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Feature Writing

Feature Writing

Contestants may be given a fact sheet which includes background information. Participants will conduct a live interview. In the two-hour competition, writers must write a feature story. Contestants may use a dictionary and/or thesaurus. Students using computers must save their entries as PDFs and have them completely printed by the end of the contest.


• Lead catches the reader’s attention.
• Body of story uses short paragraphs. Summary statements are used as transitions. Conclusion ties back to lead.
• Quality quotes are used

Writing Contests Guidelines
• Writers should bring pencils, pens, erasers, notebook paper, dictionary, thesaurus and stylebook. Students are allowed to bring computers. Some printers will be available, but students may wish to bring their own printer. Stories must be saved as PDFs and completely printed by the end of the contest.
• Style should be consistent throughout writing.

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