Finding A Blog, a Booklist, and Your Byline

In my zipping around on the wacky world of the web, I often come across terrific info and bookmark it-then forget to EVER go back and actually read up on the info. Kinda defeats the purpose, right?

So, I found that when I share these info-tastic links here on Finders & Keepers, I’m less likely to forget. And more likely to read up. Plus, you get to check out the info-tastic links, too. It’s a win-win-win!

First up, I came across a fun blog called The Writer’s Alley, wherein that old bugaboo, “Show, Don’t Tell,” was discussed. And within the post, I found a delightful link to an interesting worksheet that might be helpful if you struggle with this bit of a sticky writer wicket.

Next, I loved, loved, loved¬†this site called Flashlight Worthy, with handpicked book recommendations on bunches of topics. I bookmarked the Children’s Books page which will take you to lots of different lists. Like Picture Books we Love to Hate or Books If You Like Cinderella. Seriously, I could spend a month reading these lists.

And finally, I found the latest Highlights Current Needs. Increase your chances of seeing your byline in the magazine by sending in something that Highlights needs. I’m partial to that “humorous stories” for young readers on the list, but there’s plenty to go around, no matter what you like to write.

That should keep you busy. Unless you bookmark this post to read for later!

Keeping up with the Highlights Fiction Contest 2010

I’m ending 2009 with a great way to start 2010: The Highlights Fiction Contest!

With three (Yes, three!) prizes worth $1,000 each (Yes, $1,000!) AND no entry fee,¬† it’s crazy not to give this contest a try. Which is why every year, between January 1 and 31st, I write a story and send it to the folks at Highlights.

I haven’t won this contest yet, but the stories I’ve written for the Highlights Fiction Contest have won in other children’s fiction contests. So, technically, that’s a win, right? Which is why I’m starting my year, thinking about family stories (the theme for this year’s contest). As the saying goes, I’ve got a million of ’em.

I just have to clean them up a bit for the kiddies!

(Find all the details here, and read EVERYTHING! Including a couple of issues of Highlights Magazine for Kids!)

Finding Highlights Writing Tips


I had zipped over to the Highlights Magazine website to check on a contributor’s guideline or two when I came across this sentence:

“For more tips and information of interest to writers, visit”

Huh. I’d completely missed that little gem of a keeper. So, off I zipped to check it out. And when I clicked on Writer’s Tips, I struck gold! I was having so much fun, I clicked on the second spot that those helpful folks at Highlights suggested: Highlights for Kids!

I get the newsletter delivered to my Inbox and read it every month. Because if you want to write for a magazine, then you should know what that magazine publishes, right? And besides, I love those Hidden Pictures. And I can actually win some of those games.

So, maybe this won’t be the year I make a Highlights conference. But I can take advantage of the writing tips that all those gifted writers have shared over the years. And maybe I’ll strike gold with the next article or craft I send to Highlights.

That would be almost as awesome as finding all the objects in the Hidden Pictures.