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Big Write Contest for Young Authors–Grades 4-8

on July 25, 2009


Write an original story that begins with the sentence: “It
sounded like someone was scratching at the window.” The story
may be scary, adventurous, humorous, or just plain fun.

Open to students in grades 4 through 8 in Fall of 2009 (or
home schoolers working at equivalent grade between ages 9 &
14). There will be six winners–three in each of the two grade
level categories for (1) Grades 4 & 5, and (2) Grades 6-8.
Winners will receive cash prizes of $100 for 1st place, $50
for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place, an Award Certificate,
and an invitation to read their winning entries before a live
audience at The Big Read festival on Saturday, October 10,

The winning stories will also be published on The Big
Read website at: www.bigread.net and all students that submit
qualified entries will receive a special commemorative bookmark
from The Big Read.

Deadline: September 4, 2009. Don’t forget
your entry form.

Judging will be based on originality, cohesiveness, spelling,
punctuation, and grammar. Each entry may not contain less than
250 words or more than 500 words.

Sponsored by the St. Louis
Writer’s Guild.


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