Our team has been planning, praying, and preparing for the conference. Even if you can’t join us this year, please pray for us as we seek to encourage writers to witness to the Lord through books, articles, and devotionals for children and young adults.
After our five judges reviewed the entries, votes were tallied up and “The Costume Closet” by Carolyn Bennett Fraiser is the winner for our Picture Book Manuscript Contest. For her imaginative story, Carolyn wins free registration to our writers conference, an engraved plaque, and a free detailed critique of her winning entry.
Honorable mention goes to Michele Jones, who came in 2nd with her delightful barnyard story titled “Lady the Butterfly.”
We promised a writing webinar and will post details as soon as they are finalized!
Photo credit: The National Archives Teens and Tweens! In honor of the Fourth of July, this post is for you! Whether you’re a history buff or just someone who loves a challenge, here’s a holiday contest that will stump most adults in the U.S.! See entry details and rules after the questions to enter!
How many of us think about why we celebrate July 4 (also known as “Independence Day”)?
We may think of barbecues, picnics, sparklers, fireworks, or family trips. But how often do we remember the document which marked the start of a new nation?
Here are 10 Questions to test your knowledge of U.S. history and events connected with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. How many answers do you (and your family and friends) know?
Adults may help students find resources, but students should read information and write an original story, poem, or journal entry/entries in their own words. **Creative writing pieces must include specific answers to at least FOUR of the 10 questions, listing the source(s) where information/answers were found. Entries without sources will not be accepted.
In what year was the Declaration of Independence written and signed?
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Was the original version of the Declaration the one that was signed?
How many men signed the Declaration?
What was the name of the group/meeting where the Declaration was discussed and signed? In what city did the meeting take place?
Was this a publicly announced meeting? Why or why not?
How many colonies were represented?
What were their main reasons for wanting independence? What country had authority over the colonies at this time? What was the name of the king?
Name the first battle which preceded the Declaration and the war which resulted from the decision to declare independence.
Was the Constitution of the United States, which was completed and signed September 17, 1787, the original document governing the newly established country?
Answers to these questions, as well as many other facts related to July 4/Revolutionary War history can be found at the following online sources:
Original creative writing entries received by July 25 will be entered in a drawing to win a Teen Track scholarship to Write2Ignite Conference September 20-21, 2019! You must be a rising 6th through 12th grader or have just completed 12th grade this year to enter.
According to author and founder Cheri Cowell, EA Books Publishing will offer a writing contest and publication opportunity open only to those who register for and attend the September 21–22, 2018, Write2Ignite Conference. Participants who attend the conference both Friday and Saturday may submit one entry on the theme of “Faith and Freedom”—fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—for a writing contest to be judged by editors of EA Books Publishing.
Contest award: Twenty to twenty-five authors will be chosen to have their work published by EA Books Publishing in a print anthology entitled Faith and Freedom. Authors will be able to purchase books at a reduced rate and keep the profit from their sales.
In keeping with Write2Ignite Conference’s primary mission of producing Christian worldview materials for children and young adults, the anthology will include stories by, about, and/or for children and youth of various ages as well as content for more general or adult readers.
Open only to unpublished authors (“Unpublished” is defined as follows: the writer can have articles, blogs, or online content published, either paid or unpaid, but cannot have a traditionally published book or inclusion in another published anthology.)
Each contestant must be registered for the full 2018 Write2Ignite Conference. The contest is not open to single-day attendees. Both adult and Teen Track participants are eligible to enter.
Only those who follow the full submission guidelines will be considered.
Only one submission per person registered for the conference
Genres accepted: short story, article, devotional, or poem
300–1000 word limit
Include a 50-word bio at the end of your submission. At the top of the first page of the submission, place a title and your name with contact information (email, address, and phone number). (This page heading is not included in submission word count total.)
Standard manuscript format (Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double spaced, 1-inch margins, Microsoft Word doc or docx)
Criteria: Those that best reflect the theme (Faith and Freedom), who meet submission guidelines, and represent the best writing of a new author, will be chosen for inclusion in the book. Winners will be announced during the conference.
What will you enter?
Set your plans now for registration.
Write your entry on the Faith and Freedom theme.
Submit by the deadline on September 10, 2018!
Attendance will be verified before winners are announced.
We’ll draw from the comments submitted and announce the winner for Week 10 on August 6!
Reminder:Don’t forget to check the guidelines for the “Faith and Freedom” writing contest cosponsored by EA Books Publishing and W2I. That contest is open to both adults and students attending W2I on September 21–22. The deadline for submissions isAugust 20! Winners of the “Faith and Freedom” contest will be announced at the W2I conference on September 22.