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March 26th: Last Call & Spring Contest!

Published by • Mar 26th, 2011 • Category: GHC News

Girls Horse Club Spring ContestYAY FOR SPRING! Although it may not feel like it in your little corner of the real world, spring has officially sprung at GHC and we’re sowing the seeds for a new activity to help your creativity blossom.

Inspired by our Every Picture Tells a Story contest back in 2007, we’re planning something similar with a fun twist that involves collaboration and competition. The activity will have three parts:

  • PART 1. Submissions will open for horse artwork, photos or photo illustrations created by you. We’ll post the best submissions in the gallery.
  • PART 2. Submissions will open for fiction short stories inspired by the images in the gallery. The best will be published here on the blog.
  • PART 3. Readers (that’s everyone!) will vote for their favorite collaboration between artist and writer. To even the playing field, we’ll have different age categories for voting.

We hope you’re as excited about participating in this activity as we are about hosting it!

We’ll need time to set up the details, so the contest will begin in the latter half of April (specific dates to come). In the meantime, you can start thinking about/working on your artwork submissions. UPDATE: Click here for contest details starting Saturday April 2nd, 2011.

LAST CALL FOR GENERAL SUBMISSIONS. The submission form will close on Monday so we can focus on preparing for the contest. While submissions are still trickling in, the themes are very similar to what we’ve been seeing so timing is good to switch things up.

As you heard from the editorial team and your herd mates, we’d love to feature more quality non-fiction content. The few submissions we did receive were either light on content or the content was not in sync with our standards for originality. It’s great for all writers — even if you naturally gravitate toward fiction or poetry — to cultivate non-fiction writing skills and understand how to research and incorporate sources with originality and the appropriate attribution. Our library has many great examples, so look around for both personal essays and original reporting on topics of interest to horsey readers.

Keep in mind you don’t need to be a horse expert to write quality non-fiction, but try to focus on areas where you do have knowledge — if you pretend to be something you’re not, editors and readers will instinctively know the work is not authentic. For example, if your knowledge of horses comes mostly from non-fiction or fiction books, write an article that lists a few of the books that expanded your knowledge of/interest in horses, and tell us (in your own words) what you gained from or liked about each book.

We’ll look forward to seeing and reading everyone’s contributions for the spring contest. Thanks for reading!


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  1. Looking forward to this! Excellent work y’all have done so far! I love reading it! =0)
    ahh spring the time of mounds and mounds and mounds.. and mounds of horse hair.. excuse me while I go sneeze a billion times! haha..


  2. I can’t wait!!! This sounds so exciting! My brain is just bashing with ideas! I can’t wait to see the winners when the time comes!☺☻☺☻☺☻☺☻

  3. Ohh, this looks like fun! I love photography, so I’ll very likely enter! I had one idea for non-fiction to submit by Monday. Would a book review or two be ok? I’d like to share one or two of my favourite horse books.

  4. Toppyrocks: Go for it, and have fun! I can’t wait to see your photography when the time comes :)

  5. all right! so, do you have to do the story and the pic, or can you use another artist’s and work together?

  6. Good question caroline. In the spirit of being inclusive, we’re giving you several ways to participate in this activity. You can submit something for the gallery, but pass on doing a story. You can pass on submitting an image and still do a story based on one of the images submitted by others. You can also submit an image and a story, but your story must be based on an image that’s not your own. And of course, you can opt out of submitting an image and story, but still vote for the best collaboration.

  7. Awesome!
    I can’t wait to enter some drawings and stories.
    I’m also excited to see ya”ll’s work too:)

  8. Ooh, what perfect timing! I get to visit a place that is fabulous for horse photography(not giving it away ;D) in a couple of days. I’ll just have to see what I come up with.

    Well, I guess I’ll see y’all later!

  9. I am going to write a story based on my horse’s life, is it O.K. if only part of my story go’s with the picture? It is a picture of a horse and a foal; they are both the same colour as my horse. thanks ( :

  10. paliminoponygirl,

    The point of this particular activity is to collaborate. If you write a story, it should be attached to a photo that someone else submitted. Likewise, if you submit a photo, it’s with the understanding that someone else will write a story correlating to it. Feel free to write a story about your own horse on your own time for future submissions, but for this activity you’re going to have to collaborate with others.

    Hope that helped! :)

  11. Aah! I just missed out on submissions!!! I was going to submit another Honey story.
    Oh well, I can’t wait for this spring contest, but where I live it is autumn!


  12. That sounds great LeadMare. I know exactly what I want to do. Thanks LeadMare! =D


  13. Hi, I have never published anything on GHC but I have been reading the newsletter and the stories for a long time. I love to write, especially about horses, and I would love to enter the contest. So, I was wondering exactly how I could and if I could even though I have never published anything on GHC. Thanks and I think that GHC is awesome!!:)

  14. Good HealingHorses! I love your name and I hope to see some of your writings. You can even though you have never published anything. I love to write too and I think this contest is a great idea. The submissions open and then you could enter writings and as for pictures I don’t know but my sister probably does.

    P.S. I agree. GHC rocks!!!

  15. Welcome to GHC, HealingHorses!

    To submit work, you simply click the link under ‘About The GHC Blog’ once it opens. You can read the ‘Submission Guide’ as well, so your work has a stronger chance of being published, located right on top of the entry form.


  16. Happy April Fools Day GHC!