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21 Oct 2014

ANA announces creative writing contest for Young Numismatists

Young Numismatists Exchange | ANA Official Post | Jake Sherlock

Create an essay describing the “journey” of a favorite coin


The ANA is holding a contest for Young Numismatists with great creative writing skills! Prizes will be awarded for all submissions, and special prizes awarded for the best stories in the following age groups:

Group 1: Ages 4-7 – Minimum of one paragraph required 
Group 2: Ages 8-12 – Minimum of three paragraphs required 
Group 3: Ages 13-17 – Minimum of five paragraphs required 


Create a paper telling about a coin’s “life,” “adventures” and “experiences.” This story should be “historical fiction” (you get to make up the coin’s story, but keep it based on history and reality as much as possible). Use a favorite coin as the subject of the story. 

Papers should address these types of questions: What does the coin look like? What has this coin ‘seen?’ Where has it been – has it been in one place for a long time, or has it been on the move? Who has used it and what did they buy? Has anyone famous used it? What encounters will this coin have in the future? Be creative and use your imagination!

  • You may neatly write or type your coin’s story. Good writing and neatness help your chances for winning!
  • Hint for all writers: Proofread your paper. Does it make sense? Did you explain everything you wanted, the way you wanted? Try to put yourself in the place of your readers. 
  • Hint for older writers: Make sure you have a good “main idea” in your introductory paragraph, and use your other paragraphs to strengthen this idea.
  • Note to parents: While we want children to be the true authors of these stories, we encourage your involvement with the writing process and allow you to assist the author! Children do not have to be ANA members to participate.


All papers must be submitted to the ANA by Wednesday, Dec. 3 to Sam Gelberd, Numismatic Instructor, by e-mail at sgelberd@money.org, fax at 719-634-4085, or mail at:

ANA Writing Contest
818 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO  80903 

Winners will be notified by the end of 2014. Winning papers will be posted to the ANA blog.

Comments

Longstrider

Level 6

What a cool idea! I would love to do this as an adult... maybe a future contest for "older Numi's". Can't wait to read the winning papers!

nachos10

Level 4

is it ok if I email it to you in a few hours? @Numinerd9

Cassie

Level 4

I am with Amanda. We need a big kid contest! :)

Numinerd9

Level 5

{@Numinerd Im finishing up my story. (making a few tweaks) I will email it to you ASAP} Right on, nachos10! Remember I need your paper by tomorrow, Dec. 3rd - that goes for every interested YN. Take your time to proofread it carefully - something all good writers do, all the time. But please don't forget to turn it in by tomorrow's deadline! Good luck!!

nachos10

Level 4

@Numinerd Im finishing up my story. (making a few tweaks) I will email it to you ASAP

Numinerd9

Level 5

Where have all the YN writers gone? There are only two weeks left to go and so far, I've only received TWO submissions - they will definitely get at least one prize, if not more - but what about you? Don't delay, the next two weeks will pass you by before you know it, so turn your paper in asap in order to be eligible for some fantastic numismatic prizes (I can't tell you what they'll be - just enjoy the idea of surprise as we approach the holiday season!) Don't be afraid -it's not for a grade, it's for the love of our hobby, and I think it'd be a shame for some of you awesome YNs to miss out on a great opportunity to cash in on your creativity!

CERGRADER

Level 5

What about a 50 year old kid...?? Lol. I'm interested in reading some of the yarns spun.

nachos10

Level 4

Cant wait to get started!

luv2collect

Level 4

SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Numinerd9

Level 5

Uh, I can see if they'll let me add an honorable mention category for the big kids, Amanda! lol

Amanda Varner

Level 4

Love it. What about big kid's in their late 20's or early 30's? ;)

Longstrider

Level 6

What a great idea. I like the neatness counts part. I think we are going to see some great stories here. Maybe another famous numismatic writer is going to be discovered!!

Numinerd9

Level 5

I can't wait to see all the amazing stories come in; looking forward to reading them all! If you have any questions feel free to ask me here on this blog, or at my e-mail address above. Best of luck to all YN's who participate! -Sam G.

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