As I was saying, I spent a day, going through pics (like this one) and racking my brain, trying to come up with ideas for the Hallmark Card Competition. The theme, I should mention, was teens and birthdays and teens and Valentine’s Day. Piece ‘o cake, right?
Um…birthdays, fine. Valentine’s Day, not so much. Because eventually, I realized that it was supposed to be cards from adults to teens, not teens to teens. All I’m saying is that if you start thinking about Valentine’s cards from an adult to a teen, your brain strays into a very weird, pretty awkward place. Or maybe that’s just me.
The point is, all that awkwardness reminded me of Awkward Family Photos. Which has very little, if anything, to do with writing–or even a card competition (because you can’t use other people’s photos without permission). But it has a lot to do with awkward hilarity. And made me feel a whole lot better about the hours I spent, trying to write a funny Valentine’s card from an adult to a teen.
(And made me wonder about this: if you know enough to send your pic into Awkward Family Photos, why would you have that pic in the first place? Or is that just me?)
I spent ALL morning, trying to get my card entry to work for the Hallmark Greeting Card Competition for Teens. Honestly, it wasn’t that great of an idea but at a certain point, it comes down to principle, right? So I zipped over to the Facebook page for help and someone suggested I go through the contest link on the FB page. And voila! My sucky card uploaded. If you have an idea, you better hurry. The contest ends on the 22nd. On the other hand, it only takes about 3 minutes to enter, if you know the secret handshake. Which you do. Now.
But if you’re looking for something a little more child-writer-friendly, you might want to consider the Kay Snow Writing Contest. There are several categories, but the one I’m considering is the Juvenile story. There’s also a fee ($15.00) but the prizes are nice. You’ve got all weekend to work on your entry, then postmark it on Monday, the 23rd (the deadline).
And now, because I’ve got the hang of the Hallmark contest, I may try another. I wrote a poem for my post at The Muffin today that might work out. It’s not necessarily a good poem, but my first card entry wasn’t so good, either.
P.S. I bought that St. Patrick’s Day pin from a Hallmark store many, many years ago. So if they ever have a St. Paddy’s Day contest, I’ve got a really good caption.