Due in November Writing Contest

Our November 2013 contest

December is dedicated to working on our submissions to the Yahara River Writers Contest. All students will be submitting a short story to me and then they will be able to pick one other type of writing to submit: poetry, editorial, or political cartoon (to be discussed and taught the week of December 12th).

The first draft for the short story is due to me by December 7th and the Final draft is due the 16th of December. Students are encouraged to work on this outside of school as class time will be limited.

Formatting Requirements for short story:
Maximum 850 words
Font is Times New Roman, 12 point size
Margins: 1 inch on all sides
Double-spaced
Title: Times New Roman, boldface; 14 point
NO NAME should appear on the final version

Formatting Requirements for editorial:
Maximum 475 words
Font is Times New Roman, 12 point size for body
Margins: 1 inch on all sides
Double-spaced
Title: Times New Roman, boldface; 14 point
NO NAME should appear on the final version

This is a county-wide contest where 33 school districts in the area send submissions. All entries will be judged and the top ten in each category, per grade level, will be selected. From each top ten group, a first and second place entry will be identified. All top ten entries will be published in the Yahara River Writers Anthology. and all authors of top ten entries will be invited to attend a workshop on the UW Campus.

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Q&A

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Is there a book writing contest annually in November?

Novel Writing Month is held in November and you write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. The website is

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Should I print my NaNoWriMo novel?

Don't do it now, if anything do it when you have time to make it into what you really want it to be instead of printing it and regretting it later.