Get your students fired up with a contest that will introduce them to the real world of publishing and scholastic recognition, not to mention real prize money.
The Virginia Quarterly Review is sponsoring a contest for young book reviewers. All writing contestants must be under the age of 30. It's a formidable project with the minimum word count at 2,000 words, up to a maximum of 3,500 words. Read about the requirements here.
Your students will probably be most interested in reading about the prize:
The prize for the winning entry is $1,000, publication in our Winter 2009 issue, and a publishing contract for three additional reviews worth up to $3,000. Finalists (up to five) will receive a complimentary one-year student or associate membership in the National Book Critics Circle, a one-year subscription to VQR, and may also be offered paid publication in VQR (in print or online).
Move fast on this one, as all reviews must be uploaded to the VQR website by September 30.
Here are two sites to assist with the fine points of writing book reviews: