Five Star Publications recently introduced us to a website called Kids Can Publish University. This site was basically started to get kids even more interested in writing and illustrating, and simply, in creating; they would have the opportunity to see their writing or drawings come to life, in published form, via monthly contests. First through ninth graders are welcome to submit their manuscripts for the contests.
This website is not only a great tool for kids, but it's a wonderful resource to teachers, as well. With workshops, helpful hints, info on grant writing, etc., it's a very handy website. Kids Can Publish is also an avenue by which a teacher can have authors of children's books come to speak to her class. Also available is a section that helps give the teacher ideas for writing assignments/projects for her students.
The best thing about the contests is that they are free. So, this is a writing project that could be a monthly project for your child or your student. They don't have to just write stories, though; they can write poems, nonfiction pieces, editorials, or articles; budding artists can submit cartoon drawings, illustrations, photography, drawings, etc.
You can learn more by just browsing around Kids Can Publish University.
Melissa J's Thoughts
Five Star Publications. The only action required, is for kids to submit their piece, via the submission page (parents, don't worry. You must sign the permission slip for them to do this!) Pieces are then chosen on a monthly basis for publishing in a contest style choosing. Anything from creative writing to pictures can be submitted.