Start August With Writing Fun

I cannot believe it’s already August, but calendars don’t lie (they do, however, mock you) so we need to get down to some writing business. Happily, it’s writing funny business!

I saw where Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader is having an Inanimate Object Photo Caption Contest. How fun is that? You only need to come up with a caption. Just a couple of brilliant words. That’s easy enough for the beginning of the end of summer, right? So take a look at the examples (I laughed out loud at the drunk octopus), grab your cameras, and start clicking and captioning.

I also saw that Pockets is having their Fiction Contest once again, and that should be fun if you’re in the mood to write a children’s story. Or maybe you have a story that just needs a bit of polishing before you send it out. Or maybe you’re going to take the story that you sent to the last Pockets Fiction Contest, change the names, and try again.

Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, take a look at their Writer’s Guidelines to get a feel of the Pockets kind of story and get ‘er done before the 15th.

And extra points (and a bronze medal, at least) if you can get those done while watching the Olympics.

Finding a Keeper Contest at Pockets!

As you know, I’m all about the contests.  And I guess if you didn’t know, you know now.

So, naturally, I was pretty excited to see that the Pockets’ Fiction contest had returned. (Last year, the contest was canceled for restructuring.) If you have a swell story for kids, between 750 and 1,00o words, you should send it in. There’s no particular theme and no entry fee. And even if you don’t have a story now, you have till August 15th to think up something brilliant and write it down.

Then you can send it off and enter the contest. That’s what I plan to do. Because I’m not just all about entering contests. I kinda like winning them, too!