We are curious about your student’s “Curious Questions”!

We’ve run this contest for four years—it’s the contest that began it all—and it’s one of our favorites! It’s a very simple event: you send us some of your student’s most profound, humorous, or thought-provoking questions from Section 1 of The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther von Steuben, and we hold a webinar to share the entries and give away steampunk-themed prizes.

We aren’t merely curious to read the unusual and funny questions students come up with; we are truly passionate about nurturing your student’s curiosity. The ability to ask good questions and to look at the world with wonder is foundational to strong writing. This event is one way we can help students enjoy being curious!


Some of the prizes are:

•A piece of steampunk memorabilia, like a magnifying glass, a compass, or a pair of tricked-out goggles
•A wooden mouse, hand-carved in honor of Mr. S’s Legends of Tira-Nor series
•An autographed copy of one the novels from that series: Runt the Brave, Runt the Hunted, or Curse of the Seer


A few of the prizes from a past giveaway

How My Student Can Enter

  • Any student using Cover Story this school year is eligible to submit up to 5 “Curious Questions.”
  • The questions must be submitted by the parent/teacher of the student.
  • To be eligible for prizes, the questions must come from the student’s own mind, with no outside input from family, friends, or teachers.
  • The questions must be accompanied by the student’s first name, age, and state/province of residence.

Submit Your Student’s Curious Questions »

Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. CDT on October 18, 2017.

Live Webinar

CuriousQs Giveaway FB banner 400pxThe webinar will be Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. CDT. It will be roughly half an hour long. We’ll laugh over funny questions, muse over puzzling ones, admire deep and insightful musings, and give stuff away!

NOTE: You do NOT have to be present at the webinar to win your prize. But it will be fun, so don’t miss it!

> Thursday, October 26, 2017
> 7:00 p.m. CDT

You are not required to sign up in advance for this webinar.

We will send out a reminder email before October 26. It will include the link to the Webinar Room. The online “room” will be open a few minutes early—generally within 15 minutes before start time—so that you can connect and be ready before it starts. If it will be your first time watching one of our webinars, we recommend joining early so you have time to install the Cisco Webex extension if you need to (the webinar service we use).

PLEASE NOTE:  We will only share your student’s submissions using their first name and state/province of residence. No last names will be mentioned.

** We will send out a link to watch a recording, if you have to miss it. **