Contest has students writing the ending PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:50
Welcome to the Newspaper in Education Finish the Story series.
The Sentinel-Tribune writing contest kicks off today with an exciting beginning to a story about two young time travelers who meet between post-Civil War Ohio and the present time. Here's your child or student's chance to pick up where the author leaves off to write an original clever ending.
Write a descriptive adventure (and maybe spine-tingling thrills) that makes the most of what Ohio has to offer - the who, what, when, where and why of what our state has contributed to the country and the world, as well as the many things that still make Ohio awesome. Or, if you prefer to participate by illustrating  the story, we welcome that, too.
Here's how to get started:
If you are age 8 to 14, follow the first four chapters of the story which will be published for four weeks in the Sentinel-Tribune on consecutive Wednesdays and then turn loose your imagination!
Pick up where the story leaves off and write an ending - or draw a picture.
Your ending can be as funny or as dramatic as you'd like, or be a combination of both! Just remember: Add as much suspense and originality as you wish.
Mail your story and/or artwork to the Sentinel-Tribune at P.O. Box 88, Bowling Green, OH 43402; or e-mail your story to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Stories and artwork will not be returned. Include your name, address, age and phone number. This is very important. Each entry MUST include this information. This information will not be used for any purpose other than this contest.
All entries must be received at the newspaper by May 15. Send material several days in advance of the deadline to ensure consideration. Entries received after May 15 will not be eligible for publication. Everyone who submits a story and/or illustration will be entered in a random drawing to win a MP3 player.
Writing tips:  To help young writers get started, here are some suggestions for how to plan and write an ending to the story she began:
Think about several different possibilities for what should happen next. Do you want the narrator to feel different? See something different? Suddenly know something out of the ordinary? Do you want Thomas Edison or another Ohioan to hold some superhero power or not? If and when Alyssa or Fanny met their friends, do you want them to notice anything different about them? Do you want Scott to continue to play a role in the story? Will Fanny meet Alyssa's teacher? Or is the teacher somehow connected to time travel already? What other characters do you want to be important in the rest of the story? What do you think it would be like travelling through Ohio's history with Alyssa and Fanny?
Try to truly put yourself in Alyssa's place, and imagine everything that she sees, hears, smells, tastes and feels. Imagine the same for Fanny. Then pick out the important details to share with the reader. Make your readers feel like they are also right there living this with the narrator.
When you finish your story, read it out loud. Then revise any sentences you stumble over. (Always good advice for anything you write!)
Good luck!
Marie Thomas
Education Editor

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