Mill Park Publishing, owned by local author Elaine Ambrose, is sponsoring the “Children’s Flying Potato Writing Challenge” in conjunction with the 5th Annual Idaho Potato Drop. The activity is open to all Idaho children between the ages of 8-12. The theme will be: “The Magic Flying Potato,” and the top five entries will receive a $40 prize and be invited to read their winning essays on stage at the Children’s Tent for the festivities in Boise December 31, 2017.
A total of 25 winners will receive from $10 to $40, certificates of award, and books from Mill Park Publishing.
Stories must be original, unpublished manuscripts from 300 to 500 words. Poetry is acceptable. Submissions can include artwork but are limited to one original piece of artwork. Content must follow acceptable guidelines for family-oriented publications.
Beginning September 1, 2017, stories can be submitted, one entry per person, through an online form by November 1, 2017. There is no entry fee. A panel of judges from the local writing community will select the winning entries.
Ten third-place winners will receive a certificate, $10 from Mill Park Publishing, and will be introduced during a special program at the Family Tent on December 31.
Ten second-place entries will receive a certificate, $20 from Mill Park Publishing, and a copy of the book The Magic Potato. They will be introduced during a special program at the Family Tent on December 31.
Five first-place winners will receive a certificate, $40 from Mill Park Publishing, and a copy of the book Gators & Taters: A Week of Bedtime Stories and a copy of The Magic Potato. The top 5 winners also will read their winning entries on stage at a special ceremony in the Family Tent on December 31.
Mill Park Publishing recently released two updated, award-winning children’s books: Gators & Taters – A Week of Bedtime Stories and The Magic Potato. Local graphic artist Patrick Bochnak created the illustrations for both books.
Children related to officials of the Idaho Potato Drop or Mill Park Publishing aren’t eligible for prizes but are encouraged to write a story.
More information will come from www.elaineambrose.com and Idaho Potato Drop.