2015 Contest Open

The 2015 contest is now open for submissions. Please use the form below. Pdf file available here. 2015LAwritesentryandflyer Due May 15, 2015. Do not email submissions. Winners announced by Sept. 1, 2015.

Louisiana Writing Project
Louisiana Writes! Youth Writing Contest – 2015

Entry/ Release form

Please print. Failure to include all information may disqualify the entry.

Student’s Name _________________________________________________________
Title of entry ________________________________ Grade level _________________
Language: English French Category: Poetry Fiction Nonfiction
Teacher’s name ________________________E-mail _____________________________
School ___________________________________________________________________
School address ______________________ Principal ______________________________
City _______________________________, LA Zip ______________________________
Student’s Home mailing address _______________________________________________
City _________________________________, LA Zip _____________________________
Home phone number ___________________ e-mail address _________________________
Pledge of originality: I declare that the work I am submitting to the Louisiana Writes contest is my own original work.

Student’s signature ___________________________________________________________

Release form: I hereby grant to the Louisiana Writing Project the nonexclusive right and permission in respect of the original writing I have submitted to the Louisiana Writes contest, to use, publish, and otherwise reproduce this work and to use my child’s name to identify the author of this work in connection with my participation in the Louisiana Writes Contest. I understand that any use of this submitted work will include my child’s name as its creator. In any of the winning categories, the Louisiana Writing Project maintains the right to declare no winner and withhold prizes if no work of merit is found.

I, _________________________________, being the parent or guardian of the above-named minor, hereby consent to and join in the foregoing release and consent on behalf of said minor.
Note: Winners will be asked to submit a copy via e-mail in September of 2015. Authors and teachers should save a personal copy electronically enabling this submission.
An entry form is available at https://louisianawrites.wordpress.com
Louisiana Writes! Young Writer’s Contest
Louisiana Writing Project
Margaret Simon, Contest Coordinator
#3 Duperier Oaks, New Iberia, LA. 70563
Lawpwrites@yahoo.com

Louisiana Writes:
Youth Writing Contest – 2015

Competition is open to all Louisiana students in grades K-12.

Junior Division:

Prose: French or English Fiction or Nonfiction (750 word limit)
Poetry: (up to 3 poems, max. 100 lines) French or English

Medals and certificates awarded in each English category in each of the three grade-level divisions:
K-2nd grade 3rd-4th grade 5-6th grades
Medals and certificates awarded in each French category will be for all grade levels within the division: K – 6th grades.

Senior Division:

Prose: French or English Fiction or Nonfiction (1500 word limit)
Poetry: (up to 3 poems, max. 100 lines) French or English

Prizes, medals, and certificates awarded in each English category in each of the three grade-level divisions:
7th-8th grades 9th-10th grades 11th-12th grades

Prizes, medals, and certificates awarded in each French category will be for all grade levels within the division:
7th – 12th Grades

Deadline for entry: May 15, 2015

• Notification of winners by September 1, 2015.
• Entries must include an entry form with signed permission for publication. In order for judging to remain anonymous, please do not put the author’s name on the entry.
• Email submissions are not accepted at this time.
• Winning entries will be published in an anthology, and the winning authors will be invited to an event during the Louisiana Festival of the Book.
• In any of the winning categories the Louisiana Writing Project maintains the right to declare no winner and withhold prizes if no work of merit is found.
• Students may enter writings in all categories within their age group.

Send entries to:
Margaret Simon
# 3 Duperier Oaks
New Iberia, LA. 70563
E-mail: lawpwrites@yahoo.com (Do not email submissions)

2014 LA Writes Winners Announced!

lawriteslogo

LA Writes! is proud to announce this year’s winners. Each of these students will be honored at an awards ceremony at the State Museum at 9:00 AM on Nov. 1st, 2014. The ceremony will open the Louisiana Book Festival. Author judges, Ava Leavell Haymon, Genero Ky Ly Smith, and Ann Dobie will present the awards. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will speak. Teachers and families of winners are encouraged to attend.

2014 LA Writes Winners

3rd – 4th nonfiction
1st place
Vannisa Souriyavong
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

2nd place
Lillia K George
Home Sch’l(Glorious Ligth Academie), Carencro

5th – 6th nonfiction
1st place
Kysah Khokher
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Brooklyn Mire
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

3rd place
Megan Hamilton
Home School, Lafayette

7th – 8th nonfiction
1st place
Bryce Moulton
NSU Middle Lab School, Natchitoches

2nd place
Sarah James
Harry Hurst Middle School, Montz

3rd place
Maddie Taliancich
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

9th – 10th nonfiction
1st place
Jack Haslauer
Destrehan High School, Montz

2nd place
Jada Adlay Butler
Hahnville High School, Luling

3rd place
Savannah Whitney
Hahnville High School, Luling

11th – 12th nonfiction
1st place
Lauren Heffker
Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville

2nd place
Karleigh Howell
Hahnville High School, Paradis

3rd place
Madeleine LaCesne
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

K-2 poetry
1st place
Ella Cormier
S. J. Montgomery, Lafayette

2nd place
Andrew Spangler
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd place
Adam Long
Woodvale Elementary, Lafayette

3rd – 4th poetry
1st place
Lily Wu-Laudun
Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

2nd place
Emily Genest
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd place
Vannisa Souriyavong
Jefferson Island Rd. Elem, New Iberia

5th – 6th poetry
1st place
Collin Davis
Daspit Road Elementary, New Iberia

2nd place
Brooklyn Mire
Jefferson Island Rd. Elem, New Iberia

3rd place
Hrilina Ramrakhiani
Arden Cahill Academy, Gretna

7th – 8th poetry
1st place
Grace Morse
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Aja Becker
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Kaylie Bonin
Youngsville Middle School, Youngsville

9th – 10th poetry
1st place
Madeline Sintes
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Alexandra Gulden
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Sophie Evans
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

11th – 12th poetry
1st place
Madeleine LaCesne
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Isabella Hundley
Lafayette High School, Lafayette

3rd place
Emma Brock
North Shore Hich School, Slidell

K-2 fiction
1st place
Brennan Boyer
St. Pius Elementary School, Lafayette

2nd place
Keiffer Ary
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Andrew Spangler
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd – 4th fiction
1st place
Blaise Cormier
S. J. Montgomery, Lafayette

2nd place
Thaleia Rae-Yun Dufrene
Hammond Eastside Elem Magnet, Hammond

5th – 6th fiction
1st place
Joyce Zhao
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Benjamin Wilkins
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd place
Alphae LeBlanc
Myrtle Place Elementary, Lafayette

7th – 8th fiction
1st place
Freda Sciarappa
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Asia Sumlin
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

3rd place
Zachary Arendt
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

9th – 10th fiction
1st place
Alexandra Gulden
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd place
Taylor Beauchamp
Destrehan High School, Destrehan

3rd place
Collin Miller
Lafayette High School, Lafayette

11th – 12th fiction
1st place
Kyle Fontenot
North Shore Hich School, Slidell

2nd place
Claudette Breaux
Hahnville High School, Luling

3rd place
Madeleine LeCesne
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

K-6 junior division French fiction
1st place
Jody Adeyemo
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

2nd place
Kaitlin Lee
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

3rd place
Valerie Angelle Long
Prairie Elementary, Youngsville

honorable mention
Emily Rose Champeaux
North Lewis Elementary, New Iberia

K-6 junior division French poetry
1st place
Athena Constantine
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

2nd place
Evan Roy
Myrtle Place Elementary, Lafayette

K-6 junior division French nonfiction
1st place
Abigail Coates
Myrtle Place Elementary, Duson

7th-12th senior division French poetry
1st place
Lizzette Toto
Lusher Charter High School, New Orleans

7th-12th senior division French nonfiction
1st place
Margot Frost
Prairieville

Contest Open

lawriteslogo

The LA Writes Contest is now open for entries in the 2014 contest. Deadline for entry is May 15, 2014. Students in Louisiana in grades kindergarten through 12th grade may enter one fiction, one nonfiction, and up to 3 poems. See the form for word count limits.

All entries must be sent by mail, postmarked by the due date, and include a signed entry form. To access the entry form, click here.

Students’ writing will be judged by teacher-consultants and then by author judges according to the VOICES rubric.

If you have any questions, email Margaret Simon at lawpwrites@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this blog.

The LA Writes Contest is a nonprofit contest. All awards and prizes are made possible by private donations. All donations are tax-deductible. Donors of $25 and up will receive a free anthology. Donations of $100 will be acknowledged on this website, Facebook, and in the anthology.

Book Festival and Awards Ceremony

A clear crisp day at the Capitol for the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival.

A clear crisp day at the Capitol for the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival.


Saturday was a beautiful day at the Capitol, a crisp 55 degrees with clear blue skies. Students arrived early in the State Museum along with their parents, grandparents, siblings, and teachers. Steadily the auditorium filled.
Isabel reviews her prize packet.

Isabel reviews her prize packet.

Excitement built as Bonny McDonald, Phd. in performance studies, worked with each first place winner. “Breathe deep. Get the feel of the microphone. Look out at your audience.”

Bonny helps Mary Ainsley prepare to read her poem, "Lucky Dime."

Bonny helps Mary Ainsley prepare to read her poem, “Lucky Dime.”

Ann Dobie, nonfiction author judge, had another engagement, so she sent along her regrets with this message:

Congratulations to all the writers who are with us today, and special kudos to our winners. However, taking home a medal is not the end of the process. It is really the beginning because writing is a lifelong activity that helps us solve problems, understand the world around us, and know ourselves better. When we set down how we are feeling, what we are seeing, and what we are thinking, we are making a record of our lives. I hope that the award you are receiving today will be one of many to come.

Julie Kane, 2011-2013 State Poet Laureate and poetry judge, sent these remarks:

So much of what I hear in the news about K-12 education is negative: despair over shortfalls in funding, anxiety over high-stakes testing, and controversies over the best solutions to problems. But when I began reading the packets of poems for this year’s LA Writes competition, I was filled with pride in our young people and hope for the future. From primary school students on up through high schoolers, what skill these young poets displayed in their use of word choice, imagery, simile and metaphor, rhythm, and other advanced features of language! How often they touched the heart, the philosophical mind, or the funnybone with their written words! I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading these poems even more than I would enjoy picking up one of the top professional poetry magazines like Poetry or American Poetry Review. These young poets all had something to say, and they said it beautifully and memorably.

Congratulations not just to the winners, but to everyone who entered. It was difficult to choose among so many fine entries. Perhaps, one day in the future, some of you will return to this book festival to autograph a copy of your first book for me.

Kaylie reads "Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple."

Kaylie reads “Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple.”

After the ceremony, we headed over to the Writing Enrichment Tent to greet more writers throughout the day.

Chacelyn created a bookmark about "Pinkalicious."

Chacelyn created a bookmark about “Pinkalicious.”


Winning author, Kaylie, and her mom, Erica, work with the bookmark making table.

Winning author, Kaylie, and her mom, Erica, work with the bookmark making table.

Thinking about words for his diamante poem with first grader writer, Alec.

Thinking about words for his diamante poem with first grader writer, Alec.


Birthday by Alec

Birthday by Alec

Winners Announced

letters

2013 LA Writes Winners are announced. Student letters have gone out. Teachers have been notified. All student winners will be honored at a ceremony at 9:00 AM on Nov. 2nd at the State Museum kicking off the Louisiana Book Festival. First place winners will read aloud at the ceremony. We will also recognize state winners for the Letters about Literature contest. Make plans to attend this exciting event.

K-2nd Grade Nonfiction
1st Place
Brennan Boyer
Cystic Fibrosis
St. Pius Elementary, Lafayette

2nd Place
Xyian Vinnett
Peanut Butter
New Sarpy Elementary, Destrehan

3rd Place
Ella Schweitzer
My Friend
New Sarpy Elementary, Destrehan

K-2nd grade Poetry
1st Place
Mary-Ainsley Alack
Lucky Dime
St. Pius Elementary School, Lafayette

2nd Place
McKenna Nicklelson
The Dancing Leaf
New Sarpy Elementary School, Destrehan

3rd Place
Carson Quebedeaux
What to Do?
St. Pius Elementary School, Lafayette

3rd-4th grade Nonfiction
1st Place
Raegan Charpentier
Going to the Beach
North Lewis Elementary, New Iberia

3rd-4th grade Poetry
1st Place
Matthew Gary
Mom, I Love You the Orangest
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

2nd Place
Vannisa Souriyavong
Gardenia
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

3rd Place
Emily Keller
Vegetables
Woodvale Elementary, Lafayette

5th-6th grade Nonfiction
1st Place
Dorothy Corrigan
Becoming my Little Brother
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd Place
Reedy Jane Clark
Paradise Island
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd Place
Brooklyn Mire
No Smoking Here
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

5th-6th grade Poetry
1st Place
Kaylie Bonin
10 Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple
Jefferson Island Rd Elem, New Iberia

2nd Place
Finn Phayer
Dark Lake: A Series of Haikus
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd Place
Louise Olivier
The Weaver Tree
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

7th-8th grade Nonfiction
1st Place
Brynne Tynes
A Taste of Turtle Trouble
Paul Breaux Middle School, Lafayette

2nd Place
Matthew Lewis
Blobbing
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

3rd Place
Abigail Johnson
Homerun
Albert Cammon Middle School, St. Rose

7th-8th grade Poetry
1st Place
Annemarie Picolo
Frames of Life
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

2nd Place
Breanne Barrios
Ode to my Boots
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

3rd Place
Elaine Mitchell
Early In the Morning
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

9th-10th grade Nonfiction
1st Place
Taylor Beauchamp
AJ
Destrehan High School, Destrehan

2nd Place
Brittany Schaubhut
A Heart Full of Song
Hahnville High School, Boutte

3rd Place
Lauren Beadle
The Start of a Pitching Life
Hahnville High School, Boutte

9th10th grade Poetry
1st Place
Taylor Beauchamp
Wizard
Destrehan High School, Destrehan

2nd Place
Taylor Beauchamp
Waiting for Someone to Save Us
Destrehan High School, Destrehan

3rd Place
Brittany Schaubhut
The Moon Is my Courier
Hahnville High School, Boutte

Hnorabl Mntn
Wesley Speyer
Flying on a Plane in a Hurricane
Hahnville High School, Boutte

11th-12th grade Nonfiction
1st Place
Kathryn Prendergast
Observant Daughter
Hahnville High School, Boutte

2nd Place
Neva Chattos
A Bad Place
Acadiana High School, Lafayette

3rd Place
Elizabeth Janette
My Name
Acadiana High School, Lafayette

11th-12th Poetry
1st Place
Claudette Breaux
Literature
Hahnville High School, Boutte

2nd Place
Anna Busalacchi
The School of Torture
Hahnville High School, Boutte

3rd Place
Shawna Lombardi
Salt Seeker
Hahnville High School, Boutte

K-3rd grade Fiction
1st Place
Roland Ladreyt
Wolf, Bear, and Rabbit
New Sarpy Elementary, Destrehan

2nd Place
Logan Oubre
Animal Chase
New Sarpy Elementary, Destrehan

3rd Place
Hunter Payne
Brycen and the Magic Fish
Daspit Elementary, New Iberia

K-6th French Fiction
1st Place
Noelle Trotter
La Chance
Luscher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd Place
Ethne Killgore
Le lion qui a mange une pomme
North Lewis Elementary, New Iberia

3rd Place
Madysen Nguyen
Petit ours
North Lewis Elementary, New Iberia

3rd-4th grade Fiction
1st Place
Megan Vogt
My Diary of the Rest of my Life in Paradise
Isadore Newman School, New Orleans

2nd Place
Kylon Segura
A Strange Day in July
Caneview Elementary, New Iberia

3rd Place
Isabel Eldredge
The Great Downhill Adventure
St. Pius Elementary, Lafayette

K-6th French Poetry
1st Place
McKenzie Knight
Ma Coeur Casse
Prairie Elementary, Lafayette

5th-6th grade Fiction
1st Place
Anna Duong
Trouble
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd Place
Miles Tisserand
The Turnaround
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

3rd Place
Julia Hebert
The Magnificent Artist
St. Pius Elementary, Lafayette

K-6th French Nonfiction
1st Place
Olivia Keefe
My Day at the Champs-D’Elysees
Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

2nd Place
Ethan Christopher Martin
Je Suis Malade
Myrtle Place Elementary, Lafayette

3rd Place
Chacelyn Peltier
Un petit bebe dans la maison
North Lewis Elementary, New Iberia

7th-8th grade Fiction
1st Place
Reese McDaniel
Framed
Ascension Episcopal School, Youngsville

2nd Place
Bryce Moulton
Druid in the Glen
NSU Middle Lab School, Natchitoches

3rd Place
Elaine Mitchell
Remember and Forget
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

3rd Place
Maddie Taliancich
Inside
Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

7th-12th French Poetry
1st Place
Margot Frost
Mon Arriere Grand-mere
Baton Rouge International School, Baton Rouge

2nd Place
Madeleine Comeaux
N’importe Quoi, C’est Mon Inspiration
Lafayette High School, Lafayette

9th-10th grade Fiction

1st Place
Alexandra Hebert
The Willow that Was Me
Lafayette High School, Lafayette

2nd Place
Ashlyn Frahm
The Colors of Loyalty
Destrehan High School, Destrehan

3rd Place
Hebah Shaikh
Elementum (Excerpt from The Silver Cuff
Alfred M. Barbe High , Lake Charles

7th-12th French Nonfiction 1st Place
Margot Frost
La Finale
Baton Rouge International School, Baton Rouge

11th-12th Fiction
1st Place
Olivia Marie Spallino
Hold
Homeschool, Youngsville

2nd Place
Rebecca Brown
Summer Girl
Acadiana High School, Lafayette

3rd Place
Seth Champagne
Panterbury
Hahnville High School, Boutte

Poetry: K-2nd grade winners

2012 Kindergarten to Second Grade Winners

Poetry

Colored Flowers

The golden flower glows,

While the roses have the heat of the sun.

The bluebells have the pattern of the sea,

While the trees grow above nature’s green grass floors.


Evan Cherry
First Place
Pontchartrain Elementary, Mandeville, LA
Teacher: Becky Simonson

Mom, I Love You the Bluest

Mom, I love you like the color of the sky,

The shimmer of the ocean,

The color of our cat’s eyes,

My old blue jeans,

I love you with the most strengthened emotion.


Matthew Gary
Second Place
Jefferson Island Road Elementary, New Iberia, LA
Teacher: Margaret Simon

Sweet Mother

I love my sweet mother because
She blesses me with her love.
In silence, she prays for my safety,
My happiness,
And my health.
She wraps her soft, warm hands around me
For hugs and kisses.

I love my dear mother.

Mason Osborn
Third Place
Woodvale Elementary, Lafayette, LA
Teacher: Charla Mercier

Judging on the Bayou

Judging on the bayou.

Judging on the bayou.

Posted by Margaret Simon

On June 2nd and 3rd, ten teachers gathered at my house on the Bayou Teche to read through almost 900 entries.  Finalists were sent to 2013 author judges Ann Dobie, nonfiction, Julie Kane, poetry, and Rose Anne St. Romain, fiction.  Winners will be announced Sept. 1st, 2013.  The Awards Ceremony will take place during the Louisiana Book Festival at the State Museum, 9:00 AM on Nov. 2, 2013.

To make a donation to Louisiana Writes!, go to the UL Foundation.