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Monthly 2024 Mini Story “Contest” – Just Submit Your Story – Any Story!

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Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

Thank you for being part of our enthusiastic community. We're grateful for all that you bring to our world and wish you a year full of health, peace, laughter, and creative energy.

To celebrate our 15th Anniversary in 2024, we'll be hosting a Monthly Challenge for all writers who would like to participate. These fun activities are open to anyone ages 7+, including alumni and parents.



OUR MAY CONTEST CHALLENGE 

is now OPEN!

Challenge: Just Submit a Story, Poem, or Essay, Comic, or Video!

May Story Contest


To submit your stories, please send them to: [email protected].

Include:

  • Parent's Name
  • Parent's Email Address
  • Child's Name
  • Child's Name to be displayed if chosen
  • Child's Age
  • A Google Docs Link, Word Doc, Apple Pages, or photos of handwritten & illustrated pages of your story
  • Permission to upload to our blog (Yes or No).


We look forward to reading your story!


Royd Hatta & Shu-Hsien Ho
Writing Coaches




Our April Story Contest has wrapped up!

Check out the winning stories below!

April Story Contest 2024

Congratulations, April 2024 Winners!


All About Super Cat! by Nita

Circle of Friends by Max Chen

How a Mouse Became a Prince by Max Chen

A Rainbow Realization by Olivia Chen

All About Golf and Its Benefits by Justin

XWolf - An Excerpt by Vedaant

Grim Reaper - Chapter 2 by Megan W.

The WORLD Above by Sharanya

Opposites Attract by Kalpana Mudambi

Eclipse by Ivy

Chef Galileo Cubed by Beata Ang-Dutta (Declined to Share) 



April's Story Prompt: 

Friends, Allies, Teams 

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 Or, CONTINUE with a current story. 


April's Challenge:


"Make us Curious" and "Make us say, "Whoa!" 

"Make us Worry" and "Make us Care!"


Regarding this month's "friends" prompt, ponder these questions:

Do best friends like each other the first time they meet?

How does a friend or ally complement each other? In other words, how do their differences help each other out?

Do they annoy each other sometimes? 

Can they become a team to work towards the same goal?



Our March Story Contest has wrapped up!

Check out the winning stories below!

March Story Contest 1

Congratulations, 

March 2024 Winners!


The Adventures of Red and White on Catalina Island by Andrew Horng


Blood Moon: The Chinese New Year Celebration by "Jack" (Edith T.)


Father Seabird by Max Chen


The Lost Island by Myka MacGregor


The Mysteries of the Platypus by Yulia O'Neil


Migration Journey by Sharanya Sridhar


The Sharks' Treasure by Neha


Vignetteβ€”My Name by Ivy Yu


My Life As A Teenage Grim Reaper by Megan W.


Cake Survival - Part II (The Dark Wizard, Clues In A Cake) by Conner Seeker


Self-Love And Encounter by Yongqing Feng (Declined to Share)


Congratulations, Everyone!


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March Story Prompt:   Mystery!

Write a story about

a mysterious creature, 

a strange or odd happening,

or someone who finds clues to find the missing...(fill in the blank)!


Intermediate Challenge: 

1) In January & February we ask you to "Make us Worry" and "Make us Care!"

2) This time, "Make us Curious" and "Make us say, 'Whoa.'"

Tip: Feel free to have "high action" that take place quickly, BUT also try to slow it down.

Creep up to something daunting. Draw out the tension. Make us sit on the edge of our seats.


Here's an example:


Too fast:

Maddy ran into the woods, found the crystal apple on the tree, and grabbed it.

(Kind of fast, right?)


Slowed down:

Try sprinkling in BADTOD  (Backstory, Action, Dialogue, Thoughts, Observations, and Description).  Here's an example. 

Maddy remembered the old Wizard's words (Mini Backstory). "Find the glimmering apple above. But know the roots below." She said it under her breath. She stepped on the yellowing leaves, crunching their brittle warped veins and canopies. (Mini Thought)What glimmers in an old apple orchard? Maddy scanned up and down, and the four directions, for a spark of light hidden in the rows and rows of trees. (Mini Description) The trees seem to be frozen in a tormented twist, tangled in its own branches. Some trees pawed at the sky as if they were caught in a snare. Maddy's hands trembled and heart cowered in her chest. She stopped and stepped back. A thin branch snapped under her boots. (Mini Thought) Maybe this crystal apple is just an old legend. A dream grandmother told me. This is ridiculous. What am I doing out here...alone? That's when she saw a glint, like a star. It sparkled again deep in a far away tree. She smiled and stepped towards it.

Now it's your turn!

To submit your stories for the next monthly challenge, please send them to: [email protected].




Our February Story Contest has wrapped up!

Check out the winning stories below!

February Story Mod 2024 Mid

Our January Story Contest has wrapped up!

Check out the winning stories below!

January Story Contest 2024


Congratulations, 

January 2024 Winners!


Holiday Swan

by Emma

Handwritten on lined paper, Emma created a fun story between two friends, a baby Holiday Swan and a wolf. Holiday Swan has the power to control holidays. (Love it!) When Holiday Swan's sister goes missing, leaving only a feather, she and Wolf follow the trail of feathers and paw tracks. Uh-oh.


Starwitch Academy

by Myka M. (Age 10)

Lando (a boy) and Lunar (a girl) are siblings admitted to a school where they have to avoid lava, learn to ride dragons, fall from a great height, and stop within inches of the ground! Lunar writes in her journal, studies for magic tests, and battles a sharp-toothed, hairy, green monster with the help of her brother. (We loved the fun, quirky academy setting and characters!)


Broke (the no money kind)

Ming-Shan W. (Age 8 almost 9)

Oh my gosh. This short but HILARIOUS courtroom story is about a 25-year-old woman who stole a $500 limited edition Gum-ee Wormz packet. The popularity of the Gum-ee Wormz skyrocketed in value so the judge is making her pay its current worth of $47,000! But she only has $3,000 because she's an Amazon engineer! Oh no! (This makes me cry with laughter!)


Lost

by Kalpana M. (Age 11)

A girl and some passengers leave a malfunctioning spaceship and transfer to another. When they take a spacewalk, their new Star Cruiser malfunctions and they drift away. Luckily, they can reach the nearby Earth-like planet called Lost and discover its beauty. The problem is no one escapes because of its intense gravity. The only way to leave by ship is when the moon is in front of you for five minutes! (We loved the epic image of the old, but newly built spaceship rising from the ground in this piece!)


Spy School Adventures

Sahas S. (Age 7)

"One day in The Mystery School for Spies, a student called Plats (a platypus) went missing." The spy school is investigating why people are missing in Atlanta. When they send more kid agents, they discover Plats and the other people are trapped in robots and are controlled by a microchip by a villain named the Smart Troll. (This cracked us up with its epic fight between robots spewing jellybeans as the spies attacked with their nunchucks. But we were amazed at how close this story summary was to James Patterson's story summary style. Whoa.)


Check the articles below

XWolf – An Excerpt

May 3, 2024

Eclipse

May 3, 2024

The WORLD Above