TOS sponsors writing contest for homeschoolers

Writers of all ages need an audience. And what better way to gain one than to enter a writing contest with a chance at getting published in a prominent magazine? I’ve got info on a story contest for homeschoolers that both adults and children can enter! How fun is that? And what a great way to model writing for your children as you make story-telling time a family event.

Storytime Writing Contest

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is very excited to host their second Storytime Writing Contest! They have two creative fiction categories: adults (16 and up, 2,500 words or less) and children (15 and under, 1,500 words or less). They’re accepting submissions through midnight, March 16, 2009.

Selecting the Finalists

This will be my second year as one of the contest judges, and it was so much fun last year reading all the wonderful entries! The Old Schoolhous reviews each entry and selects fifty finalists in each category. Those finalists will be listed on the TOS website by title, author, and city. From there, a panel of judges (including me!) who are “experts in the field” will select the Grand Prize Winners!


Oh, and the prizes are so fabulous!

The Grand Prize Winners (one adult and one child) will receive:
• $100 gift certificate to the Schoolhouse Store
• Grand Prize Package valued at more than $1,000 from our sponsors! (See list of prizes here.)
• Publication in the Summer 2009 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
• Publication on
• Certificate of Achievement

The top two winners, as well as eleven finalists in each category, will have their stories published in an E-Book, which will be available for sale at the Schoolhouse Store!

For Adults 16 and Up

They’re looking for stirring fiction, in 2,500 words or less, that will encourage and inspire homeschooling families. “Escaping the Homeschool Matrix” by Steve Walden is an excellent example of the type of story TOS is looking for. You can read Steve Walden’s story here.

For Kids 15 and under

Tell all about your characters and their zany adventures in 1,500 words or less. Think about something that you like, add some interesting characters, and set sail on your own adventure! Perhaps you could write about a mysterious map found in a dusty attic, or you could write about what you would do if you traded places with your parents for a day. Get creative! The sky is the limit!

Finding Story Ideas

For help with story ideas, check out WriteShop‘s fabulous StoryBuilders—printable card decks that make great writing prompts for silly, whimsical, humorous, or serious stories. By picking one card from each category—character, character trait, setting, and plot—you’ll have the foundation for your winning story in no time! Look for StoryBuilders under E-books in the WriteShop store. They’re only $3.95-$7.95, and they come with either 96 or 192 writing prompt cards. (You can read reviews of StoryBuilders here and here.)

How to Enter

Read the Official Rules. Then click here to submit a story, or to mail an entry, please enclose a check or money order in the amount of $7.95 along with your story, and send it to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine at this address:

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Storytime Writing Contest
P.O. Box 8426
Gray, TN 37615

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