Disastrous Directions!

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A contest for short stories of travels gone wrong

200–500 words

We are hosting another contest and live webinar event for our Cover Story students! Any student who is currently using the curriculum is eligible to enter their short story from lesson 48 for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Guidelines for short stories can be reviewed below or in lesson 48 of your Student Book.

Prizes

The top three winners will recieve 2 posters of their choice from ONE of these Etsy shops:

The finalists will receive 1 poster of their choice from either of the above Etsy shops.

How Your Student Can Enter

  1. Any student using Cover Story this school year is eligible to submit one short story.
  2. The story must be submitted by the parent/teacher of the student.
  3. To be eligible for prizes, the story must come from the student’s own mind, with no outside input from family, friends, or teachers.
  4. The story must be accompanied by the student’s first name, age, state/province of residence, and shipping address. (The address should be accompanied by a first and last name, but only the student’s first name will be listed next to his or her entry.)
  5. Submissions should be emailed to info@coverstorywriting.com. Please include the phrase “Disastrous Directions” in the subject line of your email.
  6. When contest winners are chosen, we will contact you to find out which prize your student would prefer. If your student is a winner, please be watching for this email.

Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. CDT on March 24, 2017

Live Webinar

On Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. CDT, Mr. and Mrs. S. will host a special live webinar for you and your Cover Story student. We’ll read short stories aloud (with flair!), award prizes to the winners, and celebrate these humorous tales.

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

> Tuesday, April 4, 2017
> 7:00 p.m. CDT

How to Join the Webinar:

Go to the Webinar Room to join the event. 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.

Parents / Family members:

Only students are eligible to receive giveaway items. Again, please make sure that short stories credited to students originated with the students themselves without input from the parent.

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

Short Story Guidelines

This particular contest submission is covered in Lesson 48 of the Cover Story Student Book.

Although the Student Book gives a 200–300 word guideline, we are accepting short stories between 200 words and 500 words in length. Longer or shorter pieces will be disqualified.

In Lesson 46, your student practiced writing step-by-step instructions by composing a set of directions leading the reader to a fictional place (invented by the student), pretending that this place is located within his or her hometown.

For this contest, your student will submit the follow-up content from Lesson 48. Here, they are asked to write an article as if they are following the directions written in Lesson 46. Instead of writing from the perspective of the magazine editor, they will write from the perspective of a travel writer, documenting their journey to your student’s invented location.

Ultimately, the student is meant to produce a humorous piece of writing detailing “how everything went wrong.” Using sensory details, they will describe what unexpected difficulties they encountered on their journey—at least one for each of the steps your student previously created when they wrote the directions.

Your student may enter the humor piece from their magazine if they wish, or they may compose a new short story to send in. Please refer to the video lecture and the textbook chapter for more information on writing this short story.