My youngest daughter, Christine, who loves to write, recently entered her first writing competition. Every year, the Home School Legal Defense Association has an essay contest for ages 7-19 years. They also sponsor an art, photography and poetry contest for homeschoolers.
My daughter's essay, Investing in Victims of Leprosy, won second place in the 11-14 age category. I think much of the success in her writing is due to her time spent in the Write at Home program. She has always loved to write stories, and I have tried to find ways to inspire her to keep at it. She has recently entered another contest through Patrick Henry College with a fictional short story (her favorite papers to write).
If you know of other contests, or others ways to inspire young writers, please leave your comments! I would love to share your ideas with my readers.
This has been an unpaid endorsement of Write at Home online writing program.