The following information is for the 2020 contest. Details will be updated and announced by newsletter as we approach the next contest.
We are curious about your student’s “Curious Questions”!
We’ve run this contest for five years—it’s the contest that began it all—and it’s one of our favorites! It’s a very simple event: you send us some of your student’s most profound, humorous, or thought-provoking questions from Section 1 of The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther von Steuben, and we hold a webinar to share the entries and give away steampunk-themed prizes.
We aren’t merely curious to read the unusual and funny questions students come up with; we are truly passionate about nurturing your student’s curiosity. The ability to ask good questions and to look at the world with wonder is foundational to strong writing. This event is one way we can help students enjoy being curious!
How My Student Can Enter
- Any student using Cover Story this school year is eligible to submit up to 5 “Curious Questions.”
- The questions must be submitted by the parent/teacher of the student.
- To be eligible for prizes, the questions must come from the student’s own mind, with no outside input from family, friends, or teachers.
- The questions must be accompanied by the student’s first name, age, and state/province of residence.
Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. Central Time on October 15, 2020.
Some example past and present prizes:
•A piece of steampunk memorabilia, like a magnifying glass, a compass, or a pair of tricked-out goggles
•A wooden mouse, hand-carved in honor of Mr. S’s Legends of Tira-Nor series
The webinar will be Tuesday, October 27, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. It will be roughly half an hour long. We’ll laugh over funny questions, muse over puzzling ones, admire deep and insightful musings, and give stuff away!
NOTE: You do NOT have to be present at the webinar to win your prize. But it will be fun, so don’t miss it!
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
10:00 a.m. Central Time
You are not required to sign up in advance for this webinar, and we will send out a reminder email before October 27.
The online “room” will be open a few minutes early—generally within 15 minutes before start time—so that you can connect and be ready before it starts. If it will be your first time watching one of our webinars, we recommend joining early so you have time to install Zoom if you need to (the webinar service we use).
** We will send out a link to watch a recording, if you have to miss it. **
- We will only share your student’s submissions using their first name and state/province of residence. No last names will be mentioned.
- Parents/family members: Only students are eligible to receive giveaway items. Again, please make sure that poems credited to students originated with the students themselves without input from the parent or other outside sources.