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Open to any student using the Cover Story curriculum

Throughout the school year, we host giveaways and contests for our Cover Story students on themes related to the content of the curriculum. These events conclude with a fun-filled live webinar with “Mr. and Mrs. S.” that students and parents can attend online.

  • Contests are annual, but details are subject to change.
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Curious Questions

Curious Questions Contest | Cover Story Language Arts

Contest closes: 11:59 p.m. Central Time on October 15, 2020
Contest webinar: 10:00 a.m. Central Time on October 27, 2020

Send in 5 of your questions from section 1 (unit 1) of the Journal for a chance to win steampunk-themed prizes and be featured in a live webinar hosted by Mr. S!


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Rib-Tickling Limericks

Contest closes: 11:59 p.m. Central Time on December 1, 2020
Contest webinar: 10:00 a.m. Central Time on December 8, 2020

Submit up to 2 limericks from lesson 18 of Cover Story for a chance to win Amazon gift cards, signed copies of Mr. S.’s novels, and be featured during a live contest webinar!

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Pack a Punch: Letters to the Editor

Contest closed: February 2021, date TBA
Contest webinar: February 2021, date TBA

A contest devoted to the creative exchange of writing letters. Pen your own punchy back-and-forth between reader and magazine editor!

Every student is eligible to submit up to two “sets” of letters for a chance to be featured on the live webinar and to win prizes.

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Snapshots: Haiku and Senryu

Contest closes: April 2021, date TBA
Contest webinar:
April 2021, date TBA

Submit up to two haiku or senryu poems from Lessons 16, 17, and 61 for a chance to win Amazon gift cards and be featured during a live contest webinar hosted by Mr. S!

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Finish Line: End-of-Year Contest

Contest closes: June 2021, date TBA
Contest webinar:
June 2021, date TBA

Send in your completed magazine—your collected works, compiled and formatted into the structure of a magazine—for a chance to win an Amazon gift card! Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

Visit our Magazine Showcase to admire the finished magazines!

Discontinued: Disastrous Directions

We have discontinued this contest, but the entries from past years offer some wonderful examples of student work!

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