Do you enjoy writing? Whether it’s short stories, nonfiction, novels or essays, you can start sharing your talent and compete in writing contests. You might be surprised to find you don’t have to be a grownup to get published. Blogs, school newspapers, educational organizations and publishers are constantly searching for new writers, and some of them focus specifically on kids.
One such organization is iWrite. Kids spend many hours a week online, and iWrite encourages young people to put that time to good use. Each year, iWrite sponsors contests at iwrite.org/i-write-contest/ for short stories, poetry and book covers, giving young writers and illustrators an opportunity to share their work and possibly get published.
The Betty Award, thebettyaward.com, is an annual short story contest for kids ages 8-12. It sponsors a Spring and Fall competition in honor of a mother named Betty who encouraged her children to read and write at a young age.
Find more contests by searching for “writing contests for kids,” with a parent’s permission. Good luck!
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