Contest: Take us on an adventure!

February 11th, 2011

David Somoza, an elementary school teacher, and Peter Lourie, adventure travel book writer, have teamed up to write the new book Writing to Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper, 3-8. In their book, David and Peter show teachers how to guide students to write interesting, adventurous, well-researched papers that are rooted in real places, supported by facts, and developed with detailed descriptions of images from real locations.

In that spirit, we challenge you to send us your students’ best writing about a state or a place they have lived in, visited, or daydreamed about. When we say “writing,” we mean that  any “old” or “new” form of storytelling is acceptable: photo stories, video clips, interviews, poetry, essays, research papers, or even cartoon strips. The important thing is that as we read your students’ work we’ll feel like we’ve been transported to the place they are writing about.

The essays will be judged by David and Peter and the top five submissions will be featured on the Stenhouse Blog. 

One winner will receive a library of Stenhouse books of your choice (a $150 value), and the following books by Peter Lourie to start your classroom adventure library  (a $180 value): Amazon, Arctic Thaw, First Dive to Shark Dive, Hidden World of the Aztec, Hudson River, The Lost Treasure of Captain Kidd, Lost Treasure of the Inca, Lost World of the Anasazi, On Texas Trail of Cabeza de Vaca, On the Trail of Lewis & Clark, On the Trail of Sacagawea, Rio Grande, Tierra Del Fuego, Yukon River.

Deadline: May 1, 2011

Send your stories to If you would like to send us a larger file, you can mail a CD or thumb drive to Stenhouse Publishers, Attn: Zsofia McMullin, P.O. Box 11020, Portland, ME 04101-7020.

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Deborah Singiser  |  February 14th, 2011 at 2:34 am

    I have two questions regarding the contest. Is there a limit to how many submissions a school may submit? From the description, it appears you do not wish to have originals sent. Is this a correct assumption?

    Thank you for your assistance,
    Deborah Singiser

  • 2. Joanna Gilllespie  |  February 14th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I used Writing to Explore as a basis for a recent writing assignment in which my 6h grade students had to research a place in Latin America and write one chapter of an adventure story. Would one chapter work, or would they need to submit an entire story? Thank you!

  • 3. stenhouse  |  February 15th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for the question! No, there is no limit to the number of entries!

  • 4. stenhouse  |  February 15th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Yes, you can submit one chapter!

  • 5. Rita Banerjee  |  February 15th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    This sounds great. I’ll talk about this with my colleagues and teachers in my school.

  • 6. Rita Banerjee  |  February 15th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I’ll get my colleagues and students interested. Thanks

  • 7. stenhouse  |  February 15th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for your question. No, there is no limit to the number of entries a school can submit. As for originals – if the work is an essay or research paper, you can e-mail it to the address given in the blog post. If it’s more visual – a cartoon, or a video, or a podcast, then you can send the originals by mail to the Stenhouse address. I hope this helps!

  • 8. Amelia Culp  |  February 16th, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I was just wondering if there is any limit on or suggested length of these submissions. Thanks!

  • 9. stenhouse  |  February 16th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Hi Amelia!
    No, there is no limit to the length of submissions.

  • 10. Cynthia Ruptic  |  February 19th, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Can students in international schools enter this contest or is it limited to schools in North America? I am a school librarian at Rabat American School in Morocco. Our Young Authors’ Festival is next month and we are having nonfiction author/photographer Susan Kuklin to inspire our students and teachers in the area of researching/reporting, so this contest would be a real motivation for follow-up after Susan’s visit.
    Thanks for ‘hosting’ such a wonderful opportunity for young writers.

  • 11. stenhouse  |  February 22nd, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Yes, absolutely, students from international schools can enter the contest!

  • 12. Write your own adventure &hellip  |  February 23rd, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    […] Take a look at this video where Peter and some of his students talk about the class. Peter is the coauthor with David Somoza of Writing to Explore: Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper, 3-8. If you are interested in winning an adventure library for your classroom, find out more about our ongoing writing contest! […]

  • 13. Deidra Gammill  |  March 19th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I don’t see an age/grade limit. Is there one? I teach high school and would be interested in having my students submit work as well. Thanks.

  • 14. stenhouse  |  March 21st, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Hi Deidra,
    No age/grade limit! The contest is open to all students in all grade levels!

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