Kids' Corner
Writing Links for Kids
A wealth of online resources! Find kids’ word games, writing ideas, writing contests, and more.


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Writing Contests and Other Cool Links

Creative Writing Prompts
180 wacky, serious, silly, unusual, and imaginative ideas to help you write stories, increase your vocabulary, and have fun with words! for Kids
Have you ever faced a blank page and wondered “What on earth can I write about?” Then this is the site for you! Its interactive writing games have been designed to stimulate your brain with over 100 unique experiences for writers, including “The Crazy Animal Game,” “The Color Game,” and “The Idea Game.

Writing Prompts
Daily writing prompts from Writer’s Digest, plus an archive containing hundreds more. Among others, you’ll find ideas for vocabulary development; writing prompts for describing people, places, and foods; and loads of topics for essays, stories, character sketches, and personal narratives.


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Homeschool Writing Contests
This site features a comprehensive chart of current writing contests. Although some are for homeschool students only, the majority welcome other students as well. Chart includes deadlines, prizes, ages, and more, all in one convenient place.

Next Step Magazine Contest
Submit your first-person stories to The Next Step Magazine's $100 teen writing contest!

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Considered one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind, with both regional and national awards. Good guidelines for what is expected, and lots of excellent online samples of winning entries. U.S. and Canadian students in grades 7-12 enrolled in public, private, or home school are eligible. Check their site in October 2008 for entry information and deadlines for the 2009 Awards.


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Become a Published Author
Word Games and Writing Activities

ApricotPie is a unique website designed by and for homeschoolers, where young people can post their stories, essays, poems, and photography. It’s a gathering of creative writers and thoughtful writing giving homeschool students and graduates together the opportunity to have a voice.

Stone Soup
Are you an 8- to 13-year-old? Then Stone Soup, the magazine by young writers and artists, welcomes you to send in your work. In the Writing Archives, you’ll find hundreds of stories and poems by young writers.

Write Me a Story
Write Me a Story is the place where children can try their writing skills, share your imagination, read fun stories, and maybe even get published on the Internet! Each week you will be challenged to write a story using the character, place, and prop provided. Your story can be as funny, sad or silly as you want, but nothing your parents would get mad about. Two categories: children (11 and under) and teens (12 and older).

Writing for Kids
A kid-friendly site that welcomes student writing samples. Send in your poems or stories and get published!


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A Game a Day
Enjoy a new word game, word search, brainteaser, trivia game, anagram, cryptogram, crossword, and more each weekday! Challenge your general knowledge, vocabulary, spelling, memory, concentration, critical thinking, and problem solving. Two levels of play available for all ages.

Wacky Web Tales
What fun--instant MadLibs for kids. Practice with parts of speech while creating the silliest stories ever!
Online word games for kids. You can spend hours exploring this terrific website!

Rhyme Zone
If you’re writing a poem and can’t think of a rhyming word, Rhyme Zone can help! Simply type in a word and let Rhyme Zone do the rest.

Word Central
Merriam-Webster’s Daily Buzzword and online student dictionary.


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