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Writing contests for kids inspire creativity

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Kidsday reporters at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School in Miller Place show off their writing works. Photo Credit: Eileen DeCarmine

If you are an aspiring writer, there are many writing contests for kids you can enter. I’ll admit that writing can be stressful at times, but after you come up with an awesome topic, you will be on your way to creating a wonderful piece. If the following contests are over, you can check the websites for current contests that you and your classmates can enter.

Two writing contests my classmates entered are from a company called Young Writers (youngwritersusa.com). It has been around since 1991 and promotes writing contests for students worldwide. My class entered the writing contest “Once Upon a Dream.” We wrote poems that were inspired by our dreams or aspirations. Our class also entered another Young Writers contest, “Crazy Creatures,” in which we had to create a creature and write a short story about it in only 100 words. It may sound easy to write a 100-word story, but it is more challenging than it seems.

We also entered “Breaking Barriers” from Scholastic (scholastic.com/breakingbarriers). We wrote stories about a barrier we have faced in life, whether it is school or sports or anything else that was tough for us. Lessons in the contest are based on the life of Jackie Robinson, who broke the baseball color barrier in 1947 by being the first African-American to play on a major-league baseball team. Scholastic has other contests, too.

Dandelion Press’ Micro Fiction writing contest is unique (dandelionpress.com/micro-fiction-contest). You are given a set image to write about rather than a topic. The story can be up to 1,000 words, and you write about where the scene might take you or where you have been. It is like illustrating in words what you have seen in the picture.

Eileen DeCarmine’s fifth-grade class, Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School, Miller Place

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