Please use my Broward Schools email to communicate with me (not the teacherweb link). Email:

We have a few writing contests that I encourage you to participate in:

Deadline November 1: "The Sky's the Limit" sponsored by author Meredith McCardle (who will be at Cypress Bay to talk to Mrs. Seigel's writing class--let me know if your interested in attending) and AMAZON. The prize is a KINDLE. For details (online submission) go to

What you need to do: During the Entry Period, create a short story and enter the first 250 words into the website: No purchase is necessary. All entrants under the age of eighteen (18) must obtain the permission of a parent or guardian before entering.

Deadline, December 5: PTA "Reflections" contest: There is a financial reward--not known at this time, but I do know they will pay you a $100 if you submit an idea for next year's contest and your idea is selected. This year: Reflect on the theme - The world would be a better place if...

You may choose a style to respond: prose, poetry, drama, reflective essay, narrative, short story. An explanation of the storyline and/or significance of the literature style might be a useful addition to the artist statement. The piece will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his/er artistic vision to portray the theme, originality, and creativity. Must not exceed 2,000 words.

Deadline February 18: District Literary Fair. The prize is recognition. (This recognition makes you shine on a college application...) There are MANY categories.