Last spring, Kid's Imagination Train had a nice response to its first contest. In fact, people have asked us when we would offer another. So, KIT is sponsoring the Joliday Writing Contest, which is open to new and established writers.
All you need to do is to create a 500-word fictional holiday story for children ages four to eight. The entry fee is $10 and the deadline is October 1, 2015. The story picked as the winner will be published in the December issue of Kid’s Imagination Train, and the author will receive $100.
So, you might be wondering if you should enter. It's up to you, but entering gets your work in front of an editor. And you have the chance of having your story published and read by thousands of viewers. In addition, winning a contest helps boost your confidence.
Still deciding whether to enter? Then, we have provided the judging criteria which can serve as a guide to help you create a great story.
Formatting: Does the manuscript adhere to the word count? Is it formatted as specified in the guidelines?
Hook: Does the first paragraph pull the reader into the story?
Main Character: Will the audience care about the main character? Does the main character change by the end of story?
Conflict: Is there a true conflict, something that the main character can relate to and something the main character can solve by himself?
Originality: Is the plot unique and creative?
Voice: Is the story told in a captivating tone?
Age-level: Is the story written for the appropriate age group?
Resolution: Does the resolution tie-in to the beginning and is it emotionally satisfying?
The editorial staff will review the entries and choose a winning story based on the writing criteria of the contest. We are excited about the new contest and eager to read the holiday stories. More information about the contest can be found on the KIT website or at this link: