Writing Teacher Resources
The primary age range for our services is 9 through 21.
Free Online Contests
Annual Junior Authors Short Story Contest
Runs January to June 30th every year. Students write a short story on any theme of no more than 1,000 words. Past winning stories are online and can be used as a teaching resource with permission. Judging criteria is listed on the rules page. Info
Annual Junior Authors Poetry Contest (New for 2013)
Runs August to January 31st every year. Students write a poem of no more than 50 lines on any subject and in any style. Feedback option is available for a small fee. Judging criteria is listed on the rules page. Info
New Junior Authors Video Contest
Runs through February 26th. Students create a 30-second promotional video for Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published. Voting takes place on You Tube between March 1 – 31. Cash prizes. Two age groups. Info
Polly Wants to Be a Writer
The YA novel Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published was designed with the classroom in mind. If you are teaching fiction writing to your students, this book is a must-have. It will satisfy both your fiction reading and writing component. Info
DIY Writing Contest?
If you are hosting your own writing contest at the classroom, school or district level and are looking for prizes or guidance, please get in touch with Laura about donating a copy of Polly, providing management support, or volunteering as one of your judges.
Annual Polly Prize for Creative Writing
Every year a prize of $250 is given to a young writer for achievement in creative writing. Please encourage your students to apply. The deadline is August 31st. Info
Polly Step-by-Step Writing Workbooks
Polly Wants to Be a Writer Workbook 1: Write a Short Story is available now for the low price of $3 Canadian. Only available in our store. Interactive PDF file for download and printing. Info
jaBlog! The Blog By and For Young Writers
Our young writers blog is run like an e-zine. It has articles on the art and craft of writing, short stories and poetry written by young writers, interviews with authors, and much more. Encourage your students to browse the article index and to submit something. Info
Laura Thomas Comm You Tube Channel
This is new for us, but stay tuned for videos that will help your students write better fiction and non-fiction. Click here to view our channel. If there is a specific topic that you would like Laura to cover in a 5 – 10 minutes video, please email her.
Laura does a limited number of educational, large group or small group workshop, author visits each year. Info
Work Experience & Building Publishing Credentials
LTC International Team
Our team is exclusively made up of young freelancers who provide a variety of support services to LTC. If you have a student who is truly keen on pursuing a career in writing, please encourage him or her to apply. The LTC Team assists Laura in the publication of jaBlog! and provides support for LTC services in marketing and communications. Info
Write for jaBlog! The Blog By and For Junior Authors
If you have students who would like to try their hand at non-fiction article writing, fiction writing, and more, please direct them to the Submit page of jaBlog! You may use the articles as a classroom resource with permission. Writers have to be on the LTC Insider Mailing List to participate. It’s free to sign up.
Our website also has pages with writing tips and prompts, a literary calendar of events, and a free help page where students can post writing questions and receive assistance at no charge. Laura usually responds within 24 hours. Info
These are one-day conferences with multiple workshops taught by industry professionals on the art and craft of writing. The JA writing conferences are unique in that they cater only to young writers between the ages of 9 and 21. Meals are included, as is a parent workshop at the end of the day. The conferences take place in various cities each year. They are ticketed events, though we strive to keep the cost affordable and offer financial assistance scholarships to a handful of students. If you have a group that wishes to attend, please get in touch. Info
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