Current Contest


THIS COVER AND TITLE WON THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING THE 2023 CONTEST BOOK

The next current contest launches January 1, 2023 as the first Annual Contest in two years (the last one was hosted in 2021). I’m very excited. As the launch date draws nearer, I will keep this page updated. Eventually, a button link will take you over to the Official Annual Contest Page, which will tell you everything you need to know about writing and submitting your entry.

My first suggestion is that you head over to the Annual Contest and read as many stories as you can from the age category you are interested in entering. You will get an idea of the kinds of stories that rose to the top during those contests. Here is the word count for each age category:

  • Ages 6-9: up to 1,000 words
  • Ages 10-13: 1,500 – 2,500 words
  • Ages 14-17: 2,000 – 3,500 words

Here is the cover everyone voted on! The title of the contest book is Under a Painted Sky.


Questions? Ask in the comments or Contact Mrs. M >>


To see winners of past contests (with links to their stories), go to Past Contests >> or Annual Contests >>

985 thoughts on “Current Contest

  1. One small question; do second place and third place get a prize as well as first place? And then the honorable mentions, i know, get a ebook of the book with their story in it

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      1. Well, that’s not exactly the reason, because real “authors” are not allowed to submit to a young person’s contest. But it sounds good.
        The real reasons is because “18” is officially an adult, and the contest is not for adults. πŸ™‚ Sorry! And a 14 year old has enough competition with a 17 year old already. (although a 15 year old has won before)

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      1. Guess I shouldn’t start writing then. I just thought if it was just a story about Andi or one other character from the Andi series then I could start writing now.

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  2. Thanks, Jesea! Apparently, he hasn’t been born yet! The midwifes have calculated the due date wrong, so one of his due dates was yesterday, and another was Monday!! Every day my dad’s like, “Today’s your brothers birthday!!” and he hasn’t turned out to be right just yet!! I’ll let you know when he’s born!! I can’t wait!!😊

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    1. Hi Emmalee, I deleted your email comment. You should never put your email up in a public comment anywhere on the Internet. If you want to share emails with anyone, ask me to share the two emails with each other (and you have to have parent permission, BTW).

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  3. And he’s HUGE!!! Noah’s about 22 inches long!!! And he’s really chubby, which makes him super cute!!! My mom’s gonna need a lot of rest!! He was born at 6:10 am. I got suspicious when at 6:58 am, Grace, my oldest sister, came in and said, “Two minutes!” Everyone was there! My Grammy and Grandpa, Mamaw, three midwifes, and our tenant!! Soooooo awesome!! My Grandpa bought cinnamon rolls, and large milkshakes from Whataburger!! This day has been fun so far!! β€πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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  4. He’s the cutest in the world!! Mom’s recovering quickly. Brianna, do you have any brothers?? I have four, counting Noah. And I have four sisters, not counting me. Your birthday is August 10?? So cool! How old are you??πŸ‘© This one looks like me!!

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  5. Yes!! I have four brothers, and four sisters!! Here there are in age order: Grace, 13, Andrew, 12, Me, 11, Miriam, 9, David, 7, Jonathan, 5, Susanna, 3, Esther, 1, and Noah, 1 day! Yep, that’s us!!πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

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    1. Since the Carter kids must go to school until they are 16, yes, he was in his final year since he was 15 when Father died in the spring. Then … Ohh, just making this up…. He dropped out and did not finish the term

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  6. I don’t know if more people would enter the Annual more then the Seasonal (bigger prizes; stories go into a book), or less people would enter (stricter rules; no prompts). but also there’s three age groups and your blog has grown in followers since your las Annual contest Mrs. M…

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    1. Historically, many, many more young writers enter the annual contest than the seasonal “for fun” contests. We shall see what happens this year, since it’s been awhile since I’m hosted the annual contest.

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  7. Hi… So when you said the next seasonal contest starts January 1 does that mean the specific topic that we need to write about comes out that day?

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    1. There is no seasonal contest in January. January 1 launches the ANNUAL contest, which is a much bigger deal. You will get the rules (a whole page) but there is no topic or prompt. You can pretty much write whatever you want, so long as it has to do with the Circle C or Goltown in some way.

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    1. When I am not doing an annual contest then I have time to do contests (smaller ones) maybe three times a year. Since I have not hosted an Annual Contest since 2019-20, I thought it would be fun. So…. Since the prizes for first place are more valuable and there are so many winners in the annual contest (12 in all) at various levels, I’m putting the seasonal contest on hold.

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  8. Maybe next year we can go back to the seasonal contests? Although i voted for an annual contest, i would like more contests a year. Also, we get prompts in seasonal contests☺

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    1. Depends on what you mean by “next year.” LOL If you mean 2024, that is possible, but 2023 is the “year of the annual contest,” which doesn’t end until April or May. By the time I get the prizes out and get the book up on Amazon, it would not be until maybe FALL of 2023 that would be the earliest to put on a seasonal contest. However, writers might want another annual contest. They are a big deal and it’s very cool to have your story in a real book that people can buy from Amazon.
      Regarding prompts. That is the hardest thing for me to do .. . . think up prompts for seasonal contests. I have to wrack my brain.

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