Try this out!
Enter the
Van Gogh writing contest
Every picture tells a story. The best part is... it's a different story for everyone who sees it! It's all up to your imagination.

Choose a painting by Vincent van Gogh and make up a story about what is happening in the picture. Think of the painting as an illustration for your tale. Maybe there's a funny tale to be told about a postman, a fairytale about a mouse who lived in an artist's bedroom, or a magical story about a star-filled night... use your imagination!

One place to view Vincent's work online is The Van Gogh Gallery.

A personally dedicated copy of Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids for each winner in addition to a copy for his or her school library. Winning stories will be published on

Your entry should be in the form of a short story and contain 1000 words or less. Be as descriptive and imaginative as you can.

The contest is open to children ages 9 to 11 and 12 to 14. Each age group will have a winner. All contest entries must be your own, original work.

All contest entries must be submitted by midnight EST on Saturday, October 1st, 2011.

How winners will be picked
Carol Sabbeth, along with select judges, will choose one entry in each age group that they feel best meets the topic of the contest. Winning entries will be clever, well-written, and insightful.

the Van Gogh Gallery
to view many of Vincent's paintings
How to submit an entry

1. Paste your story into an e-mail message and send it to:
Files sent by attachment will not be opened.

2. Proofread thoroughly and keep your text format simple. Entries with spelling, grammar or punctuation errors may be disqualified without notice. Do not include any clip art, images, or photos with your entry. Words only, please. Stories longer than 1000 words will not be considered. One entry per person.

3. Include your name, age, and e-mail address in your e-mail, as well as the title of your chosen painting by Vincent van Gogh.

4. Entries must be received by October 1, 2011. Winners will be notified by October 30, 2011.

Note: CarolBooks seeks permission to publish your work on this web site. Authors retain the copyright to their work. Once selected, winners must send their school information and a mailing address so prizes can be sent.

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