Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thinking Ahead to the Fall Contest

I was scrounging around in my old story contest folder to start thinking about the upcoming short-story contest this fall (I'm shooting for September). I had originally planned the contest for ages 5-13, with two categories: one for the Beginnings and one for the Adventures. HOWEVER, I'm rethinking the age groups because there may be more than a few of you who are over the age of 13. So, what do you think about the categories below? There would be winners from each of the three categories. And I'm thinking about not putting an age limit on it (except to note that the contest is open to children and teens under the age of 18). So, how does this look?
Categories
1. Ages 6-9
2. Ages 10-13
3. Ages 14 and up

Let me know what you think. This is your chance, before I edit the rules and get things rolling.

 

58 comments:

  1. Are Canadians allowed to enter?
    Sounds fine to me!
    Even if Canadians can't win prizes, can they still enter for the fun of it?

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    1. Oh, good question! I think that as long as everything can be done by email (entering the contest and scanning the entry form), then it shouldn't be a problem. :-)

      Maybe I will put a footnote on who can enter: U.S., APO (military) addresses, and Canadian. I just don't want to send a prize to Africa or anything, ya know? LOL

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  2. Sounds great!! Works for me!! Grace

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  3. Awesome!! I've never been in a writing contest before but it sounds really fun... everything looks good to me.

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  4. Sounds awesome! Can't wait!
    Claire

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  5. I Like it! Me and my sister Gracie have already started! We think this is going to be a really good story. I'm 15 and she's 12 so this should be really fun:) We have pages of notes and can't wait for the contest. Can we do it together even though we are a few years apart?
    Faith

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    1. Is it a tag-team kind of thing? Two authors for one story? That's fine with me, as long as you recognize that the "prize" goes to the story, not the number of authors. If you placed, you would have to "share." :-)

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  6. Share and share alike! lol Sounds good. Thank you:)
    Faith

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    1. Everything sounds good, I can't wait. I like how the ages are split up so me and my two sisters are all in different age groups. When are you going to post the rules?

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    2. I will announce everything and have a link to the entry form sometime in September, for a nice fall "kick off." I would do it in the summer, but I have too many homeschool conferences to attend. Plus, our son Ryan (Cory on the cover of Trouble with Treasure) is getting married in August. Way too many things to think about before summer ends! :-)

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    3. My my my, how time flies! Congratulations to Ryan!

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  7. I'm 13 and my sister is 9 I'm trying to get my story done.
    Aurora.

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  8. what's the prize?

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  9. Everyone will learn the rules and the prizes in due time! *smile*

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  10. Looks good to me! ^.^ Myself being 17.

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    1. Then I have high hopes for you, Hope! *smile* I am writing up the rules as we speak . . .

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    2. Cool, oh, i am 15. But i am not very good with stores... Grace

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    3. Aha! Hope, I had no idea you followed the blog too! :D Now we'll both have to enter the contest!
      And as far as the rules and age limits go 'Andi', I think that's a good range. That way old teenagers like Hope and myself will still be able to enter. Right, Hope? :D
      Can't wait for the rules/and prize announcements and I will be working on a story! :D

      -E.A.Jones (Shire from CollieandShire for you, Hope!) ;)

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    4. Oh, is this Hope from the Fan Fiction site? It's nice to connect "blog" names with "real" names sometimes. And it's just a good thing I'm not judging these stories, ladies, as I know some of you personally! AUGH! I have found three judges (one from Illinois, one from Texas, and one from Washington) to judge the contest. They are all children's and young adult writers and will know the Circle C characters quite well. I will read all of your stories too, but I just won't officially "judge" them. You can, of course, understand why.

      I am getting very excited, but I'm glad I have until September to get things in order.

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    5. Shire! *hugs* ^.^ Yepper! (Old teens like us can enter)
      I'm excited for this contest too. :D

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    6. Yes Andi, this is the notorious RowdyClara from fanfiction! She only NOW told me she's following the blog, too. ;) Oh well, we're both reading it so that's what counts! :D
      And it's a good thing you found someone else to judge, I was wondering what would happen about that too since some of us do know you personally. :)
      Can't wait and I'll keep checking back for more info! :D

      -E.A. Jones ;)

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    7. LOL! "Notorious", my dear Shire? ;D
      Looking forward to the contest, Andi! C:

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    8. So . . . how do you know when somebody has commented on the blog? I get an email notification, but then, I'm the author of the blog. How do YOU guys know?
      ~Andi

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    9. It doesn't notify me about comments unfortunately, so I just keep checking back. C:
      -Hope

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    10. I think there is a place where you can check a box that says "notify me" when somebody responds to your comment. Not sure. You might check next time you comment. I know Word Press does it. Not totally sure about Blogger.

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    11. Yes, you're notorious. Your name is RowdyClara, is it not? That sounds pretty notorious to me. ;)

      Like Hope I just keep checking back to see if there are any replies. That's cause I use anonymous to leave a comment. :)

      -E.A. Jones ;)

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  11. I had to giggle when you said you didn't want to have to send a prize to Africa and put a big LOL after it, because I live in South Africa! :) But don't worry, I busy writing IG exams at the moment, so unfortunately I don't think I'll have time to write a story, and the prizes aren't too important anyway, its just for fun.

    I really enjoyed the Circle C Adventures series when I was younger, so I'm VERY glad you have decided to write another series for older readers!

    Thank you for wonderful books and a lovely blog.
    Michaela :)

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    1. Oh my goodness, Michaela! I had no idea. I just picked the continent that seemed on the--literally--other side of the world!

      I would be honored if you entered the contest (it will run from September until Dec. 31, so maybe you would have time), and as long as everything could be "sent" via the internet/email, I see no reason why someone from S. Africa could not join in the fun.

      I shall "redo" the eligibility rules to include worldwide participation. Hey, it's the 21st century, after all.

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  12. why do my comments never stay posted?
    all i wrote was

    whats the prize

    and Andi answered but what happened to my comment?
    If i'm doing someting wrong please tell me. Cause it said the comment was posted!?!?

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    1. Everything should be fixed now. :-)

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  13. This reply is to anonymous who posted "what's the prize?" yesterday and then asked why her comment is not showing up. I don't see it EITHER, and I looked and looked for it yesterday, then I finally just answered it, hoping it was a little glitch.

    I just *duh* checked the Blogger SPAM folder and guess what? Your comments were in that file. I marked them as "not spam," so they should show up now.

    Thanks for asking. I never would have thought somebody's comments would slide away into a SPAM folder. There were FIVE comments in that file! I "released" all of them, and I'll check it more often now.

    ~Andi

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    1. that is soooooooo weird Andi!
      Well, thanks for taking the time to fix the comments of mine and possibly others!

      I LOVE your books!
      OH and about the story contest does our story have to be really long or about how long are you wanting us to write?


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    2. Each age category will have a word count, that contestants must stay within (as my judges do not probably want to read a 20,000 word NOVEL! LOL)
      These will all be laid out in the official "RULES" when they are published on the website and on Andi's Blog.
      I'm pulling it together, friends! it will be fun!
      (and P.S., I had to pull your most recent comment out of the SPAM folder again. So sorry it's doing that to you, but I know how to "find" you now.) :-)

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    3. I'll have to limit myself on the story. Fortunately/unfortunately I can write long stories. Once, at my co-op I made a 5-paragraph PAPER on Jonah a 7 page STORY. For the last paper of the year we were asking my teacher how long it could be and he told me that I'd get more points if it WASN'T longer than 5 paragraphs. (I was thinking: Ha ha, funny joke... it's a joke, right?) Yeah, I was glad he was joking. I guess this'll be practice for next year.
      See? Even my comment is long!!!

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    4. It will be a great challenge, and I suspect your teacher was serious. LOL Learning to say things succinctly (without wordiness) is a great skill to practice. :-)

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    5. Agree there totally Andi. Wordiness is a killer for me. *embarrassed grin* ;)

      -E.A. Jones ;)

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  14. Haha... That's ok Andi, I completely understand :) Thanks again.
    Michalea :)

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  15. I am so happy that you made the age older then 14. Because I'm 17 and I read and love your books. :)

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  16. I'm so excited for the contest! We almost have one chapter all finished. You should see all the notes we wrote down getting ready for our big mystery! Lol Also, best wishes the Ryan "Cory":)
    Faith

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    1. For you eager beavers, I should probably give you a head's up on the word count before you get too far . . .
      ages 6-9 500-1,000 words
      ages 10-13 1,500-2,500 words
      ages 14 and up 2,000-3,000 words

      Hope that helps.

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  17. Do we have to keep it with in those ranges or can we go a little over? Our story may be longer then that, I'm not sure.
    Fatih

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  18. Oh, on... Andi I think me and my sister may be in trouble. We're no quit down with the first chapter and we're already to almost 2,000 words! We have the story planed out, but will we be able to send in an actual book! Lol If needed we can try and think of something else. (But we would like to stick with what we have already) You see me and her already write books so writing 2,000-3,000 words is like pie to us. What should we do?
    Faith

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    1. In order to be considerate to the judges, I will have to keep it within the word count specified in the "official rules." I looked at other writing contests to come up with my word counts. I might be able to stretch it to 3,500 for the 14 and up range, but no way can you go over that and be able to enter. Yikes! We're not putting on a "novel writing" contest here, ladies. LOL

      This is why, when you told me you were finishing up "chapter 1," I got a red alert in my head and thought it would be wise to help you step on the brakes before getting too far. Look at the example of MY short story on the blog to get a feel for the length:

      "Snakes Alive!" is 3,300 words long. It has "chapters" (4, actually, labeled as "parts") and I could have shaved a few extra words off to keep it to 3,000.

      So there is no reason you can't create a fun story and keep it down to the word count. If I can do it, you can too (I hear you. I'm a NOVEL writer, and short stories are very hard for me to write, so I feel your pain. Good practice, however . . .

      So,

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    2. oops, don't know why that "so" is there.

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  19. Sorry I typed down and not done...lol
    Faith

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  20. Hahah well good to know. I guess it's back to the drawing board:) We decided to continue the story and just keep it for us. It's too good to just let rest, so we'll keep up with it. My sister and I will work on a short story "3,000 WORDS!" and enter that in the contest. Lol Thanks so much Andi for your help. I'm really glad that we found this out before we wrote a whole book and tried to send it in! What a sticky situation that would have been:D lol But like you said this will be good practice for us...
    Faith:D

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    1. Hey Andi, that would be cool if they kept writing the book, and somehow you could get it posted on the blog! That would be really neat. :)

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    2. OH! Yes! And I just remembered that this is a standing policy around here on Andi's blog. I've said it before (but only a couple people took me up on it a few years ago, but if you write an Andi story, I'm more than THRILLED to share it with everybody over here! So . . . Grace and sister . . .keep working on the BOOK and if you do send it to me, I'll create a new TAB on the right sidebar and include Fan Stories. Sound good? Thanks, Alicia, for bringing that back to my memory!

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    3. That would be so awesome! Can't wait for the story Faith, if you decided to do it that is. :)

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    4. Ohh! So cool!

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  21. That would be so cool! Yes Yes! We'll finish it and send it in!
    Faith:D

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  22. Hang on, question. My b-day is in December, I'll turn 14. Does that mean that if I enter after my birthday I can be in the 14 & up group? Then I won't be in the same group as my sister.

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    1. Your age is whatever age you are before the deadline (Dec. 31). :-)
      Of course, I am pretty flexible. If there is a little one who turns 10 in December but wants to be in the 6-9 year old, then that would be okay. Those fall birthdays are always a tricky deal.
      In your case, Madeline, you definitely do not want to enter in the same category as your sister!
      GREAT QUESTION!!!

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  23. Do we get to write about anything we want to or are there going to be certain subjects?

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    1. When the official rules are posted, you will see the details, but basically, you can write anything you want, make up new characters, etc., as long as the main characters from the CCA are somehow part of the story. Does that help?

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    2. So the CCA charaters have to be apart of the story..? okay thanks for answering my question!

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  24. How long will the contest last? DO we have to start writing now, or in Sep. when the contest starts? I'm 12, and never done a writing contest ( except for once when i was 5 LOL)

    Kaitlin

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    1. You can start writing whenever you want, Kaitlyn. However, I will be putting up "hints" and stuff in September. The contest goes until December 31.

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Let Andi know what you think!