Win a Kindle Fire!

From Sadie’s Sketchbook Writing Contest

Calling all imaginative tellers of tales… Let Sadie’s adventures spark your own creativity. Draft a story, poem or essay of 500 words or less on one of the following topics for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!


1. In  Shades of Truth, Sadie’s best friend, Pippa, sends her a book of the Top Ten Reasons they’ll always be best friends. Write about one of your best friends in action. Why is she such a special person to you?

2. Sadie’s adventures begin with a move from California to Owl Creek, MI. Write about a move, either to a new home, a new school, or even a new team or group. What changes, challenges, and excitement did you encounter?

3. In Waves of Light, Sadie’s youth group puts on a play based on an original fairy tale that Penny, her youth group leader, wrote. Write your own fairy tale, using elements such as larger than life characters, a long-ago and far-away setting, and a problem that may at first seem impossible to overcome.


The grand prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire. The second place winner will receive a $100 VISA gift card. The third place winner will receive a $50 VISA gift card.

To Enter:

Mail your entry to From Sadie’s Sketchbook Writing Contest, c/o Sara Merritt, The Zondervan Corporation, 5300 Patterson, SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49530.

You can also enter online:

  1. Adults, over 13, can enter for young writers on my Facebook page, at:
  2. Additionally, you can enter online here:

All entries must be postmarked/dated between April 1, 2012 and June 1, 2012.

This contest is open to young people ages 9-16.

Please note: Entries not conforming to the above requirements will be automatically disqualified. Only one submission per entrant is permitted.  Multiple entries are automatically disqualified, and only the first submission will be considered. View the official contest rules here.

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  • Rachel

    This sounds awesome! However I’m confused, it say 16 and under for the age limit, but under the official rules it says 9-12.

    • I have the same question as Rachel – the official rules say that anyone between the ages of 9-12 can enter, but I’m fifteen. Can I still enter the contest?

  • How can we mail an entry one April 1st when it is April 21st? And this was posted on April 7th? Are the dates right? I really want to enter, but I’m very confused 😉

  • Marit

    I found a typo just off hand reading the official rules.
    The Contest will commence on April 1, 2012 (9:00 a.m. (EST)). E-mail entries must be received by June
    1, 2012 (5:00 p.m. (EST)). Entries by mail must be postmarked no earlier than April 1, 2011 and received
    no later than June 6, 2011.”

    It says the contest will start on April 1, 2012. Okay, that part is okay. And so is the E-mail entries recieved by June 1st, 2012. But the typo I found is “…postmarked no earlier than APRIL 1, 2011 and recieved no later than JUNE 6, 2011.” It is marked one year behind. I don’t know what that means, but I thought I would tell you.

  • Naomi

    Hello to all of you!

    Sorry for the confusion. The contest was originally open to young writers up to age 16, but the guidelines were changed and I didn’t notice. I will ask legal to fix the dates on the official contest rules, but you’re right, the deadline for posting is June 1, 2012.

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