February Fiction: The Optician’s (a poem)

by Bethany Wood, Age 16, England The fiction prompt of the month for February was “shapes.”   The Optician’s I survey the book-lined shelves, but… …they may be folders, may be files; orderly shapes, slotting together: disconnected equilaterals amalgamated. Waiting, I see irregular shapes outside which dance, contorting to new forms: autonomous objects, yet somehow beautifully...
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Winners of the February Giveaway

  Here are the names of the winners of the Polly Wants to Be a Writer: Workbook 5 giveaway. They were chosen by random draw.   Hennessy Arroyo, Hawai’i, USA Aazan Ahmad, Seoul, South Korea Hannah Goulet, Saskatchewan, Canada Victoria Strassler, Canada Tallis Baker, Australia Chris Roussos, Australia Antoinette Monteiro, Australia Adaline Griffiths, USA Eden Wilson, Northern...
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Using Weather Symbols in Fiction

Post and Artwork by Sylvia Nica, Age 14, USA   Symbols. They may bring back memories of boring literature lectures, but they can be a great way to add meaning and depth to your writing. Like clues scattered around you writing, symbols can hint to your reader the meaning of an event or alter the...
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An Impossible Demand (short story)

by Rida Rangoonwala, Age 18, USA This short story was the winner of an LTC Insider Plus+ weekly writing challenge.   An Impossible Demand “Adriana, you have a meeting with a Mr. Jestyr for 2:30.” I sighed, turning from my computer to face Nicole, my anxious secretary. “Send him straight in when he comes. I’ll...
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Five Tips for Capturing Your Writing Ideas

Post and Artwork by Sierra Ret, Age 17, Canada   One of the most universal traits of writers is our ability to find inspiration anywhere. A faded black and white photo, a particularly gorgeous fall landscape, or a conversation overheard at a restaurant are all capable of igniting the creative fire burning within us. But,...
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January Fiction: The Final Story (short story)

by Emma Ryan, Age 14, USA The fiction prompt of the month for January was “superstitions.”   The Final Story They’ve always called me superstitious, even mad. They’ve always called the happening a “coincidence.” But I know better–and so does Uncle Van, if he is still alive. It occurred late at night. Not a particularly blustery,...
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