2023 Circle C Writing Contest

Submissions accepted January 1 – April 15, 2023.

This is the official 2023 Circle C story-writing contest page. A nutshell of the rules is given below. Please download the PDF file and print it out, or click over to the page that spells out the official rules. Please do not submit your story until you have read every rule and understand how to send your stories.

Have questions? Please read the FAQs (frequently asked questions) first. If the answer to your question is not there, ask your question in a comment.

Quick Nutshell

  • 3 age categories and word counts:
    • Ages 6-9 (500-1,200)
    • Ages 10-13 (1,500-2,500)
    • Ages 14-17 (2,000-3,500)
  • Prizes awarded to first, second, and third place. Honorable mention receives the contest book.
  • You may submit up to 2 stories.
  • Deadline April 15, 2023.

Entries judged by Susan Marlow, Donna Patton, Colleen Reece, Annette Romano, Ellen Senechal, and Emily Sinclair.

First Place

  • $20 gift coupon to the Circle C Store
  • Any Circle C or Goldtown journal
  • Digital audio book
  • Circle C fun pack
  • Circle C tote bag
  • Contest book

Second Place

  • Any Circle C or Goldtown journal
  • Digital audio book
  • Circle C fun pack
  • Circle C tote bag
  • Contest book

Third Place

  • Circle C fun pack
  • Contest book
  • Digital audio book

Honorable Mention

  • Contest book
  • Circle C stickers

Prizes shipped to U.S. and APO addresses only.

Before You Submit

  • Check your word count. WordCounter.net
  • Include your name, age, email, and story title on the story file itself, not in the body of the email.

Sending your story assumes you have parent permission.

74 thoughts on “2023 Circle C Writing Contest

      1. I did! I read through the entire thing, and I even read the FAQs list, but still didn’t see anything about a prompt πŸ˜… Altho I did just wake up, so I might have overlooked smt

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      2. Hahaha ok ty! I wasn’t sure if you were going to, like wait until the contest actually started to give a prompt, and that this was just smt where we could get an idea of the contest was going to be like or smt else haha. Now I can start brainstorming tho!

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    1. @Sara M
      Mrs. M said that the winners would be getting a book with the winning stories. Soo… She is probably going to have a book.😊

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      1. No, only for the 2023 Annual Writing Contest. I do not do printed books for the seasonal contests, and I think that is what she was asking when she said 2022. πŸ™‚

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    1. In the past, I have had international winners but they provided a State-side address so they could have the book, etc.
      Unless the winner agreed to pay shipping (about $25+) for physical prizes to be shipped, I can only provide Digital prizes for International winners, which would include $$ to be able to buy the winner’s copy of the book from their country’s Amazon store, which I would PayPal. If the international winner is first place, I would PayPal the $20 so they could buy the books they wanted from Amazon. πŸ™‚

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  1. What do I do if I have absolutely no idea what to write about? I’m going to ask my family and friends, but most haven’t even read your books. My brother (the only family member who has read your Circle C books) might be planning on entering next year, so he’ll probably want to keep any ideas he might have.

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  2. Mrs. M., you should offer giftcards for the CC store. Whether in codes or actual cards, it would be nice. πŸ˜€πŸ™‚πŸ˜„

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      1. You should Andi! I know I would buy one and give the number to my friend so she could use in the CC store!

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  3. Mrs. Marlow,
    I know that you said in the rules and FAQs that those who have won the last contest cannot enter again, but I wanted to be absolutely clear before I start on a story I might not be able to enter!
    This is my last year to enter because of my age, but I have already won 3rd place in this category 2 years ago when you had your last annual contest. Does that mean that I cannot win again ever, since I’ve already won for my age category and this is my last year of eligibility?
    Thanks,
    ~Anna Elizabeth

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  4. I’m so excited to write my story!! ❀ ❀
    I loooove these contest Mrs M. Thank you so much for putting so much time and effort into them. They're are much appreciated! ❀

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  5. I’m planning to enter the contest but I had a quick question about which age group I should enter.

    I will be turning fourteen within the time frame of the contest, so should I enter the 14-17 category or the 10-13? I was going to enter the 14-17 age group, but I didn’t know for sure.

    I hope the question makes sense. I’m not the best at turning my thoughts into words.

    Thanks!

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    1. Whatever it says in the Official Rules (that you can download). Everything else is subject to finger slipping. LOL
      A. Ages 6-9 (500 – 1,200 words) (children may narrate story to a parent or older sibling)
      B. Ages 10-13 (1,500 – 2,500)
      C. Ages 14-17 (2,000 – 3,500 words)

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  6. Good evening! Do we need to put a specific title in the subject line on email so that you know the email is for the annual contest?

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    1. It’s going to be a one-time use coupon code especially created for each first-place winner. When you put products into the store’s cart and then enter the coupon code, it will take off $20 from your order (and give you free shipping). It can be used only one time and it will have an expiration date as well. So the winner will need to use all $20 at one time.

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  7. Hello Mrs M!
    If I entered a story into a SEASONAL contest a couple years back, could I revise it and enter it in the ANNUAL one?

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    1. Yes, but if it did not place the first time, I wonder if it has a good chance this time….. Honestly, I would create something new if I were you to give it a better chance.

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      1. It had placed top three in my age group, but it was a reader voting so it didn’t win. πŸ™‚
        Okay, thank you! ❀ ❀

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      2. Even though it didn’t actually win?
        I would re-write it and change it up a lot. Would that count?
        (sorry for so many questions! πŸ™‚ )

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      3. Well… remember that it did win in a way. It was picked by a judge before it went to the readers choice, Why don’t you just start over with a fresh idea and story? It gets very complicated if I let you be an exception.

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    1. Yes, but it has to go into the category of the oldest writer (say you are 12 and your co-author is 14, it must be submitted to the older category).
      Also, it is still ONE prize which you would have to work out on your own with your co-author. I send the prize to ONE address.
      Hope that helps.

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      1. great, thank you!!!
        i was gonna enter a story with my friend (Esther) and we live right by eachother so it would be fine with the prize πŸ™‚

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    1. Awesome!
      I started on mine, at least I think I’ll use this one as my contest story!
      Whats yours about? πŸ™‚ if you don’t mind me asking!
      Isn’t writing so much fun!?

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