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MLC Writing

Contest
The Metropolitan Literacy Council (formerly Metropolitan Reading Council)
is now taking submissions for our 2018-2019 MLC Writing Contest.
TOPIC: Unusual Friendships

GRADES K-2 Prompt: GRADES 3-6 Prompt: GRADES 7-12 Prompt:

Can a dog and a cat be Can a giraffe and an ostrich Circumstances sometimes
friends? Write a story about be friends? How about a make for unlikely friendships.
a dog and a cat who become chicken and some Write a narrative about an
friends. puppies? A rabbit and a unlikely friendship between
deer? A chimp and a tiger people or different types of
cub? Animals sometimes animals.
forge unusual friendships.
Imagine two unlikely animals
and write a story about their
friendship or adventures
together.

All students, grades K-12, in any public, private, or parochial school in the following counties are eligible:
Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington
Listed below are some links about real-world animal friendship:
 http://mentalfloss.com/article/59967/13-unlikely-adorable-animal-friendships
 https://www.boredpanda.com/unusual-animal-friendships-
interspecies/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic
 http://www.earthporm.com/23-unusual-animal-friendships-absolutely-adorable/
 http://www.earthporm.com/23-unusual-animal-friendships-absolutely-adorable/

CONTEST RULES
Only single author manuscripts will be judged. Your story may have no more than 2,500 words.
1. Send a legible copy of each entering student’s manuscript. (Keep originals; entries will not be
returned). Attach ONE completed entry form to each manuscript. (Entries without an entry form will
not be judged). The entry form is located on the back of this announcement. (Please duplicate as
many forms as needed).
2. Teachers are asked to submit only their “best” manuscripts for judging (maximum 5 per class).
However, teachers may send a self-addressed, stamped, 9x12 envelope with a request for blank
participation certificates to give to all students whose manuscripts were not submitted for judging.
3. Deadline: December 21, 2018. Winners will be recognized at a community gathering on March 2,
2019.
MLC WRITING CONTEST
ENTRY FORM 2018-2019
GRADE LEVEL: _____________________________________________________
(If multi-age classroom, choose ONE grade level)

STUDENT (First & Last Name): ________________________________________ PLEASE SEND


PARENT(s)/GUARDIAN: ______________________________________________ ENTRIES TO:
FAMILY ADDRESS/ZIP: _______________________________________________ Wilma Kuhlman

SCHOOL NAME: ____________________________________________________ 11767 Anderson Grove


PRINCIPAL NAME: __________________________________________________ Bellevue, NE 68123
TEACHER NAME: ___________________________________________________
SCHOOL ADDRESS/ZIP: ______________________________________________
SCHOOL PHONE NUMBER: ___________________________________________