Thursday, May 14, 2009

Stories for Children Magazine Announces Amazing but True (nonfiction) Contest

/24-7 / -- For this new annual contest, send Stories for Children Magazine an amazing event or true story (nonfiction) for children. What age group you choose—3 to 6, 7 to 9, or 10 to 12—is up to you, but remember the event or story has to be true and for children, which means no sexual content, violence, or anything related to drugs.

Submissions will be accepted between May 4, 2009, and July 30, 2009.

Who may enter? Adults (18 and older)

Contest Fee: $10

Contest Prizes:

The top article in each age group category will be published in the following months:
Ages 3-6 winner: September SFC issue
Ages 7-9 winner: October SFC issue
Ages 10-12 winner: November SFC issue

The SFC Amazing but True Grand Prize Winner: December SFC issue

In addition to being published in Stories for Children Magazine, all winners will receive a Winner's Certificate and

• SFC Grand Prize: 3 months' membership in the Children's Writers' Coaching Club (an $81 value). For more information visit
• 1st Place in each age group category: a one-year subscription to Children's Writer (a $19 value). For more information visit

All entries may be considered for publication in Stories for Children Magazine at a future date.

Contest Rules:
Your article must be for one of the following age groups at Stories for Children Magazine:
• DISCOVERY (ages 3-6): Learning about the world around them. WORD COUNT: 150 to 400
• HOW AND WHY (ages 7-9): Understanding the how and why of things. WORD COUNT: 400 to 800
• TELL ME MORE (ages 10-12): Covering the basics and digging deeper for a better understanding of their world. WORD COUNT: 500 to 1200

Your maximum word count, not including your title and byline, may not exceed the word count listed in the age group you choose.

Winners will be selected based on quality and appeal to our readership here at Stories for Children Magazine.

Submission Guidelines:
Any original, unpublished piece not accepted by another publisher at the time of entry is eligible. A $10 contest entry fee is required.

All submissions must be emailed as Word.doc attachments to by midnight July 30, 2009, with "Amazing, But True Contest Submission" in the subject line. We are unable to open RTF or DOCX files.

Your name, contact information, word count, and date of submission should be in the top right-hand corner of your attached entry. Your title should be one-third of the way down the first page, with your byline directly underneath the title. If you are using a pen name, please indicate this in a cover letter. Use only Times New Roman or Arial 12-point font. All submissions must be single-spaced with no indentations and a blank line to indicate paragraphs.

An invoice will be sent via PayPal for the contest fee of $10.

No mail-in entries will be accepted.

No acknowledgement of receipt of entries will be sent.

Multiple entries are allowed, but must be sent in separate emails. Each entry must include a separate entry fee.

Entries that do not follow submission and format guidelines may be disqualified.

SFC staff members will serve as contest judges and are ineligible to enter.

Be sure to check out the May 2009 issue of SFC Magazine for the magnificent articles and stories, and Dave Manousos' Featured Guest Author interview.

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