Writing contest seeks storytellers

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) and Coon Rapids Rotary Club are co-sponsoring a writing contest for all Anoka-Hennepin students in grades one through five.

This year’s theme is “someone special.”

Students are encouraged to tell a story about why this person or animal is special to them, how this person or animal fits into their life and how they make the students feel special. Students are encouraged to write about their feelings and to create details using the five senses.

Judges will look for imaginative title; an organized beginning, middle and ending; interesting details that help tell the story; colorful word pictures; correct spelling and punctuation; originality; and insight.

All entries are limited to 500 words with writing on one side of the paper. Each entry must have a cover sheet of notebook or typing paper.

Cover sheets must list the student’s name, grade, school, teacher’s name, home address, home phone number and story title.

Names should not be on the stories. Binders and folders will not be accepted.

Entries not meeting these requirements will be disqualified. Illustrations will not be considered during judging.

Entries from grades one and two will be judged together; entries from grades three, four and five will be judged by grade level. Students are allowed one entry each.

Prizes will be awarded in these four categories: first prize $25, second prize $15 and third prize $10. There will be a maximum of three honorable mention prizes of $3 in each category.

Entries must be postmarked by midnight Friday, March 29 and received by Tuesday, April 2.

Entries may be sent through inter-district mail to Creative Writing Contest, c/o McKinley Elementary School. Entries may be mailed to Creating Writing Contest, c/o McKinley Elementary School, 1740 Constance Blvd. N.E., Ham Lake, MN 55304-5697. Entries will not be returned.

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