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Finish Line end of year magazine contest

Please join us for the last Cover Story contest and live webinar of the school year!

This time around, we want to see your completed magazine! Any student who is currently using the curriculum is eligible to submit their collected works, compiled and formatted into the structure of a magazine, for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

How It Works

  1. Any student using Cover Story this school year is eligible to submit their magazine.
  2. The magazine must be submitted by the parent/teacher of the student.
  3. To be eligible for prizes, all of the written content inside the magazine must come from the student’s own mind, with no outside input from family, friends, or teachers.
  4. It’s okay if a parent or teacher helped with layout and design; if this is the case, please give credit to that person (or those people) in the ONLINE ENTRY FORM.
  5. The shipping address should be accompanied by a first and last name, but only the student’s first name, age, and state/province will be listed next to his or her entry.

You are free to omit one or more creative pieces if you feel they do not fit the overall tone of the magazine.

Submissions will be judged based on coherence (how well the magazine incorporates the theme), the quality of the written content, the creativity of the execution, and the design (format, layout, images, etc.).

However, while we will take layout and design into consideration, we are more concerned with well-executed stories, creative concepts, and clever theme integration, so please don’t be deterred from entering if you and your student are unfamiliar with design principles.


All entrants must fill out the ONLINE ENTRY FORM.

You MUST upload a PDF File directly to the entry form.

Please compile all the pages of the magazine into one document or file, with the pages in order, and export that document as a PDF. Do NOT send several individual pages or attach every assignment separately.

When saving or exporting as a PDF, if you are given a choice, please set the image quality to “High,” “Best,” or “Print Quality.” (The options given will differ based on the program.) If your program allows you to set the dpi, please select 300 dpi.

Contest Opens May 8, 2024

Entry Deadline: May 22, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time


“Best in Show” will receive a $25 gift card (or equivalent book retailer)!

We will also award a few prizes to select pieces—individual articles, stories, poems, and the like—that we feel are particularly skillful, so please send in your magazine even if the layout and design are rudimentary!

Live WebinarFinish Line end of year magazine contest

Mr. S. and Sarah will host a special live webinar for you and your Cover Story student. They’ll show off your completed magazines, award prizes to the winners, and discuss the strengths of various entries.

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!

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
10:00 a.m. Central Time

Join the Webinar

The online “room” will be open a few minutes early—generally within 15 minutes of 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, age, and state/province of residence. No last names will be mentioned.
  • Parents/family members: Only students are eligible to receive prizes. Again, please make sure that magazines credited to students originated with the students themselves without input from the parent or other outside sources.
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