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28 February 2013:    Congratulations to our 2012 contest winners!

We will add links to the winning stories over the next several days so that you can read them online.

Here are the official results:


WINNERS

"The Traveling Motel" By: Hanna, 16 years old, Sammamish, WA.

"The Day I Changed the World"   By: Emily, 13 years old, Marvin, NC.

"There's a Cowboy in My Bedroom"   By: Isabelle, 12 years old, IL.

"Super Power Adventure"   By: Michael Loughlin, 9 years old, Downingtown, PA.

Gothic Fiction and Mystery Winner
"Missing Identity"   By: Kristen Ailsworth, 15 years old, Bloomfield Hills, MI.


HONORABLE MENTION

"Ice"   By: Dayton, 12 years old, CA.

"As the Nut Rises"   By: Jihyeon (Janel) Lee, CA.

"The Magic Library"   By: Katie Hamgen, 13 years old, CO.

"The New Captain Fantabulous"   By: Morgan Peterson, 13 years old, MD.

"Persevering Success"   By: Geneva, Chesterfield, MO.

"The Mystery Box"   By: Kelly Maeda, 11 years old, Wild Wood, MO.

"A Remarkable Sleigh Ride"   By: Isaiah, Chesterfield, MO.

"The Weatherman"   By: Nate Curtis, 11 years old, NE.

"The Great Escape"   By: Kristen Loughlin, 13 years old, Downingtown, PA.

"San Jose Murder"   By: Alan Chen, 11 years old, Menomonee Falls, WI.



27 February 2013:    We're almost there. Judges must eliminate just one more entry to get our number of FINALISTS to 15. The clock is ticking!

26 February 2013:    This year's semi-finalists are great, and our judges are agonizing over their selections for the 2012 FINALISTS. So good are the entries, that small mistakes, like one run-on sentence or failing to start a new paragraph for a new speaker have spelled elimination this year.

Our judges must select no more than 15 entries as our FINALISTS.  Here's a look at how many seni-finalists remain in each category as of 13:55 Alaska time on 26 Feb:

9-and-under: 3 Semi-finalists
10-12 years old: 11 Semi-finalists
13-15 years old: 14 Semi-finalists
16-18 years old: 2 Semi-finalists
18-and-under Mystery/Gothic Fiction: 4 Semi-finalists


The list of FINALISTS will be ready no later than midnight Alaska Time on 28 Feb.

23 February 2013:    Our judges have selected 55 semi-finalists.  Now, they must cut that number no more than 15 finalists.  It's back to the reading room for them!

These semi-finalists will compete for one of 5 grand prizes of $50 plus publication on the Adventure Write Kids Website.

In addition, no more than 10 entrants will win the title of Honorable Mention and receive a certificate in the mail along with bragging rights and publication on the Adventure Write Kids Website.

We anticipate announcing the finalists in the next few days and have reminded our judges that winners must be announced no later than 28 Feb.

Nearly 800 young writers from 44 states submitted a story for the 2012 contest.

Have a question about the contest?  send us an email: admin@adventurewrite.com

We would not be able to hold this annual contest without our sponsors, and we've dedicated a page to show our appreciation for their generosity: Totem Sponsors.

Want to help?  This annual contest is a non-profit project that costs approximately $450 plus prize money.  With volunteers manning the email, logging entries and maintaining the website, we've really kept the cost down.  You can help us continue to offer more and bigger prizes. Find out how.

Check out our Educator's page for a list of participating schools.  We update this page as we log entries: Educators Using Totem Head's Contest.

If you're an educator who sent entries for your class, and you'd like to see your school on our educator's page, let us know: admin@adventurewrite.com

We added a 6th prize for our 2013 contest!  Details for the 2013 contest are now available on our contest page.

These are our 2012 Semi-Finalists:

9-and-under: 7 Semi-finalists
10-12 years old: 21 Semi-finalists
13-15 years old: 20 Semi-finalists
16-18 years old: 2 Semi-finalists
18-and-under Mystery/Gothic Fiction: 5 Semi-finalists


SEMI FINALISTS

"Ice" By:  Dayton in CA
"My New Best Friend" By:  Ellysa in CA
"Family in the Forbidden Woods" By:  Ashley in CA
"Haunted House" By:  Caitlin in CA
"Little Mozzarella Hood" By:  Sarah in CA
"Staying Awake for Nightmares" By:  Zoe in CA
"The Dream" By:  Judith in CA
"The Loss of the Declaration of Independence" By:  Jeannette in CA
"Who's Your Teacher" By:  Georgiana in CA
"The Next Robin Hood" By:  Liana in CA
"As the Nut Rises" By:  Jihyeon in CA
"The Nutcracker's Spell" By:  Aubrey in CA
"The Magic Library" By:  Katie in CO
"Paws" By:  Tong in IA
"In the Shadow" By:  Naomi in ID
"Nightmares" By:  Kat IL
"There's a Cowboy in my Bedroom" By:  Isabelle IL
"Undercover in the Sewers" By:  Isabelle in IL
"Getting Out of My Strip" By:  Joy in MA
"The New Captain Fantabulous" By:  Morgan in MD
"Operation: Cake Escape" By:  Lucy in MD
"A Day at the Office" By:  Rebecca in MI
"Missing Identity" By:  Kristen in MI
"The Mysterious Mystery Contest" By:  William in MI
"The Mystery Box" By:  Kelly in MO
"Persevering Success" By:  Geneva in MO
"The Escape" By:  Geneva in MO
"A Remarkable Sleigh Ride" By:  Isaiah in MO
"Time to Eat" By:  Anna in MO
"Reflections" By:  Josiah in MO
"A Summer Dream" By:  Sarah in MO
"The Day I Changed the World" By:  Emily in NC
"The Girl and the Ghost" By:  Dianne in NE
"The Weatherman" By:  Nate in NE
"The Indecent Person" By:  Whittney in NJ
"The Search for the Yeti" By:  Eddie in NJ
"The Apple of the Eye" By:  Angela in NJ
"Forty-two" By:  Anna in NJ
"Jumper" By:  Cade in NV
"Alien Mist" By:  Carly in OH
"Leap Year" By:  Sarah in OH
"The Journey of Light" By:  Damian in OR
"Discover the Secret" By:  Natasha in PA
"The Voyage" By:  Matthew in PA
"Super Power Adventure" By:  Michael in PA
"The Great Escape" By:  Kristen in PA
"Stranded in My Own Thoughts" By:  Robert in TX
"Alone" By:  Kali in VA
"All Alone" By:  Nicolas in VA
"Cave of Secrets" By:  Josie in VA
"The Mirror" By:  Elsa in VA
"The Switcher" By:  Nadia Eugene in VA
"All Hallow's Eve" By:  Emily in VA
"The Traveling Motel" By:  Hanna in WA
"San Jose Murder" By:  Alan in WI



6 February 2013:    First round eliminations are complete!

These entries will move forward to compete in round 2, during which our judges will select no more than 60 semi-finalists. After that, judges will select no more than 15 finalists. Those stories will compete for a cash prize.

Our judges will award a $50 grand prize to 5 young authors (one in each category).

In addition to our winners, no more than 10 entrants will win the title of Honorable Mention and receive a certificate in the mail along with bragging rights and publication on the Adventure Write Kids Website.

From close to 800 entries in the 2012 contest, these are the Round One survivors, alphabetical by state abbreviation.

Round One

"The Storm" By:  Vivek in AL
"The Special Girl in My Heart" By:  Hannah in AZ
"Fly, Fly Away" By:  Matthew in AZ
"George and the Grades" By:  Megan in CA
"Ice" By:  Dayton in CA
"An Unforgettable Day" By:  Cate in CA
"My New Best Friend" By:  Ellysa in CA
"Ember" By:  Kira in CA
"Family in the Forbidden Woods" By:  Ashley in CA
"Haunted House" By:  Caitlin in CA
"Hydrophobia" By:  Sophie in CA
"I Have Tried so Hard to do Right" By:  Rebecca in CA
"Little Mozzarella Hood" By:  Sarah in CA
"Magic Microwaves and Green Slime" By:  Mary Kate in CA
"Run Away" By:  Joshua in CA
"Runner's Racetrack" By:  Vivian in CA
"Skiing" By:  Sasha in CA
"Staying Awake for Nightmares" By:  Zoe in CA
"The Ancient Hamster" By:  Evelyn in CA
"The Book of Light and Wonder" By:  Annabel in CA
"The Dream" By:  Judith in CA
"Ember" By:  Kira in CA
"The Land of Imagination" By:  Priyash in CA
"The Loss of the Declaration of Independence" By:  Jeannette in CA
"The Mystery of the Hidden Cave of Jewels" By:  Geraldine in CA
"The Necklace" By:  Jessica in CA
"The Potion of Immortality" By:  Priyash in CA
"Treasure Map" By:  Maddie in CA
"Who's Your Teacher" By:  Georgiana in CA
"The Next Robin Hood" By:  Liana in CA
"The Sprite and the Treasure" By:  Cindy in CA
"When Pigs Fly" By:  Bhavna in CA
"Scorching Gem" By:  Anna in CA
"Take Me Home" By:  Delara in CA
"Sythia" By:  Anne in CA
"The Secret Elevator" By:  Vivian in CA
"The Protector" By:  Gabriel in CA
"Renegade City" By:  Dahlia in CA
"My Very Batty Adventure" By:  Erika in CA
"Someday" By:  Akshana in CA
"The Tale of Angus and My Trusted Companion" By:  Misael in CA
"The Minute Mice" By:  Sara in CA
"Greed" By:  Genevieve in CA
"As the Nut Rises" By:  Jihyeon in CA
"Run Away Skin" By:  Abigail in CA
"The Sad Chick" By:  Abigail in CA
"The Washington Case" By:  Jamie in CA
"The Chosen One" By:  Ashtyn in CA
"The Nutcracker's Spell" By:  Aubrey in CA
"So There I was in a Cave" By:  Aleceya in CO
"The Magic Library" By:  Katie in CO
"The Freedom of Death" By:  Paige in CT
"My Maude-ly Adventure" By:  Megan in FL
"United We Triumph" By:  Mary Elizabeth in GA
"The Living Snapshot Gallery" By:  Cindy in GA
"The Missing Friend" By:  Toni in GA
"Trina's Toy Town" By:  Helen in GA
"The Artifact of the Universe's Fate" By:  Hubert in GA
"My Summer Vacation" By:  Jacob in IA
"Paws" By:  Tong in IA
"In the Shadow" By:  Naomi ID
"A Kersplatel in the Night" By:  Kyle IL
"Like a Bird" By:  Jessica IL
"Lost in Space" By:  Taha IL
"Plug" By:  Helen IL
"Nightmares" By:  Kat IL
"Christmas Mission" By:  Isabelle IL
"There's a Cowboy in my Bedroom" By:  Isabelle IL
"Undercover in the Sewers" By:  Isabelle in IL
"Mystery Climb" By:  Carly in IN
"The Curse of the Mole" By:  Daniel in IN
"My Dream" By:  Kelvin in MA
"The Marvelous Adventure of Pinkie the Pink Flamingo" By:  Nicole in MA
"The Adventure of Skunk Dude and Me" By:  Alexander in MA
"Getting Out of My Strip" By:  Joy in MA
"The Spring of Immortality" By:  Royce in MD
"The New Captain Fantabulous" By:  Morgan in MD
"Operation: Cake Escape" By:  Lucy in MD
"A Day at the Office" By:  Rebecca in MI
"Dream Dog" By:  Megan in MI
"Fear" By:  Camryn in MI
"Missing Identity" By:  Kristen in MI
"The Healing Stone" By:  Anna in MI
"The Mysterious Mystery Contest" By:  William in MI
"The Not So Boring Camping" By:  Anna in MI
"The Quest" By:  Anton in MN
"The Animals in the Forest" By:  Jackson in MO
"A Deafening Crash" By:  Geneva in MO
"The Mystery Box" By:  Kelly in MO
"Persevering Success" By:  Geneva in MO
"The Escape" By:  Geneva in MO
"A Remarkable Sleigh Ride" By:  Isaiah in MO
"Time to Eat" By:  Anna in MO
"Reflections" By:  Josiah in MO
"A Summer Dream" By:  Sarah in MO
"Sugar and Second Chances" By:  Lauren in MO
"A Field Trip Adventure" By:  Victoria in MS
"Monkey!" By:  Angela in MS
"The Friendship Journey" By:  Sanayla in NC
"The Mystery of the gold Coin" By:  Brynn in NC
"The Survivor" By:  Robert in NC
"Time Serpent" By:  Nelson in NC
"The Day I Changed the World" By:  Emily in NC
"The Journey" By:  Morgan in NC
"Ghost Invasion" By:  Nicholas in ND
"Stuck on the Island" By:  Natalie in NE
"The Girl and the Ghost" By:  Dianne in NE
"The Photon Finish" By:  Joshua in NE
"The Weatherman" By:  Nate in NE
"Lightening Strikes" By:  Cloey in NE
"The Agony of a Teenage Writer" By:  Abigail in NE
"Lupeni" By:  Kaitlyn in NE
"A Train to Nowhere" By:  Olivia in NJ
"The Irony of Patience" By:  Jessica in NJ
"The Life of Dixon" By:  Phoenix in NJ
"An Unexpected Journey" By:  Kevin in NJ
"Speculative Essay" By:  Ji Won in NJ
"Sweet Revenge" By:  Edward in NJ
"The Apple of The Eye" By:  Angela in NJ
"The Exploding Ship" By:  Trevor in NJ
"It's OK to Keep Going" By:  Jacqueline in NJ
"The Betrayal of POB" By:  Oliver in NJ
"The Indecent Person" By:  Whittney in NJ
"The Search for the Yeti" By:  Eddie in NJ
"House of Horrors" By:  Sophia in NJ
"Birthday Surprise" By:  Connie in NJ
"Chinatown Fiasco" By:  Sharon in NJ
"Forty-two" By:  Anna in NJ
"Do I Like Mysteries?" By:  Kyle in NM
"Who is He?" By:  Kasey in NM
"Jumper" By:  Cade in NV
"Survival" By:  Gabrielle in NV
"Magic Mirror" By:  Anika in NY
"The Caves" By:  Olivia in NY
"The Portrait" By:  Eric in NY
"Those Naughty Bunnies" By:  Eliya in NY
"Once Upon a Christmas Time" By:  Chloe in OH
"The Frogs and the Contest" By:  Miranda in OH
"Alien Mist" By:  Carly in OH
"The Adventure to Find the Magic Crystal" By:  Gianna in OH
"Can I get an A?" By:  Peter in OH
"The Elephant Chase" By:  Emma in OH
"The Wolf and US" By:  Jamie in OH
"Leap Year" By:  Sarah in OH
"Ike Versus the Fire Ant People" By:  Ian in OH
"All About a Sundae" By:  Rachael in OK
"Owula Island""  By:  Julie in OR
"The Journey of Light" By:  Damian in OR
"A Lesson to be Learned" By:  Austin in PA
"Discover the Secret" By:  Natasha in PA
"Inching Along" By:  Abigail in PA
"The Voyage" By:  Matthew in PA
"Super Power Adventure" By:  Michael in PA
"The Great Escape" By:  Kristen in PA
"Hollow Hearts" By:  Michele in PA
"Death Boy" By:  Ben in PA
"XMOLD: A Teenage Cyborg's Life" By:  Ben in PA
"Super Kid" By:  Alexandra in PA
"Amphitheatro Moderni Mortem" By:  Rachel in PA
"Metamorphism" By:  Eric in SD
"Frozen in Time" By:  Lizzie in SD
"Stranded in My Own Thoughts" By:  Robert in TX
"Super Moon" By:  Swaha in TX
"The Dare" By:  Austin in TX
"The Problematic Guest" By:  Lucia in TX
"The Kingdom of Mayka" By:  Riya in TX
"Banana Nut Bread" By:  Kiyon in UT
"So there I Was Getting Blackmailed" By:  Mitchell in UT
"Alone" By:  Kali in VA
"One Last Smile" By:  Kristie in VA
"Cross Atlantic Hug" By:  Maria in VA
"A Journey Across Space" By:  Alex in VA
"Adventure" By:  Bridget in VA
"All Alone" By:  Nicolas in VA
"Cave of Secrets" By:  Josie in VA
"Segue to a Flashback" By:  Jasmine in VA
"The Big Catch" By:  Joe in VA
"The Ice Queen" By:  Emily in VA
"The Mirror" By:  Elsa in VA
"The Paper Airplanes" By:  Timothy in VA
"The Switcher" By:  Nadia Eugene in VA
Untitled By:  Mary Kate in VA
"Mansion" By:  Cameron in VA
"The Mystery of the Deep Sea" By:  Reid in VA
"The Swirling Storm" By:  Rachel in VA
"All Alone" By:  Sydney in VA
"The Haunted House" By:  Ryan in VA
"Sombrero Peak" By:  RJ in VA
"The Hotel" By:  Sara in VA
"A Real Life Adventure" By:  Katherine in VA
"All Hallow's Eve" By:  Emily in VA
"Goldilocks" By:  Sage in VA
"The Resurrection" By:  Loryana in VA
"The Traveling Motel" By:  Hanna in WA
"Kid Power" By:  Fiona in WA
"The Brave Little Sock" By:  Riley in WA
"My Whale and Me" By:  Kayla in WA
"Faded Lives of the Lost" By:  Promise in WI
"San Jose Murder" By:  Alan in WI



30 Jan 2013:    Today, we added North Dakota and Tennesee to our map of participating states. As we log in our entries, our judges are making first round eliminations. We've finished logging the USPS entries and are currently logging the emailed entries in the order in which we received them. We're up to 25 December. Remember, we do not send email confirmations for the entries we received via the USPS. If you would like us to confirm that we received your USPS entry, shoot us an email admin@adventurewrite.com. We will post a list of first round finalists soon!



29 Jan 2013:    Today, we added Nevada to our map of participating states.



24 Jan 2013:    Today, we added Wyoming to our map of participating states.



7 Jan 2013:    The entries are in, and we're hard at work preparing our website for the results.  In mid-January, our judges will select the first round finalists.

As we log in this year's entries, we are updating "Totem's Map" above to show just how many states are participating in this year's contest.  Come back for an update every few days!

As we prepare our website for the 2012 results, we're finishing up the details for the 2013 contest.  Most guidelines will remain the same.  One big change may be in the opening line.  We'll keep you posted...

1 Jan 2013:    It's official!  Entry into the 2012 contest is closed, and as we wait for the last of the USPS entries to arrive, we're hard at work logging in the entries.























































































































































































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