Cheerios New Author Contest
Have you ever thought about writing a children's book. You love children, and you have something to teach them. Well, here is your chance. The annual Cheerios New Authors Contest is about to get underway, and they are desperately seeking the next talented children's book author. You could be the author they are searching for.
- Cheerios Spoonful of Stories Program
- A Contest for First Time Authors Only
- The lucky winner
- Judged By First Book Volunteers
- What Are You Wating For?
Cheerios Spoonful of Stories Program
The Annual New Author Contest is part of the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories program. The contest was part of the Spoonful of Stories program, ever since the program began nine years ago. The Cheerios Spoonful of Stories teemed up with Simon & Shuster to distribute millions of books to needy children. Since the program's inception nine years ago, Cheerios has given away over 9 million books in boxes of Cheerios cereal. Cheerios has also donated over $3.5 million to First Book to help get books into the hands of children from low-income families.
A Contest for First Time Authors Only
The contest rules are abundantly clear about who the contest is for, it is for the first time author—no professional writers need to submit. All published writers will be disqualified. Publishing on sites like Wikinut or Factoidz will not disqualify you, but if you write for a WFH (Work For Hire) site or are paid a salary to write for an online site will disqualify you. Having published short stories or articles in print publications will disqualify you.
The lucky winner
This contest is the unpublished writers chance to break into print. Unlike most contests of this type, there is no entry fee. Every year, the best story, is printed by Simon & Shuster and placed in millions of Cheerios cereal boxes and the author receives a $5000 cash award as the Grand Prize. The authors of the two next best stories will receive a $1000 each. The author of the winning story also has an opportunity to have his or her story published in book form by Simon & Shuster at some future date.
Judged By First Book Volunteers
The Cheerios Spoonful of Stories would not be possible, at least not without charging an entry fee, without the First Book volunteers who read and evaluate thousands of entries every year. Each entry must be 500 words or less in length, but that is still a lot of reading for the volunteer evaluators to do. The final decision will be made by a panel of literary experts from Simon & Shuster.
What Are You Wating For?
Each electronic entry must be in by 11:59 p.m. Central Time, July 15, 2011. you can enter as many 500 word children short stories as you like, but you can only enter each story once. Fill out the online entry form now, it is quick and easy. This is your chance of fulfilling your dream of becoming a children's book author.
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