Highlights Contest


Today is the last day to enter a short story in Highlights annual fiction contest. I sent my entry in four days ago. I’ve entered every year for many years now because it’s such a great opportunity.

For one thing, it’s free. For another, every year they give a different writing prompt which introduces writers to new ways of thinking about writing. The year they asked for a mystery, I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it because I’m not much of one for mysteries….But they ended up buying that piece of mine, “Who Stole Gorgonzola?”.

The prizes are also great. Three prizes of either $1,000 or tuition for one of their wonderful workshops. I’ve never won, but I have sold two of my short stories to Highlights through the contest. The latest one was bought last month from the 2011 contest.

Thank you, people of Highlights, for continuing to encourage, motivate and teach children’s writers.


About Judith L. Roth

When I was about ten, it occurred to me that books are written by people and I was a person. I could create my favorite things–I could write books! I got a B.A. in English. My first poem was accepted for publication before I graduated. I had some success with poetry, but my real dream was to write fiction for children. My first fiction piece was accepted about 25 years after the first submission. Things you might want to know about me: I know how to persevere. I’m a third-generation California native, living in Indiana. I have two remarkable sons who are now young men,and a husband who’s supported my writing for over three decades. I love cats and currently have three of them. I love being near water–oceans, lakes, rivers all work for me. Chocolate is probably my biggest downfall. I’m exceptionally curious. (Or nosy, as my family calls it.)

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