Today's Ledger-Enquirer includes a story I wrote about an e-mail story-telling project that my friend Grace and I launched with our oldest kids, Will and Ella after Grace and her girls moved north of Atlanta. For young kids, we found, collaborative e-mail storytelling is a great way to keep a friendship alive and to keep children inspired to create stories in their minds and enjoy the adventure of authorship.
Another great way to inspire children as writers is to help them find contests and publishing opportunities. Here are a few resources:
Scholastic sponsors an annual Kids Are Authors competition for children in grades K–8 to encourage students to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills to create their own books. Grand-prize winning books are published by Scholastic.
Stone Soup is a literary magazine that publishes stories, poems and illustrations by children ages 8-13.
PBS Stations hold local PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contests from January to March each year.