Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I Love Costa Rica’s Rain Forest! Young Travel Writers and Artists Contest

Smart Poodle Publishing is Pleased to Announce the
I Love Costa Rica’s Rain Forest!
Young Travel Writers Contest
Children from 5K through 5th Grade are invited to submit original stories and artwork to our I Love Costa Rica’s Rain Forest! Contest

Contest Deadline Extended to November 30, 2009!
New Prizes Just Added!
$100 Will Be Awarded by Smart Poodle Publishing
to the First Place Winners in Each Category
All Other Prizes donated by Rand McNally’s online store at

First Place Winners in three grade categories (5K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade) will each receive these three prizes (Value listed):
Rand McNally
Personal Journeys World Pinable Wall Map
Rand McNally
Hard Bound World Atlas ($24.95)
Kids' Travel Activity Bundle ($15.80)
A Check for $100

Second Place Winners in three grade categories (5K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade) will each receive these two prizes (Value listed):
Rand McNally
Traveler Series Kids Illustrated Wall Map
Kids' Travel Activity Bundle ($15.80)

Third Place Winners in three grade categories (5K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade) will each receive this prize (Value listed):
World Knowledge Bundle ($22.90)
About the Essay
The story should a real or imaginary travel adventure set in the Costa Rican rainforest.
Read all you can about the plants, animals and natural environment (including preservation) of Costa Rica’s Rain Forest online and at your local library. Start with the Lilly Badilly website. Make sure you can find the country of Costa Rica on a map!
In your story, include info about the real plants, animals, and natural environment of Costa Rica’s Rain Forest.
About the Artwork
Draw, color or paint a picture (using any medium i.e. crayon, pencil, markers, paint) to submit with your essay.
Your picture should be completed on an 8.5” X 11” sheet of paper & must be mailed to Smart Poodle Publishing along with
Entry Form.
Contest Rules
This contest is free! No Purchase necessary.
Contest is open to USA residents in 3 grade level groups as of the contest deadline date November 30, 2009 (5K-1st grade; 2nd-3rd grade; or 4th-5th grade).
The story should be no longer than 1,000 words.
Give your story an original title.
The story must be original. Do not copy any other published work in your story including The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica.
Parents, please do not help your kids write their stories or draw their pictures.
Please type your story so it can be easily emailed to the publisher.
At the end of your essay, list the names and authors of any books used to research your story, and also include any websites you used for your essay.
Submit your story via email in a Microsoft Word Attachment or just paste it into the text of the email. No fancy fonts please. Email it to We will reply via email to confirm it has been received. Include child's name, grade (as of 9/30/09) and parent's email address.

Click here to print out an
Entry Form with a checklist and mail it in with your artwork.
Mail your original 8.5 X 11 inch artwork with name and parent’s email address on the back to Smart Poodle Publishing, PO Box 817468, Hollywood, FL 33081. DO NOT fold artwork. It will fit in a 9 X 12 envelope. You may include a hard copy of your story if you like, but the story must still be emailed.

If you want your artwork returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Deadline to enter has been extended to November 30, 2009. Stories must be emailed by this date & artwork postmarked by this date.
Previous Smart Poodle contest Winners and Honorable Mentions are not eligible for awards.
Stories will be judged by travel and teaching professionals.
Click here to read judge's bios.
Stories will be judged on the following criteria: 1) Originality and creativity of both the essay and artwork 2) Quality of writing (appropriate for the age of the child) 3) Demonstrated understanding of the Costa Rican Rain Forest 4) How well the entrant follows the contest rules
All prizes donated by Rand McNally’s Online Store at
There will be 9 winners - One First Place Winner, one Second Place Winner and one Third Place Winner in each of the 3 age categories: 5K-1st grade; 2nd-3rd grade; or 4th-5th grade. (See prizes listed above.)
Winners’ stories will be published on our website and Rand McNally’s website using the authors names & photos. We will request photos after winners are chosen.
Winners will be notified by December 15, 2009.
Prizes will be mailed by Smart Poodle Publishing to winners.
Contact Info
If you have any questions, send an email to


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