Contests

cover emblemLet’s write a book together—Cover to cover.

You write. We publish.

Hey kids, have you ever wondered how books are published? Do you have a story to tell? Enter the Cover to Cover Writing Contest and win a book deal.

Contest Goals: The goal of this contest is to encourage young authors to participate in writing narratives, editing text, and the publishing process.

Rules: Writers must be in grades 1st-5th. Writers must submit a completed manuscript using Google Drive. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Only single author stories qualify. Submission must be a fiction manuscript with a word count up to 5,000 words. I will work with the winner to publish a book on CreateSpace. The author must submit pictures and pay for the cover. Entry Fee $25.

Prizes:

  1. A published book with me as the editor using CreateSpace. Plus, an Amazon gift card. Book showcased on my website www.rickybruce.com, a certificate of completion.
  2. An Amazon gift card. The opportunity to showcase part of your book on my website www.rickybruce.com, a certificate of completion.
  3. The opportunity to showcase part of your book on my website www.rickybruce.com, a certificate of completion.

All participants get an e-Certificate and a signed copy of one of my books.

Standards Supported: Based on California and Common Core State Standards: Some of the standards supported.

 Text Types and Purposes: Grades 1st-5th

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.A Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.3.B Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

Production and Distribution of Writing:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.5 With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.A Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3.B Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

Production and Distribution of Writing:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.  Rick portrait

Credentials: My name is Rick Crawford a.k.a. Ricky Bruce, and I am a children’s book writer from San Jose, California. My passion is writing children’s fiction chapter books for ages 6-12. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education, Bachelor’s Degrees in Anthropology and Social Science, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and I am C-TEL/ CLAD Certified. I have taught in elementary school settings for over fifteen years in Santa Clara County. These life experiences have helped me discover my passion for writing, and to understand what children enjoy reading. Recently, I self-published a book about a kindergartner’s first day in school, called Ricky Robinson Braveheart. Following the publication of this book, I received a contract to publish a book I wrote called Stink Bomb, which is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and on my website www.rickybruce.com. I am currently working with my publisher to complete my new book Dot and Scribble Fall into Adventure. I am available to do book signings, to speak about education and learning, or share about writing fiction.

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