Friday, March 19, 2010
SMORIES - Get your children's story online and vie for $1,500
Smories.com is an exciting, independent and free website for kids to watch great new stories being read by other kids. Click here to start watching. It is also a place for children's story writers (published and unpublished, professionals & amateurs) to get their work published online, whilst retaining all rights.We are offering a £1,000 (US$1,500) prize for the best story submitted each month. Entries accepted from anywhere in the world. Submission is free.The current competition closes 31 March 2010. Click here for details and to submit your story. Limit 1,000 words. Text only, in English.Must be fiction for children from 3 to 8 years old. Poetry & rhyming stories may also be submitted. You must be the writer or owner of the copyright. A maximum of two stories per writer per month can be submitted.
05 Apr 2010: We will announce a list of the 50 stories we like best. These 50 stories will then be filmed being read aloud by children.
01 May 2010: The completed films will be posted online simultaneously.
31 May 2010: The story receiving the highest number of views over the preceding 30 days will win the prize.
Stories will be published online on youtube.com and on smories.com. Full credit and copyright will be attributed to the writer.
NOTE: A rather cool idea for children's writers. This entity is located in the UK, so you're likely to hear your story read back to you with quite a charming accent. Did not see an entry fee, which is quite nice.
DOUBLE NOTE: Hustling like crazy. Whenever I go out of town, I get behind and it takes a week to catch up. Don't tell me someone can't make a living online. While people think it's cool to meet face to face, I make more advances, more progress, when I'm online. This Smories site makes online exposure work for children's books, while at the same time opens doors to more international stories for kids, parents and teachers.