Looking for America's Best: Weekly Reader Student Publishing Contest Expands for 2010

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Weekly Reader's annual nationwide contest for student publications and non-fiction student writing opens October 1. To help keep curriculum lively while keeping costs down, Weekly Reader has decided to drop all entry fees this year, making the contest accessible to as many students and schools as possible.

Teachers are used to working with tight budgets, but this year schools are facing the biggest financial challenges they've seen in decades. To help keep curriculum lively while keeping costs down, Weekly Reader has decided to drop all entry fees for its annual Student Publishing Contest. The contest, which opens today, honors the best nonfiction publications and individual writing by students in grades 3 - 12.

"The goal is to inspire student writers from across the country to share their best work," said Ira Wolfman, Vice President of Editorial at Weekly Reader. "We felt that entry fees had become an obstacle to finding the absolute best, so we've decided to make our contest accessible to as many students and schools as possible."

Winners get cash prizes, national recognition, publication in a Weekly Reader magazine or on the Web, and a chance to meet ABC's George Stephanopoulos at the Awards Luncheon in June. Accommodations will be provided courtesy of the Capital Hilton.

Students and teachers may submit entries in two categories.

  • Whole Publication is open to student-produced newspapers, magazines, or literary magazines that feature nonfiction writing.
  • Individual Writing is open to any piece of nonfiction student writing between 500 and 2,500 words. This could include memoirs, essays, or individual news articles. Individual entries need not have been previously published.

The Student Publishing Contest is sponsored by Weekly Reader and organized by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).

To find out more about the Weekly Reader Student Publishing Contest and to download an entry form, go to http://www.AEPweb.org/student.

About Weekly Reader Publishing:
One of the great innovative forces in American educational publishing, Weekly Reader has been creating cutting-edge, curriculum-rich supplemental materials for more than 100 years. Our unique digital products and 12 award-winning classroom magazines give teachers tools that help them achieve their goals while inspiring students and igniting their love of learning. Every year, Weekly Reader materials reach more than 250,000 teachers and 8 million students from Pre-K to grade 12. The Weekly Reader Publishing Group (WRPG) also includes Weekly Reader Custom Publishing, Weekly Reader Curriculum Publishing, and database products Facts for Learning (http://www.factsforlearning.com) and Weekly Reader Express, distributed by netTrekker, Inc. WRPG is part of the Reader's Digest Association, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.weeklyreader.com.

About AEP:
The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) is a nonprofit organization that serves and advances the industry of supplemental educational publishing. The membership of AEP represents the breadth of educational content developers delivering progressive educational products in all media and for any educational setting.

AEP's thought leadership and market insight have created ground-breaking opportunities for its members to collaborate, network, and partner with each other as well as to acquire a voice in the development of government education policy. Founded in 1895, AEP now assists its members in navigating the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st Century. For more information, please visit http://www.AEPweb.org.

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