Writing Contest

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Kids Writing Contest For Grades 3-5

Theme: Alien in your backyard!

Show us your writing chops by creating your very own alien story. And get a chance to win exciting prizes! 

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Winners of Storybook Category

1st Place

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Marc N.
Grade 5
St. Dorothy, Glendora, CA

2nd Place

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Paisley L.
Grade 4
Divich Elementary, Las Vegas, NV

3rd Place

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Brynlee A.
Grade 4
Coral Academy, Reno, NV
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Winners of Comic Book Category

1st Place

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Kimber A.
Grade 3
Hoaglin-Zenia Elementary, Zenia, CA

2nd Place

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Levi C.
Grade 3
Hoaglin-Zenia Elementary, Zenia, CA

3rd Place

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David O.
Grade 4
Ronald Reagan Elementary School, Palm Desert, CA

Closed for Submissions

Note: Submission deadline was August 31, 2021.

For parents and students

For school, district, or Parent-Teacher organization

Prizes

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded in each category.

1st prize

$75

(Amazon Gift Card)

2nd prize

$50

(Amazon Gift Card)​

3rd prize

$25

(Amazon Gift Card)​

Stan Lee did it. Now it’s your turn.

Your Writing Prompt

Suppose an alien landed right in your backyard.  They are the same age as you. What is their name, describe their appearance, and where did they come from?.


Describe how you become friends and share activities.  What can you teach this creature?


What can they teach you?  How does your friendship develop?

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Writing Contest Guidelines

Open to grades: 3-5

Participation Fee: None, it’s FREE

Submit your entry for Alien Story Writing Contest in the form of a:

  1. Narrative Story
  2. Graphic Story (Comic strip)
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  • Submission should not exceed 500 words.
  • PDF file only, not to exceed 10 MB.
  • Typed only
  • English only
  • Include a title for the Story Book.
  • Submission should not exceed 4 single-sided 8.5X11 pages including the cover page.
  • PDF file only, not to exceed 10 MB.
  • Can be hand-drawn or digital.
  • Any written content should be legible.
  • English only
  • Include a title for the Comic Book.

*Note: Submission deadline was August 31, 2021.*

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  • Submission of entry into this contest constitutes acceptance of all rules and conditions.
  • Students should be US residents.
  • Students should be from grades 3 through 5 during the 2020-21 school year.
  • Only one submission allowed per student.
  • Each submission must be the creative and original work of the student. Help from an adult or other students is not allowed. Computer-generated images are acceptable as long as they are your original work (no clip art).
  • Story Book should not exceed 500 words.
  • Comic Book should not exceed the maximum length of 4 pages, including the cover page.
  • Use letter-size paper (8.5 x 11) with black-and-white drawings.
  • Only digital copies accepted. No hard copy submissions allowed.
  • Talentnook reserves the right to reproduce your work. You can reuse all your work after the contest. This submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this program constitutes the entrant’s irrevocable permission and consent that Talentnook may display, copy, reproduce, enhance, print, sublicense, publish, distribute and create derivative works for its own purposes.
  • Entries can be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
  • The use of copyrighted content, including any copyrighted comic book or cartoon characters or likeness thereof, is not acceptable in any submission.
  • The submission may include public places, figures, well-known products, trademarks or certain other copyrighted content as long as that copyrighted material is incidental to the submission.
  • The resulting work cannot try to establish an association between the participating student and the trademark or copyrighted content/material, or influence the purchase/non-purchase of any trademarked products.
Have questions about the writing contest? Reach out to us at info@talentnook.com

Judging Criteria

Entries for the Alien Story Writing Contest for kids will be judged by a panel of Talentnook teachers and staff. To understand what the judges will be looking for, you can view the rubric for each category.

Story Book Rubric

Criteria Weight Advanced Proficient Basic Not There Yet
Main Idea & Focus 20% Skillfully combines story elements around main idea through dialogue

Focus on topic is profoundly clear through drawings and dialogue
Combines story elements around main idea Dialogue matches drawing elements

Focus on topic is clear, accurate, and fun
Story elements do not reveal a main idea and drawings are inconsistent with dialogue

Focus on topic is confusing
There is no clear main idea and drawings are not well done

Focus on topic is not clear
Plot & Narrative Devices 20% Characters, plot, and setting are developed strongly through words and pictures

Sensory details and narratives are skillfully woven and evident
Characters, plot, and setting are developed

Sensory details and narratives are evident but not consistent
Characters, plot, and setting are minimally developed, and there is confusion between dialogue and illustrations

Attempts to use narratives and sensory details, but does not flow
Lacks development on characters, plot, and setting in drawing and/or words

Fails to use sensory details and narratives
Organization 20% Strong and engaging description in words and illustrations

Sequencing of details are effective, logical, and articulate
Engaging description and offers details

Adequate sequencing of details but lacks depth
Description needs some work both in writing and illustrating

Sequencing is limited and undeveloped
Description and sequencing needs major revision and is inadequate
Voice 20% Voice is expressive and confident

Fun to read and follow
Voice is authentic, but lacks some purpose Voice is undefined and hard to follow Writer's voice is not evident and gets lost
Sentence Fluency 10% Sentence structure enhances meaning and adds to reading Purposeful use of sentence structure Sentence structure is limited No sense of sentence structure
Conventions 10% A strong sense of writing conventions is apparent Standard writing conventions is apparent Grade level appropriate conventions Limited use of appropriate conventions

Comic Book Rubric​

Criteria Weight Advanced Proficient Basic Not There Yet
Main Idea & Focus 20% Skillfully combines story elements around main idea

Focus on topic is profoundly clear

Informative with clear focus and supporting details
Combines story elements around main idea

Informative with clear focus
Focus needs to be expanded and supporting details are needed There is no clear main idea

Little focus on topic
Plot & Narrative Devices 20% Characters, plot, and setting are developed strongly

Sensory details and narratives are skillfully evident
Characters, plot, and setting are developed

Sensory details and narratives are accurate
Characters, plot, and setting are minimally developed

Attempts to use narratives and sensory details
Lacks development on characters, plot, and setting

Fails to use sensory details and narratives
Organization 20% Very well organized; easy to read Has a beginning, middle, and end Description needs some work

Sequencing is limited

Little organization; needs transitions
Description and sequencing needs major revision
Voice 20% Voice is expressive and confident Voice is authentic Voice is undefined Writer's voice is not evident

Little to no voice, needs confidence
Sentence Fluency 10% Sentence structure enhances meaning

Sentences flow throughout piece
Purposeful use of sentence structure

Sentences mostly flow
Sentence structure is limited

Sentences need to flow
No sense of sentence structure

Sentences are difficult to read and do not flow
Conventions 10% A strong sense of writing conventions is apparent

Zero errors
Standard writing conventions is apparent

Few errors
Minimal grade level appropriate conventions

Many errors
Limited use of appropriate conventions

Difficult to read

You're Invited!

Event: Virtual Awards Ceremony 

Join us as we celebrate the writing contest winners and meet our new alien friends.

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021. 5:00 PM PST

Where: Zoomhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/88456082817?pwd=ZktSNkk5VVhKMThzS05NWHdtdGdKUT09

Meeting ID: 884 5608 2817

Passcode: 997407

All contestants, their families, & friends are warmly invited.  Also open to the general public.

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