Cheerios children’s book contest

May 5, 2008

$5k for a 500-word children’s story, and a possible book deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, is what the winning author gets in the latest Spoonfuls of Stories contest from cereal maker General Mills.  Only caveat:

You are not eligible to enter and will be disqualified if you are a professional writer, such as a novelist, magazine, blogger or newspaper writer who creates books or articles for pay.

That’s a bit lame.  Regardless, deadline is July 15, 2008.  Details at SpoonfulsofStoriesContest.com.




  1. So, I guess, if your grandma has a blog with pix of her grandkids’ soccer games and Christmas pageants, all lovingly described in painful detail… forget it. She’s ineligible.

  2. Yeah, that’s the sort of story I’m interested in having the kids read to promote literacy. One written by somebody who is not, in any manner whatsoever, interested in writing stories of commercial merit, that might otherwise fulfill the responsibilities of a professional writer to satisfy expectations roused in the paying readership.

    Big incentive for a publisher. But then again, the sugar in the cereal makes pages shake really bad.

    Grandma was right. Reading’s for chimps.


  3. That’s sugary crap. I can think of maybe a couple of writers that I know that are writing without being plugged into modern forms of communication and they’re relics. Every writer I know is either writing stories and getting them published, blogging or journaling and sending it out there.

    I guess they want the closet writer. Now that sounds a little creepy but maybe it fulfills some strange idea of discovery that they want.

  4. Of course, I know various novelists but I didn’t mention them.

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