We are partnering this fall with Stone Soup for their Personal Narrative Contest!

For the contest, Stone Soup is looking for excellent, innovative, moving, playful personal narratives or mini-memoirs. The deadline is December 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) and there is a $4 entry fee and you can read all the details and contest rules at this link. Most excitingly, the first 150 submitters will receive a personalized editorial note from us! These notes will highlight a strength in your piece and offer guidance about how to build on that strength in future writing. Winners will be announced in January 2020.

To help you prepare, we’re hosting a video series called Spill Some Ink with Stone Soup!


One of the best ways to add life and personality to your personal narrative is to include dialogue. In this revision strategy, we’ll explore strategies to make the most of your dialogue.

This video is Chapter Five in our Spill Some Ink with Stone Soup series, designed to help youth writers prepare their entries for the Stone Soup Personal Narrative Contest.

Enter your email address below to stay in the loop with our prep series and get ready for the contest! You’ll also get our Tips and Tricks for Revision cheat sheet, which guides writers through specific strategies to bring their narratives even more vividly to life. If you’re under 13, you’ll need get permission from your caregiver and use their email address. This helps keep you safe online.


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