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Monday, June 19, 2006

Youth Wrting Contests

(Thanks go out to WVWriters member Tovli Simiryan for sending this along.)


Skipping Stones is an award-winning, international, non-profit magazine, now in the 14th year! We celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, facilitates a meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences. Young readers of Skipping Stones, ages 8 to 16, hail from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. We try our best to make their reading of Skipping Stones an active experience, relevant to issues confronting them locally and globally. Writings (essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles and proverbs, etc.) should be typed or neatly handwritten and limited to 750 words and poems to 30 lines.


We need artwork, short poems or stories for the Kids Korner! Send in your child's artwork or writing to be published in Wee Ones. If you snail mail the work, please provide a SASE. Please include your child's first name, initial of last name, age, city and state. There is no payment for Kid's Korner submissions. Wee Ones' intended audience is 4-10 year olds. We pay five cents/word for articles and stories written by adults. Poems $10. We purchase nonexclusive, worldwide electronic and reprint rights.



We invite you to write us an informal essay on what thankfulness and gratitude mean to you - what roles have they played in your life? Who are you most grateful to, and why? Do you think it's important to be aware of gratitude, and to make it a priority? Why? And how are you putting gratitude into practice? The Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. In addition, the winning essay will be printed in our magazine. The author will receive three complimentary copies of the magazine, along with a byline crediting the winner by name. The deadline for receipt of all entries is September 1, 2006.



The theme of this year's International Essay Contest is "Learning to live together: promoting tolerance and diversity in globalized societies." Young people from around the world are invited to submit their creative ideas on this theme. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages up to 14); b) Youth (ages 15 - 25)

Essays must be typed or printed in English, Spanish, German or French. Children's category: 800 words or less. Youth category: 1,000 words or less. Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Deadline June 30, 2006.

  • 1st Prize:
  • Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US $900) ... 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize:
  • Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$450) ... 2 entrants
  • 3rd Prize:
  • Certificate and gift ... 5 entrants
  • Honorable Mention:
  • Certificate and gift ... 25 entrants

    All entrants will receive a certificate. (Certificates, prizes and gifts will be mailed to the entrants by the end of the year.) 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony and the International Youth Forum to be held in Tokyo, Japan in November 2006. (Travel expenses will be covered by the sponsor.)