Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Contests for Kids

USA/Canada - Photo-Poetry Contest

A Talent for Quiet is a wonderful book by author Kim Chatel, which I reviewed here on The Book Chook blog. The book tells the story of a shy young girl who begins to bond with her new stepfather through sharing his love of photography. At the back of the book is a section that encourages young readers to try using a camera themselves.

To celebrate the release of A Talent for Quiet, Chatel Village is hosting a Photo-Poetry contest for kids in the US and Canada. The rules are simple, send in a photo and a poem to go along with it. Photos can be of any subject and poems can be any length. Send a flower photo with a 3 line Haiku or an action photo with an epic poem. Your choice.

The winning entry will receive a digital photo frame, courtesy of Dan’s Camera City, as well as a 3 book prize pack from Kim Chatel. Two honorable mentions will also receive the book prize packs. The first 96 photos/poems will be published in an ebook, and be available as a free download from Guardian Angel Publishing. Contest runs from September 1st , 2009 to January 31st, 2010.

Spread the word among the kids you know! Full contest guidelines are available at Chatel Village.

Australia - Lord Sunday Poster Competition

Do you know and love The Keys of the Kingdom series by Garth Nix? Did you know that Lord Sunday, the conclusion to the series, will be published in 2010? Design a poster about Lord Sunday for the chance to win glory, books and cash.

Get creative and you could be in the running to win a complete set of Keys to the Kingdom books (including a hot-off-the-press copy of Lord Sunday), signed by Garth Nix, plus $250 cash!

The winner's poster design will be professionally printed and showcased during Garth Nix's tour for Lord Sunday early next year. Closing date for entries is 30th November 2009. The winner will be determined by Garth Nix.

More details at the website.

UK (plus a section for International ESL) - Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition 2009

To link with the theme of National Poetry Day 2009, the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf is asking children aged 7-11 to write a poem on the theme of ‘Heroes and Heroines’. Eligible age groups: 7-8 and 9-11. Poems must be no longer than 25 lines.

Submissions will be free, and can be emailed to us or sent by post, and will be accepted from Thursday 10th September 2009.

Learn more at the website. Grab free downloads about writing poetry with kids!

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