Logo by Vicki Fang
The #50PreciousWordsForKids International Writing Challenge is now OPEN!
Last month, I hosted a challenge for writers. I invited them to create a story for children in 50 words or less. #50PreciousWords drew hundreds of participants. What amazed me was the incredible creativity that was unleashed by the restrictive word limit.
MAGIC HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT!
One of the participants told me that she and her six-year old daughter had an amazing bonding experience. Seeing her mom writing, the little girl wanted to write a story also. And she did. And her mom shared it with me.
DINOSAUR SNOW by Bethany (age 6)
It snowed a lot through the day. Pteranodon and her sister Teethless were bored. Pteranodon said, “I planned to go outside and it’s almost time for lunch. Oh it’s 11:00. Let’s go wake Mom and Dad.” “You’re right,” said Teethless. So they did. And then they ate lunch.
And when my eight-year old grandson spent a day with me, he wanted to write one, too.
Locked Out by Jeremy (age 8)
One evening, when me and my mom got home from school, we tried to unlock our door. We heard a snap. Our house key broke! We went to our neighbors for help. They said, “Get a ladder and climb into a window.” We followed their advice. Unlocked the door. Home!
Those two stories got me excited! As a retired kindergarten teacher, I’ve always been on a mission to help kids become lovers of books and reading. Now I write for children. My debut picture book, Sweet Dreams, Sarah, will launch next year.
What if I could encourage kids to become the storytellers! And so, #50PreciousWordsforKids was born.
#50PreciousWordsforKids coincides with Children’s Book Week, May 1-7.
EVERY CHILD in grades K-6 is invited to participate.
This is an INTERNATIONAL challenge…there will be stories flying in from all around the world!
Teachers can have each child write a story of 50 words or less…then the teacher and/or class will choose one story to submit. Perhaps this can be a whole-school event to celebrate Children’s Book Week. Or just a single class project. Teachers/students choose one story per class to email to me.
Parents are invited to encourage their children to write a story at home (whether or not they are homeschooled) – parents can email me one story per child.
My only rule is that the stories must be emailed to me by a teacher or parent (or other child-care facilitator).
Here are the guidelines.
The challenge runs May 1-7 and the stories need to be emailed to me: firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm on Sunday, May 7th.
I’ll enter those stories on my Thursday, May 11th blog post. All teachers and parents will receive a certificate that can be copied and personalized with the name of each child who participated. And there will be seven mini-Skype author classroom visits randomly awarded—one per grade.
Please, dear readers, help spread the word by sharing this post on your social media channels and by reaching out to your teacher and parent connections.
If you have any questions or need clarification, just email me: email@example.com. I’m flying to Chicago on Thursday to visit with family…but I’ll be checking emails every day!
What a wonderful opportunity for kids to become the storyteller.
I’m excited to read all of their precious words.