Teachers of the students
of the top 3 stories will win a Webinar
Ultimate Pass (worth $90) for 12 free webinars.
Creative Story Contests
you know a French, Spanish or German student who loves to write stories?
Here's their opportunity to shine! Chalkboard Productions introduces a
series of writing contests to encourage budding writers to write in their
new language. We'll give the students 3 structures in the target language,
and then let the students' imaginations go free! Any genre of story is
eligible. Students can enter as many stories as they want (each story
requires a paid entry fee of $1, story entries are sold in multiples of
$5). Each story has a 300 word maximum and must be completely in the language
of that contest.
Maximum word count
= 300 words
Maximum age = 18
Maximum number of
stories a student can enter = unlimited!
1st prize wins $50,
2nd prize wins $25, and 3rd prize wins $10. There will also be 7 Honorable
Mention Certificate awards, and all of the top 10 will have their stories
published on the Chalkboard Productions website. This is a great opportunity
for young writers to get their start!
for students to submit their stories to their teachers/homeschool
parents. (Minimum of 5 stories can be entered. Students can enter
as many stories as they want, but each story requires a $1 entry fee.
Teachers at the same school may combine registrations to meet the
contest entries should be turned in to Chalkboard Productions by the
teacher/parent. The entry fees must also be paid by this time.
winners will be notified and posted shortly thereafter on the Chalkboard
must be classified as "regular" or "outside experience"
according to the National Spanish Exam criteria. (Comparable criteria
for French and German.)
To enter your students'
Introduce the three
structures to the students and use them in class. The 3
structures will be announced here on February 1, 2013.
The stories can use first, second or third person subjects, singular
or plural, and the story can be in the present or in the past.
Have your students
write a story revolving around those three structures. Many excellent
stories didn't win in previous contests because they didn't use those
structures as the focal point of the story. The stories must be under
300 words. The most common length is between 100-200 words.
Download the Entry
Packet for more detailed instructions and check lists
Collect money from
students or from your school and pay the entry fee by clicking the
PayPal button below (or by calling
1-855-922-4255) and using a credit card. You do not have to have a PayPal
account to pay using the button. You can also send a school PO for the
entry fee, but it needs to be postmarked by February 28, 2013.
Collect the students'
stories and e-mail them to Chalkboard
Productions as per the instructions in the entry packet.
Students cannot be helped with their stories
before the judging. After the judging, the winners will
get a chance to work with their teachers and make corrections before
they are published on the website. Please remind students that their
entry will be disqualified if they use online translators. They can
use a dictionary to look up isolated words, but the stories will sound
better if they use words they already know.