For all the want to be writers out there:
The zine for future writers today.
Volume 6, Issue 2 – January 15, 2006
Publisher/Editor: C. Hope Clark
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WHO I AM (NOTES FROM THE EDITOR)
We have a new guest writer!!!! She is from Utah, and is
a senior at Lehi High School. Welcome Heather Walker!
By Heather Walker
Some people think good characters and plot make a
But there’s something else writers have to worry about:
the prose. Prose means paragraph form instead of verse,
but more than that, prose is the way the story comes out
on paper – the words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs
the author chooses to use. Bad prose can ruin an otherwise
good story. If the characters are there, the plot is there,
but if the actual words on paper don’t quite cut it, the
story doesn’t come across as good as it could. Excellent
prose can make a story good, even with weaker characters
What makes excellent prose? Each writer out there has a
different style, a different way of putting words on the
page, so prose is a reflection of the writer’s voice.
Every writer’s voice is different, so how they achieve
excellent prose is also different. However, for beginning
writers, figuring out how to make their voice come across
as natural, flowing, and beautiful is hard. Here are a
few suggestions to start writing the prose that will
make a story great.
1) Read. Read different kinds of writing that has good-
quality prose. Don’t just read, but notice the words and
phrases that the writers use. Be able to notice different
voices and opinions, and notice when the prose is okay and
when it is simply amazing.
2) Take that prose that you’ve read and imitate it. You
need to create your own style, but imitating can help you
better realize what writers do to make prose great. I
always feel inspired to write well after reading a story or
narrative that had very good prose, and when I try to live
up to the ideal of the piece, it makes my story better.
3) Edit your own stories. Take a story you wrote that you
can’t stand to read and try to improve the prose. Notice
word choice, sentence length, and the overall flow of the
piece and try to make something wonderful out of your ideas.
4) Improve your vocabulary. It’s always nice to know the
word you’re looking for when you need it.
5) Write poetry. Writing poetry can help improve your
grasp on words and emotions and help your prose flow.
6) Take the reader into consideration. You know how it is
happening, but your reader doesn’t. Try to consider the
person who is reading the story and make the prose clear
enough so they can see what you want them to.
7) Read your story out loud. Reading aloud can help you
see how your prose is doing. Excellent prose will be easy
to read, not awkward.
When you are able to write good prose, your stories will
be liberated and fly from the page. Writing will be that
much more enjoyable.
Bio: Heather Walker is a senior at Lehi High School in
Lehi, Utah. She has worked for her local newspaper and
enjoys writing short stories, personal narratives, and
Good luck!!! And always keep writing.
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“Space Place” is for original drawings, poems, jokes,
stories, etc., by children 12 and under. Contributors
receive T-shirts. (Include birth date, home address and
shirt size with submission.)
CREATIVE WRITING 4 KIDS
Kids can self-publish online – designed by a children’s author.
POETRY 4 KIDS
Poet Kenn Nesbitt shows kids how poetry is created. Place
for kids to submit their poems.
NAME THAT FROG CONTEST
The Kids Can Write “Name That Frog” contest begins September
1, 2005 and ends with a POSTMARK DEADLINE of April 25, 2006.
Winning classes and individuals will receive an inscribed
copy of the poetry collection, Looking for Jaguar and Other
Rain Forest Poems written by Susan Katz and illustrated by
Lee Christiansen. The author of the best single poem, the
one which actually gives the frog his name, (see contest rules)
will receive a book and a special froggy prize. Classroom
winners will be chosen in the following categories:
a. Grades K – 1
b. Grades 2 – 3
c. Grades 4 – 5
Classrooms from grades K-5 may submit work as a class. Each
student in the class may write an individual poem, or you may
submit just one poem to represent your entire class. Please
be sure all poems are clearly marked with your grade level
and school mailing address. Please do not send children’s
individual addresses. Individual winners will be notified
through their schools.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC JOURNALISTS SCHOLARSHIPS
Students must plan to attend a community college or
university that is within the United States or Puerto
Rico full-time for the entire academic year in order to
be awarded an NAHJ scholarship. Deadline February 28, 2006.
NAHJ General Broadcast Scholarship
Ranging from $1,000 – $2,000 per student, these scholarships
are awarded to college undergraduates and graduate students
pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language broadcast
NAHJ Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship Program
This program awards two $5,000 scholarships to students who
demonstrate a strong desire in pursuing a career as a
Spanish-language broadcast journalist.
NAHJ Newsroom Bound Program
This $4,000 three-year program offers current college
freshmen and sophomores a chance to experience many of the
opportunities offered by NAHJ that are intended to propel
them from the classroom to the newsroom. NAHJ will select
students for this program from among its scholarship
Geraldo Rivera Scholarship
Ranging from $1,000 – $5,000 per student, these scholarships
are open to college undergraduates and graduate students
pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language TV broadcast
CNN 25 Scholars
A total of 25 current high school seniors, freshmen, and
sophomores will be selected to be the CNN 25 Scholars in
2006 and will receive scholarships ranging from $3,000 to
$5,000 a year for the remainder of their college or
university studies. These scholarships are made possible
by a generous contribution CNN made to NAHJ to celebrate
the network’s 25th anniversary.
NAHJ Print General Scholarships
Ranging from $1,000 – $2,000 per student, these scholarships
are awarded to college undergraduates and graduate students
pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print,
photo, or online journalism.
NAHJ Newhouse Scholarship Program
This two-year $10,000 program awards two scholarships to
college juniors pursuing careers in English-language print
journalism. Since 1994, the Newhouse Foundation has
sponsored a two-year scholarship program for print
journalism students. Applicants must be current college
sophomores. Recipients will have an opportunity to intern
at a Newhouse newspaper following their junior year.
The Washington Post Young Journalists Scholarship
This one-year $2,500 scholarship program is for high
school seniors in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
NAHJ and The Washington Post host an annual high school
writing program through this project. The Development
Project for high school students of color is specifically
for students in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
8th ANNUAL NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL POETRY CONTEST
(2005-2006 school year)
NO ENTRY FEE
In an effort to encourage the youth of America in the
pursuit of literary exploration and excellence, and to
help provide a venue in which American High School students
may share their poetic works; Dimensions in Education Today
and the Live Poets Society have joined forces to present
the Live Poets Society’s, 8th annual, National High School
Poetry Contest. All U.S. high school students are eligible
to enter up until March 31st of their senior year. Poems
must be 20 lines or less, unpublished, the sole work of the
entrant, and not be entered in any other concurrent contest.
Only ONE poem per poet may be entered into each contest.
The Easterday Poetry Award of a $1,000 college scholarship
will be awarded to the American High School Poets, “Poet of
the Year”. In addition there will be 1 First Place Winner,
4 Second Place Winners (2 from each contest) and 6 Third
Place Winners (3 from each contest). There will also be
numerous Honorable Mentions and hundreds of regional winners
and topical winners. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Prizes will be
$500, $250, and $100 scholarship prizes respectively.
Deadline March 31, 2006.
SEVENTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST PERSPECTIVES ESSAY CONTEST
Oregon Quarterly invites entries to the 2006 Northwest
Perspectives Essay Contest in both student and open
categories. Entries should address ideas that affect the
Open (non-student) Category
First place: $750
Second place: $300
Third place: $100
First place: $500
Second place: $200
Third place: $75
First place essays will appear in Oregon Quarterly.
Six essays will be featured in a springtime public reading
on the UO campus. Fifteen finalists (ten in the open
category and five students) will be announced in the summer
2006 issue of Oregon Quarterly. All finalists will be
invited to participate in a writing workshop and will
receive a copy of Best Essays NW, a hardback anthology of
some of the best writing from Oregon Quarterly and the
essay contest. Deadline January 31, 2006.
INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE STUDIES – SUMMER JOURNALISM INTERNSHIPS
Take a summer to be a reporting intern at a Freedom
Communications Newspaper. The online application requires
a short registration process at Apply.TheIHS.org (even if
you have previously registered on TheIHS.org) and allows
online document uploads of all supporting materials.
Summer 2006: June 3 – August 12, 2006.
$1,500 stipend. Work as a reporter at a newspaper. Housing
allowance and travel. Seminar and career workshops. If you
are looking for an opportunity to work as an intern at a
newspaper where you will actually get to report rather than
merely fetch coffee, this is the program for you! The
average intern walks away with at least forty clips.
MOONDANCE NEEDS WRITERS
We encourage writers of all ages and experience levels
to consider submitting their work to Moondance in the
appropriate sections. While age is not a consideration
for or barrier to acceptance, we do require all
contributors under the age of eighteen to obtain parental
permission prior to publication. Because we do not charge
our readers, contributors will not receive monetary
compensation for their submissions. However, they will
receive other benefits, including the option of direct
links to e-mail or URL addresses of the author or artist,
a short biography of the author or artist, consideration
for Best of Theme and mention of their published piece in
our newsletter. All submissions should include a short bio,
an e-mail address and/or a URL for the author or artist at
the time of submission.
ALPHA SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR WORKSHOP
FOR YOUNG WRITERS
The ALPHA SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers (ages 14-19)
will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s
Greensburg Campus July 19 – 28, 2006 in conjunction with
Pittsburgh’s science fiction convention, Confluence,
July 28 – 30, 2006. To Apply: a SF/F/H genre story, 2,000
to 6,000 words long to be submitted electronically to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for completing the
online application and story submission is March 31, 2006.
Early application is advisable for handicapped and foreign
students. At Confluence, workshop attendees will be joined
by hundreds of fans and approximately thirty authors,
editors, musicians, scientists, agents and artists.
OPRAH’S NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST
Deadline February 6, 2006. On January 16, “The Oprah Winfrey
Show” is doing something new. In addition to announcing her
new book club selection, Oprah will announce her National
High School Essay Contest. The contest will be based on the
book she reveals and will be open to high school students
across America. Then, based on their essays, a panel of
learned judges will select 50 high school students. Each
finalist, along with one designated parent or guardian, will
receive a trip to a special “Oprah Show” taping in late
February. The deadline for entries is February 6. To support
this nationwide initiative, comprehensive study materials for
students, teachers and parents will be accessible at the
CHELSEA FOUNDATION – WRITE FOR CHILDREN
Write for Chelsea’s Beacon, a children’s newspaper! We are
501(c)(3) foundation producing a newspaper designed to
motivate children toward achievement by presenting them
with challenges that set goals. Pick your subject and write
for first through sixth grade students. From science to the
creative, photography, computer, acting, comedy, music, and
then there is history, geography. Create a world that
stimulates the human mind. Impact them with faith, hope and
charity. Turn them on to your favorite subject. Share that
which made you a dedicated bird watcher, mountain climber,
pacifist. This is a virtual opportunity available from any
location. This is a volunteer position. Good for a resume
and for experience.