Registration Deadline: was May 31st, 2018
Manuscript Submission Deadline: was August 20th, 2018 (midnight)
Winner’s Announcement: was Thursday, November 1st, 2018 by 6:00PM on the Winners page of this website
Award Ceremony & Book Signing: was Saturday, December 1st at 5PM at the Miami Conservatory of Music Hall

FREE MASTER CLASS conducted by Yolande Clark-Jackson for all the 2018 winners, finalists and achievers

The power in writing engaging nonfiction and autobiographical stories.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Elementary: 3:00 – 4:00PM
Middle and High School: 4:30 – 6:30PM

* The level is the one you are in this year.

FREE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS conducted by Laurie B. Friedman for all the 2018 winners, finalists and achievers

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Elementary: 4:00 – 5:00PM
Middle School: 5:00 – 6:00PM
High School: 6:00 – 7:00PM

* The level is the one you are in this year.

Location:                                                                                                                                                Miami Conservatory of Music
2911 grand avenue, suite 400A (ground floor, next to the fountain on the Mayfair Promenade)
miami (coconut grove), fl  33133  Directions and Parking


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Yolande Clark-Jackson is the author of the children’s picture book, Rocko’s Big Launch which won 1st Place in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. She is also an experienced educator who has been teaching middle-grade students for the past eighteen years. In the summer of 2012, she founded a journalism and entrepreneurship program at Conchita Espinosa Academy where students learn all aspects of producing, printing, and distributing a full-color magazine. For the past fifteen years, she has acted as a primary advisor and editor. In 2017, the 50th issue of Conchita Magazine was published and distributed throughout the school and surrounding community. Some of her former students have gone on to work as editors, journalists and photographers for major news networks and publications. Yolande holds a MFA in Creative Writing and has been invited to lead several workshops for children and adults. When not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and making memories with her family and friends.


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Laurie Friedman is an author of many award-winning picture books, chapter book, and novels for children and Tweens. Laurie writes the popular Mallory McDonald chapter book series for 7-10 year olds. Published by Lerner Publishing Group, the series currently includes 20 titles. Laurie has a new journal format series for older readers entitled, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair. Laurie has also written many rhyming picture books.

Laurie Friedman says that growing up she always liked reading realistic fiction and still does. “It makes me feel better when I read about a character going through something similar to what I’m going through, and seeing how that character handles the situation.” As an author, nothing makes her happier than when she receives letters from fans telling her that they can really identify with her characters. Growing up, she always kept a journal and often writes about the things that happened to her when she was younger. She also likes to write about things that happened to her own children when they were the ages of her characters.

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