EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY:
Writing is more than an assignment. It is a means of communicating your ideas,
persuading others, and engaging the world. Extra credit will be given each 9-weeks
when students write for an audience outside of class. This is a great way to try to get
published as well as a perfect experience for what writers go through in the submission
process. Additionally, if you do get published, this is a great thing to put on applications
to honor society, colleges, and scholarships. It is never too early to build your résumé!

Each of these will be a free 100 daily grade. Only one per 9-weeks. (Although you are
certainly allowed to submit to any of these at any time!) Guidelines – length, tutorials,
submission guidelines – must be followed to receive the points. CHECK THE

What you MUST do to get credit for class:
  1. Submit the essay to the teacher in advance. You can e-mail it if you desire.
  2. Come in for one-on-one revision/editing suggestions during tutorials on Monday
      or Wednesday mornings. If this is not feasible (you ride the bus) I can reply back
      to e-mailed essays within MS Word
  3. Submit. For online submissions make sure you have a copy of receipt (it may be
      a screen shot if you can’t print). For e-mailed submissions, you can screen shot
      your “sent” item. For paper submissions, bring in the submission with the
      envelope and postage unsealed. I will send it for you after looking at it.
  4. Give paper copy of finished essay with proof of submission to the teacher if it is
      submitted electronically.
  5. Tell me if you get published!

What you MUST do to submit:
  1. Go on the website to make sure you are meeting the guidelines for content and
      length. Some places have VERY specific content guidelines. It is up to you to do
      this research!
  2. Pay very close attention to requirements for submission..i.e. how they take
      submissions, if you include your name, if you put it in the body of your e-mail.
      Publishers will reject anything that is not submitted EXACTLY how they want.

Time sensitive submissions:
The Redwing’s Nest: http://theredwingsnest.org/left-nav/submissions/ October 1st

Do The Write Thing – this is a writing competition in which writing and permission form
are due October 31st. READ DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY! Since it is against the
competition rules to get teacher feedback, there is no feedback required. However,
parents/guardians must sign signature page and the essay must be submitted
EXACTLY how the contest demands. Essays and permission forms directly to teacher.
Amazing Kids Short Story Contest: http://mag.amazing-kids.org/ This competition is
from June 30th – August 30th for 14 and younger. For that reason, submissions will be
given in an envelope with stamp to the teacher (do not seal envelope). Extra credit will
go on the grading period, but the teacher will hold on to the envelope until the 20 th when
she will seal it and submit it for you. Follow same tutorial procedure as Teen Ink.

All year long submissions:
NPR’s This I Believe: http://thisibelieve.org/educators/ Click on “Download the
Brochure” and follow guidelines..

Teen Ink: http://www.teenink.com/submit This is only available if you are at least 13.
(Sorry!) They accept fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Skipping Stones: http://www.skippingstones.org/submissions.htm Make sure the piece
is appropriate for this publication.

Stone Soup: http://www.stonesoup.com/stone-soup-contributor-guideline/ This is for 13
and younger.

BRICK rhetoric: http://brickrhetoric.org/submit.aspx Make sure the piece is appropriate
for this publication.

Creative Kids: http://www.prufrock.com/client/client_pages/prufrock_jm_ck_wg.cfm
Make sure the piece is appropriate for this publication.

Frodo’s Notebook: http://frodosnotebook.com/submit.html This is for 13 and older.

Launch Pad: http://www.launchpadmag.com/write/ This is for 6-14.

Liminal: http://liminaljournal.com/submissions/ This is for 13-19.

Louiseville Review: http://www.louisvillereview.org/ Please make sure to look at the
submissions guidelines tab and scroll down to “Children’s Corner”

Middle School Beat:

Speak Up Press: http://speakuppress.org/submissions/ This is for 13-19.

Teen Voices: http://www.teenvoices.com/2009/11/17/get-published/ This is for girls 13-

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