Write2Ignite 2019

Is here!!

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.  

Answers to Teen Track History Writing Contest Questions

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Answers to the “10 Questions” in the July 4 post announcing our Teen Track historical fiction writing contest can be found below. Though no qualifying entries have been received, we’re posting answers and the sources used to find them. Teens: If you do not write historical fiction, what genres do you write? Short or long fiction? Poetry? Nonfiction?

Have you registered for the W2I Teen Track September 20-21? Do you know about our Bring-A-Friend discount ($5.00 off additional per person for two teens registering together?). Take a look at our Teen Track and general (open to teens) options [Go to 2019 Conference https://write2ignite.com/category/2019-conference-updates/page/2/, scroll down to “Teen Track”/”General track” section]  in addition to keynotes, consult with parents/teachers/guardians, and save your spot today!

Questions & Answers:

  1. In what year was the Declaration of Independence written and signed? A: 1776
  2. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? A: Thomas Jefferson, with edits by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, then submitted to the Continental Congress July 1 for final changes before publication.
  3. Was the original version of the Declaration the one that was signed? Not the famous copy we’ve often seen with John Hancock’s signature in the largest handwriting at the top. An “engrossed” copy made later by Timothy Matlack was the one signed, beginning on August 2, 1776. Not all signers were present to sign on that day. The version first approved by the Continental Congress and sent for printing and immediate distribution was signed only by John Hancock, the President of the Congress, and witnessed by the Secretary, Charles Thomson. “The Engrossed Declaration.” https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-history
  4. How many men signed the Declaration? A: 56
  5. What was the name of the group/meeting where the Declaration was discussed and signed? In what city did the meeting take place? A: The Second Continental Congress, in Philadelphia, PA
  6. Was this a publicly announced meeting? Why or why not? The colonies had very early established their own laws and representative counsels or other local governing bodies. By the time of the 1770s, it was customary for such groups to convene to discuss issues and laws, and to communicate with the English government when Parliament passed and enforced laws the colonists opposed. The colonists acting as a united group could meet to discuss such issues, but such meetings quickly became illegal once the Declaration of Independence was known by British authorities. Frothingham, Richard (1872). The Rise of the Republic of the United States. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown, and Company. pp. 375–376. https://books.google.com/books?id=ntwoAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
  7. How many colonies were represented? 12 colonies. New York did not vote until later.
  8. 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? England had imposed many taxes to increase revenue from the colonies, in addition to unpopular regulations and the presence of the British army, which took over colonial buildings and property for its officers and troops. Colonists complained about the fact that Parliament passed many laws regulating their business and other daily life, “without representation” or input by colonial citizens in the legislative process. England was the ruling country; King George III was the monarch.
  9. Name the first battle which preceded the Declaration and the war which resulted from the decision to declare independence. On April 19, 1775, the battle of Lexington and Concord between colonial Patriots and the British army was the first armed conflict of the Revolutionary War. “The Declaration of Independence: A History.” https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-history
  10. Was the Constitution of the United States, which was not completed and signed until September 17, 1787, the original document governing the newly established country? The Articles of Confederation, written in 1777 and ratified in 1781, was the first document to govern the U.S. However, problems with its provisions resulted in the later writing of a more effective system of governing, which we know at the present Constitution. “Continental Congress.” https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/the-continental-congress


Picture Book Contest Winner Announced

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 […]

July 4: A Teen Track Historical Fiction Creative Writing Contest**

Enter by July 25. You may win a W2I Teen Track scholarship!

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 […]

Teen Track July 4 Writing Contest Entry/Submission Form

Submit your original poem, short story, or fictional journey entry by July 25, 2019:

  1. Copy and paste to a Word document, fill in, save, and send to info.write2ignite@gmail.com
  2. OR – Request a document attachment sent to your email
  3. OR – Request an entry form sent to you via mail to your post office address (allow extra time for mail delivery to ensure your entry arrives on time to Mrs. Cathy Biggerstaff, 410 Aydlotte Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139)

Student’s name __________________________________________________

School grade completed as of June, 2019 ____ (5th gr. or higher) Age _____

School name, city, and state: _______________________________________


 Contact information (may be parent’s contact information for younger students)

Email ________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________

Phone ________________________

Parent’s or guardian’s name (and contact information if different from above):

Email ______________________________________________________________

Address ____________________________________________________________

Phone ____________________________

Complete contest information, “10 Questions,” and rules can be found at  https://write2ignite.com/2019/07/04/july-4-a-teen-track-historical-fiction-creative-writing-contest/#more-6997

Student: Write an original short story, poem, or journal entry/ies (75- 250 words total) with the following elements. Add your creative writing on the next page. Save the file as Your Name + W2I Teen Contest [.doc, .docx, or pdf]

  • You are (or your character is) a young (age 10-17) colonist in _____________________ (city/colony name) in June of 1776. Your (or your character’s) father/uncle/grandfather is away from home because of recent conflicts between British soldiers and American colonists. [Or he took part in events which led to or followed the Declaration of Independence).
  • Describe events, people, experiences, and feelings which you have or your character has or hears of before, during, and/or after the Declaration/Revolutionary War.
  • Your story, poem, or journal entry must include specific information (answers) to at least four of the “10 Questions” in the July 4 blog post on write2ignite.com.

Title of original entry: _____________________________________________

Genre: (check one) __ Poem    __ short story  __ fictional journal entry(ies)

*Sources used to find specific historical facts (answering 4 of the “10 Questions”) 1. 




List sources (author and book, or webpage and website) where you find specific facts about this time in history, including answers to the four questions used in your creative writing entry. [You must use one or more factual historical source. Entries without sources will not be accepted.]

*Sample source listing: “American War Deaths Throughout History.” [This is the webpage.] MilitaryFactory.com [This is the website where that webpage was found.] 2019 (website copyright) https://www.militaryfactory.com/american_war_deaths.asp [url = web address for the page used]

Write2Ignite Staff: # words ____ Sources provided Y/N   Complete entry  Y/N  Date received ________ 
Received via  email/  U.S. mail /  in-person         Typed/Handwritten

Your creative writing piece goes here. 75 to 250 words   You may add extra pages/sheets if needed. Type or hand write.

Name ________________  Title ____________________________________________

~ 2019 Write2Ignite Picture Book Contest ~ PART I

Write2Ignite Conference September 20-21, 2019 is launching a new contest to find the best unpublished picture book manuscript! That’s right, it’s contest time, and there are two categories!
PRIZE PACKAGE: Each winner will receive a free detailed critique from Write2Ignite, a plaque, free admission into our September conference, bragging rights, and a boost of confidence! Prize valued at $200. We will announce the winners’ names and story titles on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. All entrants will receive free access to a live instructional writing webinar hosted by Write2Ignite planned for July.
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: proper age range, 1000 words or less, professionalism of editing and formatting, creativity, language, marketability, stellar writing, and a Christian worldview.
CONTEST RULES: Any original, unpublished piece not accepted by any publisher at the time of submission is eligible. An “unpublished piece” means not published anywhere including nothing posted on your own blog or someone else’s, or published in a magazine or book. We want you to write, stretch, and learn how to carefully follow submission guidelines!
Each entry must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $20.
• You can enter as many times as you wish, but each manuscript must be entered individually with its own reading fee.
• Entering this contest means you acknowledge and agree that Write2ignite may read aloud and (kindly) critique all winning entries during the webinar held after the deadline. In addition, any positive comments made in the chat or about the webinar may be used as testimonials.
• The contest is open to writers 13 years old and up.
• Current and past leadership team members are not eligible.
All manuscript submissions must be submitted by MAY 31, 2019.
• Manuscripts should be text only and may not include illustrations or photographs.
• We cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to proofread your entry. Carefully go over everything. Make sure you’re following these rules, just as you would have to follow a publisher’s submission guidelines!
• We reserve the right not to award a prize if an insufficient number of entries has been received.
JUDGES: All entries will be read by faculty and editorial staff members of Write2ignite, TBA. Winners will be notified by email by July 1 if not sooner.
Once the winners are announced, all entries are released for submission elsewhere.
More details will follow! Get started writing your picture book manuscripts, and watch for PB Contest Part II: Submission Guidelines and Payment of Entry Fee!