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Youth Writing Contest

Youth Writing Contest

(Sponsored by Christian Writers’ Fellowship of the 4-States)

Category: Short Story

Grades: 5th-12th

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded in three divisions: 5th-6th, 7th-8th, and 9th-12th

1st Place- $15
2nd Place- $10
3rd Place- $5

Length: 300-1500 Words

Each student may enter up to three manuscripts. Stories will be judged on originality, content, language, and style of writing. Entries are to be double-spaced in Times New Roman font, size 12. (Neat hand-written manuscripts will be accepted from grades 5-6).

Place your title at the top of the first page of your story. Do not put your name anywhere on the manuscript. Include a cover letter with your name, grade, address, email or phone number, and the title of your story in the upper left hand corner. Do not include any other information on the cover letter.

There is a fee of $5.00 for each of your first two entries. If you enter a third story, there will be no fee for it.

Deadline for entries will be Mach 1, 2019. Winners will be announced at the Called to Write Conference in Pittsburg, Kansas, April 6, 2019. Winners will be notified prior to the conference and are invited to attend the presentations.

Email for the address to send your cover letter, story, and $5.00 entry fee for your first two submissions.

REMEMBER: Do not include your name on your manuscript. Good luck and happy writing!



2019 Meeting Schedule

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January 5

  • Devotions by Julie-Anne Harlan (Writer’s in the Spirit, “A Double Portion”)
  • Lesson: “Fruitful Book Signings” by Sally Smith
  • Small Group Edits
  • Membership Dues, $15 (Deadline is January 31, 2019!)
  • New officers start in their positions

February 2

  • Devotions by Becky McDonald (“Meditation Mornings”)
  • Lesson: “How to Encourage Fellow Writers” by Barbara Gordon
  • Large Group Critiques
  • Conference Registrations

March 2

  • Devotions by Jena Fellers (“In My Own Words”)
  • Writing Exercises
  • Small Group Edits
  • Conference Registrations


May 4

  • Devotions by Joyce Love (Chapter 23, “Don’t Call–Write”)
  • Lesson: “Poetry” by Sandy Jordan
  • Small Group Edits
  • Brainstorming
  • Conference Evaluation

June 1

  • Devotions by Carol Russell (“Memoir and Memory”)
  • Lesson: “Editing vs. Critiques” by Julane Hiebert
  • Large Group Critiques

July 6

  • Devotions by Amy Bellairs (“Memoirs of Grace”)
  • Lesson: “Short & Sweet” by Sandy Jordan
  • Small Group Edits

August 3

  • Devotions  (“Tentative Trails”)
  • Lesson: TBA by Paula Dumm
  • Small Group Edits

September 7

  • Devotions (“Taking Time to Write”)
  • Field Trip?
  • Small Group Edits
  • Brainstorming

October 5

  • Devotions by Becky McDonald (Two-Sided Brain”)
  • Lesson: “Settings” by Sandy Jordan
  • Large Group Critiques

November 2

  • Devotions by Barbara Gordon (“Write Now”)
  • Lesson: TBA by Julie-Anne Harlan
  • Small Group Edits
  • 2020 Membership Dues

December 1

  • Devotions by Jim Bellairs (“Writing and Running”)
  • Christmas Party
  • Small Group Edits
  • Elect officers
  • 2020 Membership Dues



Meetings are held at 9:30 AM at Papa Don’s in Pittsburg, Kansas.

*All current members are encouraged to bring 5 to 10 copies of no more than five (5) double-spaced pages of something they would like critiqued.

**Devotions are from Writers in the Spirit, by Carol J. Rottman.

Please note: we currently can not accept payment online. Please email us at for the address to mail dues to.