Christmas Contest

This contest is open for children and teens ages 5 through 17.


We want to know about Santa!

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So dive into your imagination and see what you come up with. Winning entries will be published either digitally or in print. (Submit below – 1500 word max) Here’s what we’re looking for:


  • What year Santa was born?
  • What was his birth name?
  • Does he have any brothers and/or sisters?
  • What are his parents’ names?
  • What did his parents do?
  • Did Santa have a favorite pet growing up?
  • What’s his favorite food?
  • What was the name of the town in the North Pole he was born in?
  • Where did he go to school?
  • How did he come to be Santa?
  • How did he meet Mrs. Claus?
  • What made him want to give gifts to all the girls and boys?
  • What was the first year he delivered gifts?
  • How did he find all his reindeer?

Have fun!!!


Teen Haikus

PIE

pie

I like to eat pie

It’s warm and sweet aroma

Makes tastebuds go wild


By: Alex R., 13 years old – aside from pie, Alex also likes sushi, basketball and food in general!


CELLPHONE

iphone

I love my cellphone

My friends text me very much

My phone is my life


By: Gabby L., 15 years old – aside from her cellphone, Gabby also likes money, pickles and, of course, her friends. 


Love a Dog

dog

I would love a dog

Because they are fun and cute

They are so playful


By: Brandie M., 14 years old – aside from dogs, Brandie also loves her mom and God.


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Dragon Art

Kai Dong's Dragon Flying in the Mountains


“Dragon Flying in the Mountains” by Kai D, 10 years old


Kai loves dragons, elephants and  cheetahs; geography, playing violin and riding his bike. He says, “I like to build with LEGOS because they are fun and easy to take apart.” This creative and enterprising  young talent is also writing a book entitled, “Claws of the Sky”.



 

I Have A Dream

 

Roses are red

Violets are blue

If you were a flower

I would pick you.


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I dream to fly

to touch the sky

in hopes of meeting you…

I then will soar

down to the floor

so I could see you.


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I have a dream

a dream to be free

a dream that we will all be free…

a dream to soar

up to the sky

and be with all my people.


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A look into the magical mind of a 13-year-old. We thank Sydney J. (GirlScout) for allowing us to share her thoughts and imagination. 


Christmas Morning

I watch our son create

Young boy smart and free

in his imagination

I am like him

a child dreaming

full of wonder

hope

and

inspiration…


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Christmas Morning, Lewis Mansel, 1885


I pray his dreams come true

The world often is not

ready

for

wild ideas and yet

we

dare

be

Artists.


We are forever inspired by our children. 


Going to Kentucky…

 

 

teenUgh! I cannot believe them.

How could they be so selfish? So rude? So insane? Yea, that’s what they are. Insane. Insane to think I’m going to move to Kentucky!

What’s in Kentucky?

I can’t imagine leaving my two best friends. I always had dreams of going to high school here in New York. Long Island is my home, my life – and my parents want me to leave it all behind? You’ve got to be kidding me.

From now on I’m putting myself out. They want to take away my life? Now I’m going to take away their sweet, innocent daughter.

I’ll wear hats, shades, scarves, hoods… no ones’ going to see me in Kentucky! They want to change where I’m living? I’m going to change who I am.

I’m not ready for Kentucky. I want to stay here, in New York, forever. Kentucky is definitely not ready for me.


This was a monologue written as a scene for the stage by Jasmine, a 13-year-old, 7th-grader. The prompt was internal conflict, something many writers struggle with. However,  Jasmine met the challenge with great success.