Explore Horizons 4th Annual Young Writers’ Award

If you’ve got a pint-sized J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K Rowling or even J. M. Barrie on your hands, Explore Horizons wants to hear from your kiddo. The 4th annual Young Writers’ Awards are now underway. Organized by Explore Horizons tutoring centers, the writing contest is open to children ages 5-14.

Students may enter a short story of no more than 500 words on this year’s theme, “The Future.” Entries are due by April 17. The winning DFW-area student will receive a trophy, Kindle Fire HD and $500 worth of books for their school, and the winning story will be illustrated and published online. Entries will be judged by Polly Holyoke, the Plano-based author of “The Neptune Project,” which was on the 20145-15 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.

In preparation for the writing contest, Explore Horizons will offer free writing workshops prior to the entry deadline of April 17. These workshops will help students develop expository and personal writing skills, and they also include activities that support the STAAR writing assessments.

Upcoming writing workshops for students:

  • February 15 at the Plano Explore Horizons Center. Sign up here.
  • February 23 4-5pm at the Allen Public Library. Call (214) 509-4900 to sign up.

If you are an educator or PTA member and would like information on arranging your own free 60-minute workshop for students, email the  center or call them at 972-739-7025.

Explore Horizons tutoring centers offer year-round, personalized math, reading and writing enrichment. Its mission is to use the power of education to help every child fulfill their potential and be the very best they can be.

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