IEW is excited to announce another fun and exciting writing opportunity for students! If you missed the original announcement, here it is for your convenience:
Starting this month, IEW will publish a new piece to their story (written by students) and then give young writers instructions on what to write to join in the exciting journey each month through December. The plot will continue from month to month until it reaches its exciting conclusion! One submission each month will win a $50 IEW gift certificate and be published! Submit below.
Would you like to help IEW build a story? Marcus and Julia, brother and sister in ancient Rome, are living in crazy times! Their father is away in the emperor’s army, so they are building their own business and helping their uncle find connections in order to sell food to the Roman emperor’s palace. But this is the infamous "Year of the Four Emperors" in Rome, and no one is sure who will be emperor next! As political intrigue spins out of control, what will happen to their uncle’s business? Will their father return? How will their family survive?
Here’s how it will work:
These are the sorts of questions that YOU will answer! Starting in March, IEW will publish a new monthly prompt and writing assignment to let you Join the Journey!
Read the story for the month. Then, read and follow your instructions in the "How to Join the Journey" section.
Each month’s story will build on the previous month’s, allowing you to join an exciting journey!
Nine months of storyline have been developed, but the ending to the story will be up to you, our writers. December’s entry will call for a sequel, an expansion idea from page 32 in Unit 3 in the Teaching Writing: Structure and Style Seminar Workbook. The end of the epic tale is up to you! We will select the official ending to our story from among December’s submissions.
For basic guidelines, please follow the instructions at magnumopusmagazine.com/ writers-guidelines. Submissions should be written with the Structure and Style Writing Method™, just like any other Magnum Opus submission. Content should be family-friendly, and the overall length of each month’s submission will be 3–5 paragraphs.
When finished, writers for Join the Journey should click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page for the correct month. All submissions will be due one month after their prompt is first published in our newsletter.
Each month from now until December, IEW will select one winner from that month’s submissions. The winner will receive a $50 IEW gift certificate, $50 in cash for the student, and publication on our website as part of our ongoing story. A link to the final combined story will be published in our next Magnum Opus Magazine. As a special bonus, the skilled writer who submits the story’s official ending will be featured in an interview in the Magnum Opus!
The Join the Journey writing contest is open to students aged 8–18. Submissions must be the original, previously unpublished work of the student. All submissions become the sole property of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, L.L.C.
We hope your students will enjoy this creative writing opportunity. Congratulations to our student writers who are published in this newsletter:
Thank you to all the students who submitted their work to our Unit 7 newsletter. Keep writing and submit again!
Megan L. Horst