Cool Boys Read, Inc.

2016 Read Along, Write Along Contest

The Cool Boys Read® 2016 “Read Along, Write Along” Contest invites children (ages 6 to 16 years old in the United States of America) to join us as we "Gear Up for Greatness."

For the “Read Along” portion, contestants should think about what they would like to be great at doing. Then they must read and respond to questions on a book about someone who has achieved greatness in that field or a book that provides information on how to improve or excel in that area.

The book response will qualify the contestant for the “Write Along” portion of the contest. Contestants should write a story or essay of 500 words or less that fits into one of the following categories: 

My Story of Greatness — Write an essay that describes one of your greatest achievements. The essay should describe how long it took to fulfill the accomplishment, the effort it took to achieve it, reflections on the experience, and any future plans.

Greatness All Around Us — Here’s an opportunity to shine a light on someone whose story we may or may not have previously heard. Interview someone who has achieved something great and share his or her story.

Going for the Goal — Create a story or poem about someone who strives for greatness and the efforts he or she makes to achieve it. Describe the goal the person sets, the challenges he or she faces in trying to reach that goal, and the outcome of his or her efforts.

Entries will be judged in the following age groups:  6–8, 9–12, and 13–16 

Entries should be appropriate for all ages and will be judged in the following age groups:

6 to 8 years old

9 to 12 years old

13 to 15 years old

Winners

If there are entries for every age group, at least one winner will be selected from each group. Winning entries will be published in the upcoming book, Cool Boys Read, Write…and Gear Up for Greatness. Winners will receive 1 copy of the book and will be invited to the book launch at their own expense.

Contestants’ reading responses, written submissions, and accompanying artwork may be shared (in whole or in part) on the Cool Boys Read® Web site, social media pages, and/or other outlets. There will be NO PAYMENT OF ANY KIND AT ANY TIME for the use of these materials, which will become the property of Cool Boys Read, Inc. The Winners will be notified on or around September 30, 2016. The book is scheduled to publish in December 2016. 

How to Enter

Entries are due by July 31, 2016

  1. Complete the entry form. (A parent or guardian must complete the first page of the form. The rest of the form may be completed by the contestant.)
  2. Send a message to coolboysread@gmail.com, following the instructions below:
    1. Subject line: Read Along, Write Along Contest
    2. Message: Contestant's Name, Age, State
    3. Attachments:
      1. A Word doc with ONLY the following information:
        1. Contestant's age
        2. Contestant's state
        3. The category — fiction or nonfiction
        4. The title of the story or essay
        5. The story or essay
      2. Any artwork or photographs for the story


Important Notes

Contestants’ reading responses, written submissions, and accompanying artwork may be shared (in whole or in part) on the Cool Boys Read® Web site, social media pages, and/or other outlets. There will be NO PAYMENT OF ANY KIND AT ANY TIME for the use of these materials, which will become the property of Cool Boys Read, Inc.

The Winners will be notified on or around September 30, 2016.

The book is scheduled to publish in December 2016.

Our book launch is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Entry Form