Two North State Writing Contests!


The Butte Literacy Council Short Story Contest 2016

Butte County kids, teens and adults, it’s time to pick up your pen and paper – or laptop – and get your creative juices flowing! The Butte Literacy Council is accepting entries for their annual Short Story Contest.

You don’t need to possess immortal superpowers, win the lottery (although, wouldn’t that be awesome?) or get attacked by zombies – just make readers believe you have.  Anything is possible when plotting a fictional short story.

Entries must be postmarked by Monday, March 14, 2016, and entrants must be Butte County residents. The contest winners (first place and honorable mention) will be given the opportunity to read their stories aloud at an Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Chico Public Library. First Place winners in the K–7th grade categories (grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7) receive $25 gift certificates; First Place winners in the 8th grade–adult categories (grades 8-9, 10-12 & adults) receive $75 checks.

The Butte Literacy Council (BLC) was established in 1989 to support local efforts promoting literacy and the enjoyment of reading in Butte County and the surrounding areas. The all-volunteer, non-profit organization is made up of retired educators, librarians and members of the business and service communities. Other BLC projects include: Books for Babies, For The Love of Reading, and a Juvenile Hall book donation program. 

Find contest guidelines online at and get writing!

The 2016 Teen Music Essay Contest

Are you a teen musician aged of 13–17 and living in the upper North State region? The Music Connection & North State Parent invite you to share your insight on the musical theme “How Does Practice Make Perfect?”

Teens between the ages 13–17 who live in Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou or Tehama county may submit a 300-word essay on the theme by March 15, 2016. One lucky winner will have his or her entry published in the June 2016 issue of North State Parent, and will win a $400 gift certificate to redeem at The Music Connection in Chico or Redding. Runner-ups will receive something special too. Find essay prompts and the contest entry form online at or call (530) 926-1287 for more information.

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