“It is with words as with sunbeams.
The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.”
It’s still a little after five in the morning here, but that’s an improvement, given that I slept most of the night through, and only had to take a three hour nap yesterday. Ah, jet-lag. Perhaps I shall miss thee. Or not.
Harvey did not pour the basement floor yesterday (he’s waiting, I think, for the color additive to arrive…Sombero Buff, to be specific), but he did send some of his men to erect concrete walls around the last-minute add of the tornado room/storm shelter. Which, given the craaaazy weather we’ve had around here over the past year, will be a slight comfort to have.
SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE FICTION PRIZE
NO ENTRY FEE
Submit between August 12, 2008 and December 31, 2008. All entries must include an original fiction short story of no more than 500 words. One grand-prize winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and a trip for two to have lunch with Meg Cabot in either New York City or Key West, Fla. Prize includes airfare and standard hotel accommodations (one room, double occupancy) for a one (1) night stay, a high-performance laptop powered by Intel (approximate retail value: $1,500) and will have their story published in a 2009 issue of Seventeen magazine. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and Canada who are female and are ages 13 to 21 in their state or province of residence at time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, Quebec Province and where prohibited by law.
Addresses the needs and interests of the youth baseball player, parent, and coach. Covering the 7 to 17-year-old age range (with emphasis on the 10-14 year old experience), Junior Baseball is the magazine for the kids who play the game. The standard rate for text is 20� per published word for adult writers (18+).
Player’s Story’ – Written by the kids themselves. One player per issue will tell about his best day, worst game, a lesson learned, etc. Should include his opinion – what he thinks, as well as his description of the experience. Articles must be written by the child; the editors will correct grammar if necessary. (Approx. 500 words) Pays $50.
SECOND ANNUAL ACTORS’ THEATRE YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS CONTEST
$5 ENTRY FEE
Actors’ Theatre continues its groundbreaking efforts to bring new playwrights and exciting, innovative theater to our area, by putting the quills in the hands of our youth! The winning plays will receive staged readings with age appropriate actors during the Young Writers’ Festival Weekend, April 2009. Writers must be between the ages of 16 and 19 and plays must be postmarked by December 31, 2008. Three categories of plays will be considered:
** “Short shorts”: Run-time of 5 minutes or less
** 10 minute plays: No more than 10 pages long
** One-act plays: Run-time of 30 minutes or less
JIM HARRELL POETRY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
To encourage the youth of Alabama to pursue literary exploration and excellence. First place $1,000 scholarship, second place $500 scholarship, five honorable mentions $100 scholarship each. Open to any high school senior in the State of Alabama who intends to enroll at the University of Montevallo. Submit one poem no more than 100 lines long. Deadline February 1, 2009.