Spring Writing Contest




2014 Prompt

You find a letter written by someone from the past. Where did you find it? Who wrote it? What does it say? When was it written? What do you do? Does it tell you anything, the history books don’t? Get creative! It may or may not be based on a historical character. For example: You find a time capsule with a letter written by someone who lived in your house long ago. Or you find a lost letter written by Anne Frank.

Best Story prizes will be awarded at each grade level as follows:

1st Prize — $20 Odyssey Gift Certificate
2nd Prize — $15 Odyssey Gift Certificate
3rd Prize — $10 Odyssey Gift Certificate

One $15 Odyssey Gift Certificate will also be awarded for the Best Illustration for each grade.
Stories should be no longer than 600 words. Third, Fourth, and Fifth-grade stories should be typed on a computer, but we encourage First and Second graders to handwrite their stories.
Children from homeschooling families in comparable grades are encouraged to enter.
We are only accepting submissions in English.  Illustrations are optional but encouraged!

Things To Remember

All entries MUST be accompanied by an official entry form. You can download the entry form below. Remember: include the child’s grade level.

• One entry per child.

• Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling. There should also be evidence that the child completed the project independently.


Entries Due
Thursday, April 10, 2014 by 7 pm
at The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA

Winners Notified
Friday, April 25, 2014 by 8 pm

Awards Ceremony
Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2 pm
at The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street, South Hadley, MA
First Prize winners may read their stories aloud at the ceremony.

Pick up Stories
- At the Awards Ceremony, or
- by June 15, or
- include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your story and we will mail it back to you


21st children's writing contest 2014 flyer.pdf133.7 KB
2014 Entry Form.doc2.13 MB