Submit your writing

Getting started...

submissions-photoThe "Alphabet Rancher" project is inspired by one 5th grader's story that got rave reviews from teachers and authors. This same writer coined the term "Alphabet Rancher" to describe writers and poets. We thought all young writers should have the opportunity to publish their writing and receive positive feedback from others (teachers, authors, parents, and even other young Alphabet Ranchers). All submissions will be published and each author will be notified when their writing has been published so they can share it with their family and friends. We'd be excited to include you in this project, so please have fun writing and send us as many of your stories, poems, and creative non-fiction as you'd like.

What we'll need

Your story, poem or essay typewritten and emailed to us. Ask an adult or older sibling for help with typing if you need it. Please don't forget to include a title for your story/poem/creative essay. A photo or drawing of yourself. We will need this for an "About the author" section to be published alongside your writing. A paragraph or two about you. Again, we will need this for an "About the author" section to go along with your writing. Please do not include your last name, the city you live in, or the name of your school in your biography, but please include your first name, your grade level, and the state you live in. Submissions can be sent to alphabetrancher@gmail.com.

Internet privacy & safety

Parents: We take internet safety very seriously and your child's last name, city, and school name will never be published or shared with anyone. However, in order to gain more insight into our volunteer-run project, we would like to know your child's city and school. This will aid us in spreading the word about the project in order to get more kids writing because it allows us to contact your school's office to see if they would like for its classroom teachers and students to participate in the project.

A few creative writing tips...

Inspiration

Inspiration for creative writing can be found everywhere--in nature, in your relationships with your friends and family, and even from objects that are around you every day. Simply take a look around and find what inspires you!

Don't second guess yourself

When it comes to creativity, no idea is a bad idea! If an idea comes to you that inspires you to write, go with it. Don't spend too much time asking yourself if others would like it. If you write to please yourself, your writing will shine and others are certain to enjoy it and be entertained by it.

Write with enthusiasm

Once you have found inspiration and have an idea of what you would like to write, the most important rule is to have fun writing. The more fun you have writing, the better your writing will be.

Writing Process

PRE-WRITING

This is the planning phase of the writing process when writers brainstorm, research, gather and outline ideas.

DRAFTING

Writers create their initial composition by writing down all their ideas in an organized way to convey a particular idea .

REVISING

Writers review, modify, and reorganize their work by rearranging, adding, or deleting .The goal of this phase of the writing process is to improve the draft.

EDITING

Writers proofread and correct errors in grammar and spelling, and edit to improve style and clarity. Having another writer’s feedback in this stage is helpful.

PUBLISHING

In the last step of the writing process, the final writing is shared with others.  Don't forget to send us your writing to be published on this website!
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