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#CRLiterature Presents: Back To School Contest

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 22, 2013, 3:07 AM

Back to School!

:new: We've not received any entries for this contest. Please can you express interest if you are planning to submit, otherwise we may have to consider cancelling this! Thank you.

It's September, which means another school year has begun. The break of the summer has finally settled and all the kids, equipped with their little rucksacks, are ready for education! 

For young children, school is about learning and exploring those basic skills we now take for granted as we get older. We learn them through a variety of lessons, and reading is essentially one of those. Do you remember those stories you read when you were in Primary or Elementary school?  

Did you ever read Magic School Bus? The series, by Joanna Cole, featured a class of children and their eccentric teacher Ms Frizzle travelling on a bus to the most exotic of locations to understand how things worked- from inside the human body, to a water system and even outer space. They had a sense of humour that appealed to their target audience, with real factual information children were learning along the way.

Magic School Bus by dtwicked

Another fantastic series is the Horrible Histories by Terry Deary- with similar sense of humour used to educate the target audience, teaching children about eras in history. The series expanded beyond historic eras, covering geography, science, even sport and eventually was turned into an animated TV series, a live action series and even song versions!

The Contest!

We want you to create either a short story or poem that is aimed at a target audience of 6-9 year olds.

The theme is to write something that teaches the target audience something factual: This can be anything such as the colours of the rainbow, the nine times table or even something more challenging such as processes and historic events. Thinking about your audience is essential.

We strongly advise that when you have written your piece you seek critique and feedback to redraft and improve your piece prior to the deadline. Submissions can be updated up until the deadline. Do not discount the need for checking and redrafting your work.

The Rules

:star: Prose pieces must be no longer than 1000 words.
:star: Poetry must be no longer than 50 lines.
:star: The entry must be a new piece of work, submitted to deviantART after Sunday 22nd September.
:star: The contest deadline is midnight on Saturday 2nd November, giving you 6 weeks for submission.

The Prizes

First Prize Winner First Place First Prize Winner

1 Year Subscription to DeviantArt
A print of your choice (maximum $60)
1500 points

:star:Second Place:star:

6 Month Subscription to DeviantArt
A print of your choice (maximum $40)
1000 points

:star:Third Place:star:

3 Month Subscription to DeviantArt
A print of your choice (maximum $20)
500 points

:bulletyellow: Honourable Mentions :bulletyellow:

200 points each
Critiques from DailyBreadCafe

There will also be an additional pool of 300 points split randomly amongst participants for entering!

Points Kindly donated by:

:star:All winners and honourable mentions will recieve Journal features from farand, Ezri-Krios, SingingFlames, DailyBreadCafe, SMAdams, IrrevocableFate, AquaticNotes :eager:

Any additional prize donations more than welcome!

The Judges


:bulletpink: Work that respects the reader. Kids and teens aren't dumb, and you don't have to "dumb things down" to reach them. There is a difference between writing a story that is age-appropriate and writing a story that assumes lack of intelligence on the part of the reader.

:bulletpink: Work that shows knowledge of children's literature. How many books/stories have you read in the genre/target age you're writing for? If the answer is 0-10, go back to the library. If all you've read in YA/children's are a few recent bestsellers, or the classics, go back to the library. Would you like recommendations? Ask the librarian! Or!

:bulletpink: Work that DOES NOT try to teach a lesson. Children's and young adult fiction is NOT a place for morality tales, any more than adult fiction is. Sure, every story has a slant, or an ideology, because it's impossible for the author not to include what he or she believes in his work. But a story for children is not automatically a vehicle for teaching a lesson. 

:bulletpink: Good. Damn. Writing. Be creative, be articulate, be beautiful. 

:bulletpink: Children's novels (or middle grade) is for ages 7-12, and features protagonists who are usually between 9-13. Young Adult fiction is for ages 12+, and features protagonists who are usually between 14 and 18. Use this as a guide when you're writing your poems and stories!


"I want to see pieces that show an understanding of their target audience. Selecting information that will interest children, and presenting it in a way that will sustain their interest, is challenging to anyone over the age of twelve. I'll be looking for well researched, well written pieces that strike the right balance between speaking to children on their level, and giving them the credit they deserve."


"I am looking for something that I could genuinely see being read by children, where the audience has been really considered and educates, not patronises this age group. It needs to be fresh and fun too- make the content exciting to a child!"


"As a precocious little shit, I expect writing to be clear and informative without being patronizing, but seriously, simple doesn't mean stupid and I expect to see respect for the audience"

How to submit

1. Create your piece and submit it to deviantART
2. Sent a note to CRLiterature with a link to your completed piece
3. CRLiterature will add it to the contest folder and inform you it is in there.

Please spread the word! Favourite this journal and we look forward to seeing the entries!)

:halloween: revamp Not your thing? Be sure to check out the All Hallows Tales Prose contest- FRANKENTALES

No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.

~H. G. Wells

An exciting literature contest writing for children!
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Feraligatr66 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
I will join! Sounds really fun! :D
doctordapples Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Kids like books about hopeless, crushing melancholy, right?
MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   General Artist
Unless college drops a big surprise on me (unlikely), I'll enter! :w00t!:
MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013   General Artist
Dang it. >:{
alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... I was planning on doing a project sort of like this, but not necessarily for this age demographic, and mostly as a way to force myself to draw while (re)learning the concepts I'm tutoring. 

I suppose being able to explain programming concepts to a 9-year old would be a good gauge of my teaching skills. I'll give it a shot. There probably won't be a whole lot of time for me to draw it the way I would want the finished project to look, but I've got ideas in my head already for the written component. 

DailyBreadCafe Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Writer
I was going to enter... then i forgot... now i can't be bothered. Good luck to everyone!
MagicalJoey Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Writer
Scratch that, my note with my entry is there!
MagicalJoey Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013   Writer
Tried entering… but didn't know where and I did ask but didn't get a response (don't ask me where or who I asked but I did at the time)
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm shocked! I wish I could write I would enter. I think this is a great contest
neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
come on guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuys u:
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