If you are planning to enter the Writers' Ink contest this year in hopes of winning a cash prize and getting published in the literary magazine that accompanies the contest, you may need help in choosing and developing a topic for your poem, short story, or essay. Your English teacher may give you some tips and assignments to point you in the right direction, but if you are working on your own, you may wish to use the creative writing ideas at this web site.

For details on this year's contest, ask your English teacher for a copy of the student handbook and the submission form. The handbook will provide the contest rules, the submission guidelines, the deadline for entering the contest, and the judging criteria used to select the winners and the honorable mentions. A submission form will need to be filled out for each contest entry. If you are a home-schooled high school student, you may compete in the contest, but you will need to recruit a full-time English teacher in one of the high schools in Union County, Arkansas, to serve as your sponsor.

Notice that this web site is divided into three main areas: poetry, short fiction, and essays. Within each of these subdivisions are tips, topics, and complete writing assignments for the genre along with some models to give you an idea of what the finished product may look like. Click on the buttons and links to navigate your way through the material. If you find an idea that you like, feel free to use it, but do not pattern your poem, story, or essay too closely after any of the models. If you do, you will be guilty of plagiarism. Simply choose a topic or assignment, and write about it from your own experiences and/or creative imagination. Good luck and good writing!