History

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Since 1998, the members of Theta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, have managed the Children's Writing Contest, an annual project in which we take submissions from young writers and create a book of winning prose and poetry. For the first several years, the contest was open to K-8th grade students.

Four years ago, we reorganized the Children's Writing Contest and expanded the contest. We now have two contests, the Children's Writing Contest, for students in kindergarten to sixth grade, and the Young Adults' Writing Contest, for seventh through twelfth grade students.

This project is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable experiences for the members of the Theta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. This past year we had over 700 submissions from all over western Wisconsin. Each grade typically has 2-3 winners (selected by members of the Theta Zeta chapter and other interested English students). Each winner receives a copy of the winners' booklet with his or her submission included, an age-appropriate book of prose or poetry picked by Sigma Tau Delta members, and a writing journal.

Submissions

Submissions are typically due in early March. The winners are asked to attend an awards ceremony to be held in late April or early May during UWEC's English Festival. At this ceremony the winners receive their prizes and read their entries for the attendees.

If you would like to download the pdf version of the Children's Writing Contest form, click this link. For the Microsoft Office Word version of the Children's Writing Contest form, click this link. If you would like to download the pdf version of the Young Adult's Writing Contest form, click this link. For the word version of the Young Adult's Writing Contest form, click this link.

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Guidelines

~Each student may submit up to two original works
~Maximum length of a work is the equivalent of five pages double spaced
~Each submission should have its own cover sheet which must be signed by both the student and a parent/guardian
~Submissions you would like returned must be accompanied by a self addressed, stamped envelope (please use suficient postage)


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