PHB Homeschool Writing Contest 2014

“PHB” Homeschool Writing Contest!!! 2014  phbwritinglogo

“PHB” Philadelphia Homeschool Blog

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m hosting my third annual Nationwide Homeschool Writing Contest!  Here’s the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades 3 through 8.

How to Enter:  

1)  Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules:  Writing Contest Rules

2.) Write a story of 1000 words or less, beginning with this starter:

___(Character Name)____  looked around, but realized with a sudden dread there was no way out.  He/She was trapped! 

Where was your character trapped?  In a pit?  In a closet?  In a lie?  In Medieval Europe surrounded by fire-breathing dragons?  What or who is your character?  Yourself?  Another person?  A puppy?  A bug?  An alien from an alternate universe?  Tell us about it!

3.)  Fill out and mail in your entry form and story.  Please click here to obtain the entry form: 2014 Entry Form Writing Contest

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, November 22nd.

Where to Send Story:  Please see “Writing Contest Rules” for details.

Categories:   Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades 3 & 4
  • Grades 5 & 6
  • Grades 7 & 8

Prizes:  1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be given for each category.

1) 1st prize:

2.) 2nd prize:

3.) 3rd prize:

All entrants: will receive a certificate for participating in the contest.

Winner Notification:  Winners will be notified by email in December, 2014

Judging:  See panel of judges listed below (following the sponsors).

Special Thanks to the Sponsors who helped make this contest possible!

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Institute for Excellence in Writing:  excellenceinwriting.comIEW_logo 4 color stacked 2x2

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Our special offer and drawing can be viewed here.

Let this be the year your family experiences Excellence in Writing!

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Peace Hill Press:  TwitterPHPLogo copy

For over a decade, Peace Hill Press has made classical education accessible to parents, teachers, and students. We create resources for teaching reading, history, geography, grammar, and writing, including books by our founders, Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise (authors of The Well-Trained Mind, a bestselling guide to education at home). Whether you’re a veteran educator or a nervous first-timer, Peace Hill Press will give you the tools and confidence you need to bring classical education to the next generation.

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Silver Lining Press: gokoldschoolhouse

Glory of Kings Science Curriculum for Grades K – 3 (Created by Yours Truly!)

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*Creative Projects

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Special Thanks also to the panel of judges who are helping to make this contest possible:

Marlene Bagnull, Litt.D.: www.writehisanswer.commjb GP FB2-1

Marlene has authored five books including Write His Answer: A Bible Study for Christian Writers, compiled/edited four other books, and made over 1,000 sales to Christian periodicals. She has served on the faculty of over 70 Christian writers’ conferences and taught over 50 writing seminars around the nation. Marlene leads two critique groups and is the publisher and editor at Ampelos Press. In 1983 she founded the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship and directs their yearly conference. In 1997 she began directing the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. Marlene and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last November. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.

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Pam was a homeschooling mom for 9 years.  She’s a  published picture book author and is about to become a published novelist.  Hope Springs Books will be releasing her fantasy novel this coming February.  For the last several years Pam has coordinated the “Teens Write” program for the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.  She lives in New Jersey, with her husband, Daryl, and daughters, Anna and Mary.
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Michelle Lofton:  Michelle L 2013 - Copy

Michelle is a Christian wife and mother of three who lives and homeschools in Philadelphia. Michelle began her writing career as an obituary writer in NJ.  Armed with a degree in English and Professional Communications from St. Joseph’s University, Michelle has also worked in communications at a Philadelphia independent school, where she served as assistant editor for the school’s semi-annual academic journal, and wrote press releases and articles for publication in area newspapers.  Michelle’s love of the written word has led her to her current part-time positions with a national handwriting curriculum company, and in the author events department of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  When she is not reading or writing, Michelle can often be found practicing with her church’s bell choir, knitting socks for her family, or working out in the swimming pool at her local community center.

Rosario Cintron: & Blog Profile Photo

Rosario currently lives in Langhorne, PA with her husband. Together they have a 3-year-old daughter and baby daughter.  She also has two stepchildren. Rosario is a Believer and stay-at-home mom who keeps busy managing two concurrent blogs: The Latina Lens, which explores the depth of the issues that affect and inform the Hispanic/Latino experience in the U.S.; and, Mami Musings—an honest look at the beautifully complex realities of wifedom and motherhood, with a little adventure thrown in as she tries to inject a little bit of style and beauty into her family’s everyday life as a novice DIYer.

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Julia Melone:

Julia is an artist, wife, mother, homemaker, and Jesus-lover who has lived in Philadelphia for ten years. She graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2006 and thrives on creativity in daily life. Her hobbies include writing, photography, graphic design, and spending time with her daughters. She and her husband blog very occasionally at

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Kay Ben-Avraham:  Joy
Kay ben-Avraham works part-time as a freelance writer and editor, ascribes to the Lewis definition of a literary man by re-reading all her favorite books an embarrassing number of times, and rather adores God.  She lives in East Falls with her husband, David, and their toddler Jonathan, whose current interests in life include trains, popcorn, and tea.
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Gwen Fredette: and

I am not a judge this year but will continue to act as the contest coordinator and liaison with the winners. Here’s a quick bio of me:

Gwen lives with her husband and four beautiful children in Philadelphia, PA, and has been homeschooling for over ten years.   In addition to writing weekly for her blogs, Philadelphia Homeschool and U READ Thru History (a free online homeschool history curriculum), Gwen has written three homeschool science curricula and has been busy at work on her first children’s novel.   A committed Christian, Gwen seeks to exalt Christ in all of her work.


Homeschool Writing Contest Posted by Gwen Fredette on October 15th, 2014

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