I have a primary school aged daughter. She wrote a poem and gave it to her teacher, who sent it off to "Write4Fun", a poetry competition.
The mail delivers a letter to my daughter, telling her that she was good enough to be in the 2006 competition, which is all very exciting for a ten year old. There is a glossy pamphlet with the letter, offering for sale the 2006 Competition book. For $64. I feel a bit surprised about this...
Caveats: I'm in Australia so thats AUD$ not US$, but still.
The Write4Fun competition has a website: www.write4fun.net
According to the site, the competition awards a first prize of $1000 and an XBOX (this years prize may be something else) to the first prize (with half the cash going to the school). It is doing this to "enhance the writing abilities of high and primary schools students throughout Australia and New Zealand and more recently, the United States of America." -- yes... they will also be running USA competitions too...
The competition is run by "Australasian Publishing Group", who I've never heard of. The site was registered by someone who apparently works for Write4Fun.
The $64 price tag (in Australian Dollars, mind you) is the INITIAL "Pre-Publication Special".
Is this a great thing for kids to interest them in writing and poetry. Or... something else?