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 Young Author's Contest Freedom writing

2016-17 theme
“Step Outside: Writing About the Natural World”

To encourage students to read and write, the North Carolina Reading Association sponsors the NC Young Authors Project. It is a celebration of literacy for all ages and students are encouraged to write in any genre. 

At Parsley, several entries are selected to progress to the New Hanover County level competition. Winning entries from the county level progress to the state-wide competition

State winning projects are published in a book which is provided to each winner.

Read Parsley entries for

Local Council Guidelines and Responsibilities:

The theme for the 2016­2017 Young Authors’ Project is “Step Outside: Writing About the Natural World.” ​Young Authors are encouraged to write about their personal experiences with the natural world or investigate a natural world topic. Authors may write prose or poetry, fiction or non­fiction.

Guidelines -

  • All entries must be original creations.
  • Only 1 entry per person may be submitted.
  • All entries must be submitted by a member of NCRA. 

Format -
All entries should:

  • Use Microsoft WORD (not Works), and save as a .doc or .docx file.
  • Use 10-point, “Times New Roman” font, single-spaced, for the body of the piece.
  • Include an original title, typed in bold, 12-point type, with only the first letter of each major word in the title capitalized (e.g., Writing About the Natural World)
  • Include author information after the body of the piece. Skip two lines and then center the following information in 10-point:
    • Author’s first and last name
    • Grade
    • Teacher’s first and last name
    • School

** Please use the correct formatting for each entry. A flash drive with all correctly formatted entries must be included with the hard copies of entries at the time of entry submission.

Length of Entries:

  • Grades K – 1​: Entries should have no more than 200 words.
  • Grades 2 – 5​: Entries should have no more than 300 words.

Entry Form

Young Authors' entry form

The student's submission must include a completed entry form.  Click on this entry form link, print, carefully read the directions as you complete it.  Be sure to sign it. 

If you have any questions, email Mrs. Haukos at sara.haukos@nhcs.net.

Entries are due to Mrs. Haukos no later than Fri., Nov. 4.

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