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5 Children’s Writing Contests

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Here are 5 writing contests open to those of you who write for children.

Highlights Fiction Contest
The category for the Highlights Fiction Contest is fiction involving an embarrassing moment. Stories must be under 750 words or 475 for an easy reader.  There are 3 $1000 prizes.  The deadline is January 31, 2011.  For contest rules, click here.

Children’s Writer – Kindergarten Story Writing Contest
A fictional story or nonfiction about family life or school for ages 5-6 up to 150 words.  Grand prize is $500. Deadline is February 28, 2011.  Free to enter for subscribers. $15 for non-subscribers. Contest rules can be found on the Children’s Writer website.

Writers Digest – Writing Competition
Among other categories, Writers Digest hands out award for best children’s/YA story.  Entries are limited to 2000 words.  Grand Prize is $3000. Deadline is May 2, 2011. $25 entry fee.  Click here for contest rules.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Barbara Karlin Grant
This is technically a grant, but because you have to submit your work, I have included it in this post.  One picture book manuscript per applicant may be submitted. The text may be an original story, work of nonfiction, or a re-telling or adaptation of a fairytale, folktale or legend.  The grant is for $1500 and $500 for the runner-up.  Submit application between February 15th and March 15th.  Open to SCBWI members.  Free to enter.  Information on this and other SCBWI Grants can be found on the SCBWI website.

Writers-Editors Network
Children’s Division -Unpublished or self-published Short Story/Nonfiction Article/Book Chapter/Poem (judged together as one category).  Prizes are $100/$75/$50.  Entry fee is $5 for members/$10 for non-members for entries up to 3000 words.  See website for contest rules.

Have you won any of these contests before?  Have you won other contests?  I would love to hear from you.

Organize your To-Do’s

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Happy New Year!  Another year is upon us full of hope and new promises. With a mounting list of new things to do and accomplish, the task of organizing a to-do list seems daunting.  I’m not the only one, am I?

As I literally and figuratively try to juggle my writing schedule, business schedule, plus volunteer and kids activities, I find that non-essential business doesn’t seem to happen.  My calendar can’t contain all of the aspirations in my head.  It can hardly contain the actual commitments like picking someone up or brushing my teeth.

I stumbled upon software called Things for Apple.  I downloaded a free trial yesterday and WOW!  Simple to use and a good looking user interface.  I can separate different projects and tasks to those projects.  Or, I can just create a random task  like “eat 6 doughnuts”.

As for writing, the possibilities are clearly valuable.  Goals are only ideas if there isn’t a deadline attached.  I’ve got LOTS of ideas!  Things lets you set a deadline for each part of your writing project and proudly check things off when done.  Brainstorm article idea – check.  Research article – check. Schedule interview- check.  Nothing like a little positive reinforcement to get you through the day.

If you don’t have a Mac, there are other task management programs available. Many of them offer a free trial.  But, even if you don’t want to go the software route, get your goals down on paper.  Make a deadline.  Check things off.  2011 will be your year of the check mark.

Write my first blog entry of the year – check.