Writing contest deadline extended!

April 29th, 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.

Send your stories to contest@stenhouse.com. 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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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. patricia kreischer  |  May 5th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    May I assume that this contest is limited to students in grades 3-8?

  • 2. stenhouse  |  May 5th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Nope, if you have some interested high school students, send their writing along!

  • 3. susan vigne  |  May 11th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I have sent some submissions to this contest. When might we hear the results of the contest? My students are wondering when they will find out if they won!

  • 4. stenhouse  |  May 11th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    You should hear back from us in a few weeks!

  • 5. njohnson  |  May 27th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    When will contestants hear back about the contest?

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