.com, WhatToExpect.com and Scary Mommy. Named one of TODAYParents’ Funniest Parents in 2015, Norine is the co-author of Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations, winner of the Gold Independent Book Publisher Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award for Parenting/Family and the Silver Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Award for Humor. The book has been translated and published throughout Asia, and it inspired Norine’s "one mom show," Science of Parenthood Live!, which is (hopefully) coming to a kids museum or science center near you. Meanwhile, Norine’s parents are thrilled that she’s finally making use of her theatre degree. Her son remains unimpressed.


Kelly Epperson

Kelly Epperson has written 30+ books as a Ghostwriter, some for New York Times bestselling authors, one that sold 3 million copies. As Book Coach/Editor, she has helped countless clients become authors. She’s been writing her weekly newspaper column since 2001. Kelly was hired by Larry Winget (television commentator/NY Times bestseller) and Suzanne Evans (business coach/NY Times bestseller) as Book Coach for their programs. Kelly works one-on-one with clients and offers group workshops, retreats, and online courses. Kelly still has the postcard she received from Dave Barry in 2001 offering encouragement as a columnist and is forever grateful!


Karin Esterhammer

Former Los Angeles Times writer and editor Karin Esterhammer has just published a hilarious new book, So Happiness to Meet You: Foolishly, Blissfully Stranded in Vietnam (Prospect Park Books). Her essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal Market Watch, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, Asia Life magazine, and a bunch of tiny newspapers across the country that still owe her money.


Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is a writer, wife and mom of three kids whose ages span two decades. Her work has appeared in The New York Times; Brain, Child Magazine; Scary Mommy and more. Her Cincinnati Family Magazine mom blog earned Best Overall Blog in the 2017 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Awards. Bonnie is also the communications director of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @writerBonnie or on her website at WriterBonnie.com.


Jenny Gardiner

Jenny Gardiner is an award-winning #1 Kindle bestselling author who has published more than twenty-five novels, a memoir, and a collection of essays. Her work has been found in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post, Marie-Claire.com, Paste.com, and on National Public Radio. She was a columnist for Charlottesville’s Daily Progress for over a decade, and is as an occasional essayist on regional NPR affiliate WVTF-FM. She’s also the volunteer coordinator for the Virginia Film Festival. Jenny has worked as a professional photographer, an orthodontic assistant (learning quite readily that she was not cut out for a career in polyester), a waitress (probably her highest-paying job), a TV reporter, a pre-obituary writer, as well as a publicist to a United States Senator (where she honed her fiction-writing skills). She's photographed Prince Charles, Elizabeth Taylor, and the president of Uganda. She and her husband and many pets live in Virginia, where they love to petsit their kids' grandpuppies. She’s really bad at math.


Lisa Goich

Lisa Goich is an author, award-winning advertising copywriter, major market talk radio host, blogger, journalist and stand-up comedian. Lisa's recent memoir, 14 Days: A Mother, A Daughter, A Two-Week Goodbye, was a National Indie Excellence Award winner and a Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year finalist. Lisa has worked for nearly two decades with multi-New York Times bestselling author, Mitch Albom, on his weekday radio show on Detroit's legendary WJR. Her current podcast, A Girl On The Go, features one-on-one interviews with extraordinary women doing exemplary things in the world.


Mindy Hoffbauer

Mindy Hoffbauer is a professional explainer. During the past couple decades, Mindy has worked as a technical writer (just like Erma), editor, social media director for W. Bruce Cameron, online help developer, corporate trainer, and English adjunct instructor, among other things. She lives in Springboro, Ohio, has two grown children, and is married to a University of Dayton grad (just like Erma!). She writes mostly nonfiction, reads mostly fiction and never waves off the dessert cart (just like Guess-Who?).


Sarah Hutto

Sarah Hutto is a humor writer whose work has been printed in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She is a frequent contributor to McSweeney's and Daily Shouts on newyorker.com. Her recent piece, Things More Heavily Regulated Than Buying a Gun in the United States was the 3rd most read on McSweeney's Internet Tendency in 2017. She has won no awards and been nominated for nothing. You can follow her on Twitter, where she advocates for equal representation of women who aren't enthusiastic about salad in the stock photo industry. She is in the planning stages of a humor book.


Ryan Ireland

Ryan Ireland, PhD, is the author of two novels, Beyond the Horizon and Ghosts of the Desert. He has also published scholarly, popular, and creative nonfiction in Public Libraries Quarterly, Voices of Youth Advocates, and Ripcord. In 2016, Ryan delivered a TEDx talk about his research on public libraries, entitled, Your Story Matters. Currently Ryan sits on the board of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and co-chairs a nonprofit, Third Story Literacy Project, with his wife, Amber.


Leigh Anne Jasheway

Leigh Anne Jasheway is a comedy writer, humorous motivational speaker, stand-up comic, comedy writing teacher and wiener dog wrangler. She is the author of 25 books, including Confessions of a Semi-Natural Woman; Don’t Get Mad, Get Funny; Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause; Bedtime Stories for Dogs and Bedtime Stories for Cats; and her latest, The Dogs’ Guide to Human(Kind). She won the national Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Award in 2003 for her true story on how her first mammogram caught on fire. She teaches comedy writing and improv at Lane Community College, and formerly, the University of Oregon. She is the humor columnist for the Register Guard’s Weekend (for the past nine years), wrote weekly columns for The Comic News for nine years, and has written essays and columns for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, and The Funny Times. She blogs on Medium as well as Accidentalcomic She is the former host of The Giggle Spot on All Comedy 1450 AM. She blogs at Accidentalcomic.wordpress.com, Wagnotwhine.wordpress.com, and on Medium. Read more about Leigh Anne on her website accidentalcomic.com.


Barbara Solomon Josselsohn

Barbara Solomon Josselsohn is author of the novel The Last Dreamer (Lake Union Publishing). Her articles and essays appear in a range of publications, including Parents Magazine, Consumers Digest, The New York Times, American Baby, Westchester Magazine, and Writers Digest. Online, her work appears on GrownandFlown.com, BrainChildMag.com, The ManifestStation.net, and other websites. She teaches novel writing at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as privately, and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Women's Fiction Writers Association. She is currently at work on her second novel. Visit her online at www.BarbaraSolomonJosselsohn.com or like her at Facebook.com/BarbaraSolomonJosselsohnAuthor. You can find her on twitter @BarbaraJoss.


Jill Kelley

Jill Kelley has spent her career massaging the written word, serving as a reporter, columnist, editor, publication manager and marketing writer. She has worked for the Dayton Daily News and its affiliated products, the Anchorage Times, hibu magazines and, most recently, Woolpert—a national architecture, engineering and geospatial firm. Jill majored in English and minored in anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis before teaching in the Czech Republic, dispatching cabs in Alaska and managing a bookstore in L.A. The married mother of two now lives in Kettering, Ohio.


Susanne Kerns

Susanne Kerns's stories have been featured online and in several humor & parenting anthologies. You can also find her at her blogs, SusanneKerns.com and TheDustyParachute.com. She spends a disturbing amount of time on Facebook and Instagram and occasionally ends up on Twitter when she hits the wrong button on her phone.


Kathryn Leehane

Kathryn Leehane spews words in print, on stage, and around the internet. Along with inhaling books and Pinot Noir, she writes the award-winning humor blog, Foxy Wine Pocket. Her essays have been published in the Washington Post and nine anthologies, including the latest installment of The New York Times best-selling series, I Just Want to Pee Alone. She has also been featured on dozens of popular web sites, including McSweeney’s, Redbook Magazine, and Headspace. Kathryn lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two children, and two ferociously snuggly pit bulls.


Anna Lefler

Anna Lefler is a humorist, comedy writer, and author of the novel Preschooled (Full Fathom Five, 2015), and the humor book The Chicktionary: From A-Line to Z-Snap, The Words Every Woman Should Know, which The Chicago Tribune called "a wry celebration of modern femininity." Anna is the founder of The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program, and she is a founding producer of the forthcoming Broadway musical, "Age of Power." Anna was a staff writer on the Nickelodeon/NickMom TV show "Parental Discretion," where she also served as a recurring guest comedian. She is a three-time faculty member of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and her humorous essays have appeared on Salon.com, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Big Jewel. She has performed standup comedy in clubs around Los Angeles including the Hollywood Improv and the Comedy Store. Anna lives in Los Angeles with her two children, whom she regularly embarrasses.


Elly Lonon

Elly Lonon is best known for her McSweeney’s column, Amongst the Liberal Elite. Her work has also appeared in several parenting anthologies, The New York Times, O Magazine, Real Simple, Scary Mommy and a shocking number of now defunct sites. She won the last Pitchapalooza with her memoir, Lymphomania, which will hopefully find a home with a publisher very soon. She really, really hates writing in the third person. Read more on her blog, Twitter and Facebook.


Jen Mann

Jen Mann is best known for her wildly popular and hysterical blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat. She has been described by many as Erma Bombeck--with f-bombs. Jen is known for her hilarious rants and funny observations on everything from parenting to gift - giving to celebrity behavior to politics to Elves on Shelves. She does not suffer fools lightly. Jen is the author of the New York Times bestseller People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges which was a Finalist for a Goodreads Reader's Choice Award. Her latest book is Working with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Cantankerous Clients, Micromanaging Minions, and Other Supercilious Scourges. She is also the mastermind behind the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series. Jen is a married mother of two children whom she calls Gomer and Adolpha in her writings - she swears their real names are actually worse.


Fred Marion

Fredrick Marion is the founder of www.daytonlit.com, a site committed to growing Dayton's literary scene. A former columnist and features reporter at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, FL, he also writes a weekly email newsletter on writing and life that's available at www.fredrickmarion.com. His first novel, a middle grade fantasy titled The Very Strange and Very Secret Trashcan Club, is in progress with representation by The Bent Agency. Proud papa to three kids (all 3 and under), all his shirts have a permanent spit-up mark on the left-hand shoulder. He says it adds character.


Lisa Smith Molinari

Lisa Smith Molinari writes the award-winning blog and syndicated column, "The Meat & Potatoes of Life," which appears weekly in military newspapers across the United States and in Stars and Stripes, the newspaper for the US Armed Forces. Her essays have also appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, Military Spouse Magazine, and multiple newspapers, magazines, websites and anthologies. Lisa currently serves as the President of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. A 24-year Navy veteran spouse and mother of three, Lisa and her family currently live in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Follow Lisa @MolinariWrites and www.theMeatAndPotatoesofLife.com.


Martha Moody

Martha Moody graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, spending 15 years in private practice. After publishing her first novel, Best Friends, she retired from private practice. Since then she has written three more books, The Office of Desire , Sometimes Mine, and Sharp and Dangerous Virtues. When Moody isn't working on her most recent manuscript, she is active in the Dayton Women's Literary Club and the Jewish Community Relations Council and as a writing teacher in the local public school system. Moody is also involved in a long-term project teaching English to middle school students in the Arab village of Deir al Assad, Israel. In acknowledgement of her philanthropy, Moody was honored by the YWCA in 2011 as a Woman of Influence and by the local NCCJ in 2015 with a "Humanitarian Award." Visit her website at marthamoody.net


Allia Zobel Nolan

Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally published, award-winning author of close to 200 children’s and adult trade titles. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats, and include such varied titles as, "Cat Confessions: A Kitty-Come-Clean Tell-All Book" (112,000+ copies sold); "Whatever Is Lovely: a 90-day Devotional and Journal", "The Worrywart’s Prayer Book", "The Joy of Being Fifty" (illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast) "Angels in the Bible Storybook", and "Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much" (illustrated by Nicole Hollander). Among other places, her work has also been featured in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Huffington Post, The Irish Independent News, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. Non-fake-news items about her books and her cats may be found at www.AlliaWrites.com.


Bill O'Neill

Bill O'Neill has written for the Cape Cod Times, the Boston Globe, the London Sunday Times, CMJ New Music Monthly, the Harvard Independent, and a batch of other publications. He was the lifestyle editor at the Cape Cod Times for almost 10 years, and the paper's pop-music columnist for 12 years. He won awards for his interviews with a mannequin keeper, Liza Minnelli and a guy who claims to be Elvis Presley Jr.
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Max Pross

Max Pross is a Primetime Emmy Award-winning producer and writer known for The Simpsons (1989), Seinfeld (1989) and Late Night with David Letterman (1982). He has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy ten times and twice for Writers Guild of America, USA. Together with writing team partner Tom Gammill, he has also written for Saturday Night Live, The David Letterman Show, The Wonder Years, and Monk.


Ron Rollins

Ron Rollins is director of digital content for Cox Media Group Ohio and the Ideas & Voices opinion pages editor for the Dayton Daily News and its two sister papers in southwest Ohio. He’s served in a variety of writing and editing positions at the DDN and Cox since 1986.


Irving Ruan

Irving Ruan is a comedy writer, performer, and producer, and his work has been featured in McSweeney’s, Funny Or Die, and The Bold Italic. He is currently working on a book of short stories and has not won any awards. You can follow him on Twitter, where his tweets are read by hundreds but only three are entertained.


Joel Schwartzberg

Joel Schwartzberg is a nationally-published essayist and award-winning author of Get to the Point! (2017), Small Things Considered (2014), and The 40-Year-Old Version (2009). Joel is also a speechwriter and public speaking trainer, and his essays have been published in Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, New Jersey Monthly, The Star-Ledger, Fast Company, and five editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Amy Hartl Sherman

Amy Hartl Sherman is a graduate of the University of Illinois, a writer, cartoonist, humorist, and retired flight attendant. Amy has been published in Feisty After 45, The Heron’s Nest, It All Changed in in Instant: More Six Word Memoirs, and Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now. More of her work can be found at krankykitty.com and witfaced.com.


Pam Sherman

Pam Sherman, is a nationally-syndicated columnist, actor, recovering lawyer and leadership consultant who was profiled in People Magazine about her career transition from attorney to actor. Today Sherman conducts programs and coaches leaders all over the world in leadership communications and how to present themselves and their stories with passion. Her nationally-syndicated column, The Suburban Outlaw can be read in Gannett publications, including the Democrat + Chronicle, Rochester Magazine and USA Today. Her best-selling book, The Suburban Outlaw: Tales from the EDGE is sold on Amazon. Pam will be returning to the stage in Geva Theatre’s production of At Wit’s End in January. See more at www.suburbanoutlaw.com and www.shermanedge.com.


Ritch Shydner

In the 1980’s, Ritch Shydner made numerous appearances on TV, including Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He did an HBO half-hour special, "One Night Stand." He played Al Bundy’s co-worker on "Married with Children", and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as "Designing Women" and "Roseanne." Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin’s, "Roxanne," and Eddie Murphy's, "Beverly Hills Cop II," before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as "Roseanne", "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and HBO’s "The Mind of the Married Man." Ritch wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy’s Grammy nominated comedy albums, "Totally Committed," and "Big Fun." He also wrote for Ron White and Jay Leno. In 2006 Ritch was co-author of a book on stand-up, "I Killed". In 2010 Ritch produced and performed in an award winning documentary on the world of stand-up comedy, "I Am Comic". Ritch's new book, Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980's Comedy Explosion, is OUT NOW! Read a story from the book. Currently Ritch is writing a movie adaptation for HBO of Bill Maher's book, "True Story".


Jack Thomas

Jack Thomas is an executive producer, former attorney, stand-up comedian, and a Primetime Emmy Award-winning writer and producer known for The Fairly OddParents (2001), Regular Show (2010) and The Replacements (2006). He currently works for Dreamworks Animation where he helped launch the "Turbo:FAST" series for Netflix and writes on the series; "Dragons: Race to the Edge." Thomas has had an eclectic writing career - everything from writing introductions for American Movie Classics to writing comedy sketches for the FOX NFL Pregame Show to even polishing up the script for the feature "Carpool" - before landing in animation in 2001 on The Fairly OddParents. He met Nancy Cartwright at Ohio University when they were on the speech team together.


Brian Thompson

For more than 15 years, Brian Thompson has been writing the weekly humor column, Life in a Nutshell, for The St. Augustine Record in Florida. The column has won 7 Florida Press Club awards for commentary, including second place in 2015. You can read "Life in a Nutshell" online at www.nutshellcity.com. Thompson is a former journalist and editor, and has been a freelance writer for Scholastic's Parent and Child Magazine, Folio Weekly, Jacksonville Magazine, Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, Rosebud, and Delicious Magazine. He has also done radio commentary on Jacksonville's WJCT Public Radio. He works at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where he edits Flagler Magazine, advises the student newspaper, and teaches opinion writing. He is the founder and past-president of the Florida College Press Association.


TJ Turner

T.J. Turner is a novelist, a historian, a research scientist, and a Federal Agent. He graduated from Cornell University and as a Reserve military officer, he has served four tours in Afghanistan and was awarded two Bronze Star Medals (2013, 2017). His essay about his deployments to Afghanistan - The Power of Teddy Bears - was accepted and read on NPR’s This I Believe national essay series. Turner lives in central Ohio, with his wife, Nancy, and three children. You can find his newest book, Land of Wolves: the Return of Lincoln's Bodyguard, on Amazon.


George Waters

Winner of the prestigious Will Rogers Writing Contest, George Waters writes a weekly humor column which appears in newspapers and on his website , The "Wa" Blog. His work is featured in Suzette Martinez Standring's book, The Art of Column Writing, and his humorous parenting essays have appeared in L.A. Parent, Dallas Child, Kansas City Parent, New Jersey Family and numerous others regional parenting publications. Read more from George Waters in The Art of Column Writing: Insider Secrets from Art Buchwald, Dave Barry, Arianna Huffington, Pete Hamill and Other Great Columnists by Suzette Martinez Standring.


Michele Wojciechowski

Michele "Wojo" Wojciechowski is a national award-winning writer and humorist as well as an editor, speaker, and stand-up comedienne. Her work has appeared in Discover, Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Taste of Home, Country Woman, Discover Life, Energy Times, Parade, Vanity Fair online, the PBS website Next Avenue, Forbes.com, BaltimoreSun.com, and many other publications and websites. Her humor book, Next Time I Move, They’ll Carry Me Out in a Box, won an Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. For 15 years, Wojo has written the award-winning humor column "Wojo’s World." She also just likes saying "award-winning." Check her out on www.WojosWorld.com.


Linda Wolff

Linda Wolff writes at Carpool Goddess, where she proves that midlife, motherhood, and the empty nest aren’t so scary. Her work has appeared on The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Today’s Parent, Grown and Flown,Your Teen, and many more.Her humorous essays have been published in numerous anthologies, the most recent: But Did You Die? Setting the Parenting Bar Low. Linda lives in Los Angeles with her husband and is the proud mama of two grown kids,who still enjoy coming home to visit.


Jerry Zezima

Jerry Zezima writes a humor column for his hometown paper, the Stamford Advocate in Connecticut. His column is distributed by the Tribune News Service and has run in newspapers nationwide and abroad. It also is a regular feature on the Huffington Post. If you have ever wondered why journalism is in trouble, it would be because of him. Mr. Zezima is the author of three books, "Leave It to Boomer", "The Empty Nest Chronicles", and "Grandfather Knows Best", all of which are crimes against literature. They also come in handy for propping up wobbly table legs. As a chilling example of just how low journalistic standards have sunk, he has won many awards, including six for humorous writing from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Mr. Zezima has extensive television and radio experience and is a popular public speaker. He even has a blog: http://www.jerryzezima.blogspot.com. He lives on Long Island, N.Y., with his wife, Sue. They have two daughters, three grandchildren and many creditors. Mr. Zezima has no interesting hobbies.


Claire Zulkey

Claire Zulkey is a freelance writer and mother of two in Evanston, IL. She is the author of the young adult novel An Off Year, and runs the longstanding Chicago reading series Funny Ha-Ha. You can learn much more about her by going to Zulkey.com.



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