PHILADELPHIA CREAM, November 2, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The Story of the Year contest returns for its fifth annual season and invites writers from around the world to use their imaginations to “awaken the love of reading”. Storyshares, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the practice of reading and improving literacy skills, called for applications on November 2, 2021. Submissions are free, unlimited and open internationally until the competition closes on February 1, 2022. Winners will be chosen by a diverse panel of judges spanning the fields of education and publishing, with announcements made on April 5, 2022.
The competition offers $ 5,000 in prize for engaging short stories for teens and adults that are “easy to read and hard to let go”. It has a $ 2,000 grand prize for the most compelling story with authentically diverse characters and experiences, as well as a $ 1,000 awards for each of the following categories: Best Creative Non-Fiction, Best Coming-of-Age Tale, and Best Story Set in the Context of an American State.
Those familiar with the Story of the Year contest know that it’s more than just a writing contest; it is a mission. In addition to one finalist per category, all writers who create engaging stories within the unique settings of the Storyshares guidelines will have their work published in the Storyshares Library in front of a large, established, and ever-growing audience of teens and young adults across the country. middle school, high school, and above who have trouble reading. Storyshares provides the tools and resources to help writers create books that combine culturally relevant and interesting content with accessible language and formatting. This powerful book style has turned many hesitant readers into avid readers.
“Our writers and the stories they submit have a huge impact. Tens of millions of teens and young adults lack the reading and writing skills necessary to read books written for their age and interests.” , declares Louise Baigelman, co-founder and executive director of Storyshares. “That’s why we’ve created stories that meet them at their individual intersections of interests and abilities. Stories they can read and they want to read. Each book reaches thousands and thousands of students, improving their reading and writing skills while preparing them for greater academic and professional success. “
The National Center for Education Statistics shows that more than 750 million adolescents and adults around the world lack the essential literacy skills needed to stay informed, learn, and even participate fully in society. Reading is a fundamental life skill, and the lack of this ability negatively impacts all aspects of life, from academic performance to career building to everyday communication. That’s what Storyshares is here to change.
Our annual writing competition aims to provide writers with the tools, advice and incentives to join in the expansion of our unique library of stories. The highest quality submissions we receive are published in digital and print form, and distributed through our e-reader website, the Amazon bookstore, and our many great educational partners. We are incredibly proud of the 300+ stories published to date (out of thousands of submissions) and look forward to continuing to build diverse shelves for today’s readers.
Together with our writers, we are reinventing the books in the World Library to instill a love of reading in the millions of readers who have been forgotten.
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Storyshares strives to empower and inspire struggling readers of all kinds, including English learners, students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, and students from low-income communities who have struggled. delay in reading. The organization has been recognized by the Library of Congress, Forbes, the International Literacy Association, and Teach for America for its innovative approach and impact on the ground. Their work is a testament to the belief that “everyone is a reader, some just haven’t found the right book yet”.
More information on the Story of the Year Writing Contest, including contest guidelines, categories, submission instructions and official contest rules are available at http://www.storyshares.org/contest
Louise Baigelman, Storyshares, +1 (610) 716-4616, [email protected]