October 2019

Deadline

November 15, 2019

Dear Paradise Contest

Write a letter to a person or family featured in the article. Think about how you would feel in their situation. In your letter, offer the kind of support that you would hope to receive in such a situation.

Prize

Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick


Mercy Brown Contest

Imagine that you’re a journalist and you’re interviewing the ghost of Mercy Brown. Record your interview as a podcast or video or create a written transcript. (You will need to write your questions as well as Mercy’s responses.)

Prize

Serafina and the Seven Stars by Robert Beatty


Shopping Contest

In a well-organized essay, compare and contrast the story of Amazon with the story of Sears. Support your ideas with text evidence.

Prize

The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson by Quinn Sosna-Spear


Skull Mountain Contest

Write a one-page scene about what happens after this story ends. Stay true to Eddie’s and Jordan’s characters as you move the story forward.

Prize

The Lifters by Dave Eggers


You Write It Contest

Read our interview with Gitanjali Rao. Choose a central idea and write a three-paragraph article about Gitanjali in your own words. Be sure to use quotes from our interview. 

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


Fire-Flowers Contest

On one level, this poem is about forest fires—the destruction they cause and the recovery of the forest afterward. What else is this poem about? Explain, using details from the poem to support your answer.

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


September 2019

Deadline

October 15, 2019

Refugee Contest

What challenges does Bilan face as a refugee? What is being done to help refugees like her? Answer both questions in an essay. Use text evidence.

Prize

Escape from Aleppo by N. H. Senzai. 


Loki Contest

A villain is an evil or cruel character. Is Loki a villain? Explain your answer using text evidence.

Prize

9 From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan


Rainforest Contest

Explain why rainforests are important and why they should be protected. Draw on both the article and the infographic to support your ideas.

Prize

Orphaned by Eliot Schrefer


The Message Contest

Who was the woman in the message? What clues does the author give you? Answer both questions in an essay. Use text evidence. 

Prize

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge


Glass Beach Contest

Revise the article "Is This Trash or Treasure?"

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


Still Me Contest

Write a poem in which you ask the same kinds of questions that the speaker of this poem asks—but about yourself. 

Prize

$25 Visa gift card