writing competition at the middle school level conducted by the Tamarack
Writers Group and Lakeview Area News.
and 8th grade students at Central Montcalm Public School, Lakeview
Community Schools, Montabella Community Schools, Morley Stanwood Schools, Tri County
Area Schools. Home School students may enter as well. Each student is invited to submit a written
response each month.
When? The contest is conducted monthly,
with submission dates for each school on the last day of the month. Pieces from each school will be published in
the Lakeview Area News following submission. Deadline dates are as follows:
February 28th, March 31st, April 30th
and May 31st.
Submit your writing to email@example.com
Parameters for the writing Each submission may not exceed 300
words, should address the topic listed below, take a specific stand and support
the position with valid evidence and reasoning.
It should be edited. Suggestions
include peer editing and a final teacher edit of the selected piece.
Parameters for school selection of
representative pieces Each
school will select one piece from the seventh grade and one piece from the
eighth grade to represent the school in the newspaper. Selection criteria can be determined by each
local school, but two potential recommended methods are:
an adult panel of staff members to select the best representation of each grade
level based on how the student specifically addresses the prompt and correct
use of mechanics, spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.
of a student led panel to select the best representation based on the same
expectations listed above.
Permission of parent and student
blurb Teacher will
be responsible for contacting student’s parents for permission to publish their
work in the Lakeview Area News. Also,
please submit a short blurb about the student to include with their piece. Information in this author blurb could
include age, parents, hobbies, interests, favorite subject and career
Best Submission Awards At the end of the four month
period, the Tamarack Writers Group will select the best submission from all of
the submissions for each month for each grade level. Tamarack Writers will send a certificate and
award to the best 7th grade and 8th grade entry.
Potential Ways to Hype the Contest
and Student Writing
Put up a
display in the hallway or English classrooms to show the winning submissions each
month. Announce local winner in a
school-wide announcement or at school assembly/ gathering.
students for topic, select and edit their writing.
Lakeview Area News
article about the upcoming competition two weeks prior to the first submission
date (which could be read by the English teachers to each class.) Publish
student writing in the newspaper.
Tamarack Writers Group
awards and certificates for winning students.
Hold an author’s exhibition and awards ceremony for all writers who have
submitted work at Tamarack District Library.
Tamarack District Library
to host Tamarack Writers Group meetings.
Hold awards ceremony for winners on date to be determined.
February – Is
homework good for students?
March – Is texting
a valid form of communication?
April – Should
schools be allowed to monitor students’ social media?
May – Is video
gaming limiting learning?