Highlights Fiction Contest Right Around the Corner

Yes, you can seMy dentist gave me his old Highlights!nd in your wonderful stories to Highlights Magazine whenever you like. But wouldn’t you like to send in your story and win big bucks, too?

I’m all about winning the big bucks. So, I send something into this contest every year. So far, the $1,000 has eluded me. But this could be the year. If I can write a terrific Contemporary world-cultures ¬†story, postmark it between January 1 and January 31, 2009, and keep the length under 800 words, I’m halfway to the money.

And you know what else is swell? I can take the $1,000 OR tuition for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua! I’ve always wanted to go to Chautauqua (Could that be any harder to spell?)!

But first, I have to write a Contemporary world-cultures story. Hold on a sec-

First, I have to figure out what the heck a Contemporary world-cultures story is. Any ideas?

(Maybe there’s a clue here at Highlights.)

Picture Yourself Winning the ABC Competition!

No more excuses. If you have a great children’s picture book story, give it a quick¬†polish and send it into the ABC’s Fifth Annual Competition!

Here’s how it works: You send your manuscript of 1,000 words or less that will appeal to ages 2 thru 8 years. The brilliant folks over at ABC Books will take a look to see if your story has potential. If they judge your story to be a winning possibility, they slap it onto their website, choose an illustrator to draw a scene, then ask viewers/readers to vote on your story. If you win the most votes, they publish 1,000 copies of your book!

Ah, but here’s the rub. If you don’t win, your story has been published. And maybe you had a simply splendiferous story that you didn’t do such a good job marketing. Sort of like the hard, cruel world of publishing. So, if you’re not the self-promoting type, this contest may not be for you.

On the other hand, if you’re not the self-promoting type, you may never get a book published. Period.

(Check it out anyway here. And please let me know if your story makes it. I’d love to vote for you!)