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Write the World Album Review Contest

Music review contest

We’ve all waited until the last minute to write that big essay for school, or frantically scribbled down responses to homework questions five minutes before class starts. In school writing is a chore, an assignment crumpled at the bottom of a backpack. But where would we be without writing? Society is built on writing from legal jargon to messages to friends to books, magazines, and movie scripts. Writing is essential to success.

That’s the mission of Write the World, “an online based creative writing platform for teens ages 13-18.” Write the World works to improve the writing of high school students by developing the expression of students’ unique voice, teaching editing skills, and facilitating the publishing of students’ works.

Whether you’re an aspiring poet, a science writer, novelist, sports journalist, or green activist, there is a place for you with Write the World. On the Write the World website you can find an extensive and ever-changing library of prompts to develop your skills, refine your voice, explore diverse styles, and develop your personal portfolio. If you’re a competitive type, looking for a challenge, or want professional feedback on your work, you can enter a competition. As a member of the Write the World community, you interact with other like-minded teens through peer reviews and writing groups dedicated to a specific genre of writing.

Right now, you can enter the Album Review competition. Maybe you play music, or maybe you’re constantly plugged in to your iPod. Either way, this competition is a unique opportunity to explore a writing genre that you would never encounter in school. What’s that album that you’ve been listening to non-stop for the past week? Who’s that artist who takes you to another place? Write a review of your favorite album, then submit it for professional review. Who knows? You may even discover your hidden talent for music journalism!

The winning entrant will receive $100, and the runner-up and best peer-reviewer will receive $50.  Final Submissions Due: Tuesday, April 14.  Check out this website for entry details

–RuthMabel, Greenwood 

GWD

Win $150! 2015 Teen Video Challenge

Teen-video-challenge-bannerThe Washington State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) have launched the 2015 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.

Teens are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2015 teen slogan “Unmask” in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve teens in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience. The winning video will be named one of the CSLP 2015 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide.

$150 will be awarded to the creators of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes worth at least $50 from CSLP and Demco/Upstart. Winners will be announced by CSLP in April 2015.

For full details about the CSLP 2015 Teen Video Challenge and to find out how to enter Washington’s competition, please visit http://1.usa.gov/1u6Qr14

Want to see the 2012 winner, representing Tacoma Public Library?  Teeler won $150 – why not you?

 

Free money: Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship

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Write about civic courage.

Win a $5,000 scholarship.

Who is your local hero?

The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition. High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle are invited to participate.

The competition asks students to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

Essays must be submitted online between January 1 – March 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in May 2015. Winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at The Seattle Public Library and will be given directly to the participant’s school on their behalf.

1st Place: $5,000 scholarship

2nd Place: Two $2,500 scholarships

Judges
Thanks to our many leading historians and authors who have agreed to act as judges and evaluate submissions, including our blue ribbon scholarship judges:

Research Assistance
Research assistance is available from librarians at The Seattle Public Library at all 27 library locations.

Other resources:
Special Collections at The Seattle Public Library

HistoryLink.org
University of Washington Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project

From ’round the web…YALSA wants Teen Bloggers!

YALSA HUBCHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its Teen Read Week Teen Blogging contest in conjunction with YALSA’s blog, The Hub.

Teens aged 12 -18 can sign up now through August 1, 2014 to participate in the contest for a chance to guest blog for YALSA’s ya lit blog, The Hub.  Selected teens will blog about a wide range of topics related to YA literature while also further developing their writing and blogging skills.

Blog posts written by the teen bloggers to be featured during the week of October 12 -18 in celebration of Teen Read Week.  Selected participants will be notified in August.  More details and guidelines about the contest are on the Teen Read Week website under the Teen Corner tab.  Teen Read Week is slated for Oct. 12 -18 this year with the theme Turn Your Dreams into Reality @ your library.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by YALSA.  It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October.  Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW14.

The Hub launched in 2011 in order to provide a one-stop-shop for finding information about teen reads, including recommendations for great teen reads, information about YALSA lists and awards.  Librarians, library workers, YA literature enthusiasts and teens create the content.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA visit the website, call, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail.

If you’re gonna write for them, might as well write for Push to Talk, too, right?!?  Give us your best manga (book/tv/movie/play) review, send it to us, we’d love to give you your own blog post right here!

We want your Divergent fan-creations!

DivergentHey Divergent fans! Thanks for the great response to last week’s trivia question. You guys rocked it.

We have another exciting opportunity for you to win either: passes to the advanced showing on March 18th (in theaters on March 21st) or an amazing prize pack of Divergent swag.

Here’s what you do: send us your best Divergent fan-creation. Art, short fiction, video, and so on. Anything that you’ve made (and are willing for us to share on the blog) to show your Divergent love (while keeping it PG-13, lol). Simply e-mail your work to us and you’ll be entered to win! Plus, we’ll make you blog-famous when we share them here. Winners will be notified by e-mail.

Any questions? Put it in the Comments or e-mail us. Good luck!

Free money: Stim Bullitt scholarship essay contest: win $5000 for college!

stimbullitt_vert_notag_cmyk Thinking about college but worrying about paying for it? High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle are invited to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington State who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

The Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship essay contest is awarding $5000 to the best essay addressing civic courage. Hopefully by now your essay is all finished, because today is the deadline!

 

 

Free Money! Stim Bullitt scholarship essay contest – win $5000!

stimbullitt_vert_notag_cmyk Thinking about college but worrying about paying for it? High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle are invited to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington State who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.

The Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship essay contest is awarding $5000 to the best essay addressing civic courage. You may figure that a prize of that magnitude will demand the best writing from Seattle students, and you’re right, but help is on the way. For starters, who will you write about? You’ll need to find someone from Washington State, but locating a list of courageous Washingtonians may not be easy. That’s why research assistance is available from our librarians at all of our locations and we are offering one more special workshop to support students in their research:

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at the Central Library, Level 10, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Room.

The contest is open from January 2 to February 28, 2014.