It's that time of year again to compose a great fictional short story for Highlights' fiction contest. This year the publisher has opened things up a bit by not having a particular theme. The contest rules state that all genres are acceptable (mystery, historical fiction, sports, humor, holiday, friendship, etc...) Also, all submissions this year must be under 500 words, for kids ages 6-8, and not contain crime, violence, or derogatory humor.
I've gotten a late start on my entry this year. With so many options, I'm having a hard time narrowing down what genre and story to use. This year will mark the eighth time I've entered the contest. I really enjoy entering and it's free too.
Over the past several years, I've been reading and rereading the winning entries for inspiration. I believe there are clues in these stories that can help me actually place in the top three. I just have to figure out what they are and apply them. It's like trying to find Waldo, except a lot harder.
Entries need to be postmarked by no later than January 31, 2013. Good luck to everyone that enters the contest.