Friday, January 11, 2013

Honors Challenge Students and Others: A Writing Contest with the Theme: "Objects of Wonder"

As we have recently completed two or more of  a required four narrative project in which we connected objects, material culture, to real peoples' coming of age experiences, the following might be an added incentive to develop this further. 

You should complete the required four narratives ( about four different objects that connect to coming of age experiences) by Friday, January 18. If you turned in two, only submit two more. 

Please submit a photo in the jpeg format for each object written about.

Everyone in the Honors Challenge English will be required to make a submission for this contest. We will meet during guided study and talk about this next week.

Submissions for the contest are due: February 15  

Writing Contest

The Telling Room's annual writing contest is underway and we're hoping to hear from you! This year's contest promises to be the best yet, with prizes including publication in Maine Magazine, on MPBN radio, and in our anthology up for grabs. One grand prize winner will walk away with $200 as well. We're looking for poetry and prose submissions, but be sure to read the rules below to make sure your piece meets our guidelines. 


This year's theme is "Objects of Wonder." All submissions must involve one or more material objects: keepsakes, mementos, relics, and items of value.

 A few suggestions to get you started:

Write about a found object you've held onto for some reason.

Describe one object in precise detail and write its history.

Find an inanimate object in your house or at school and instill it with a magical power.

There are many ways to approach the theme -- show us what you can do, through fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. 

Writing Contest Rules

All submissions should be related to the theme: “Objects of Wonder.”

Entrants must be from Maine in grades 6-12 during the 2012-13 school year, or, if home-schooled, between the ages of 11 and 18.

Poems must be 40 lines or fewer, in any form. Prose pieces should be 750 words or fewer.

Send your submission to Attach your story as a .doc or .rtf file, or paste it into the body of the email.

Include this information with your submission: Name, Age, School, Email Address, Phone Number, Parents Names, Mailing Address.

The deadline for submission is February 15th, 2013.


A panel of writers will select one prose and one poetry winner.

Winners will be published in the May 2013 issue of Maine Magazine.

Both pieces will be developed to air on MPBN's 'Maine Things Considered' radio show.

A $200 cash prize will be awarded to one grand prize winner.

The grand prize winner will read their piece at our 2013 Big Night Event.

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