Highlights for Children has a Blog!

I am planning to enter Highlights for Children’s annual January fiction contest (any genre, for beginning readers 6 – 8 years old, 500 words), and thought it would be a good idea to read the stories that won previous contests.  So, yesterday I browsed around the Calgary Public Library’s eLibrary, looking for the winning entries of Highlights’ previous contests.  The eLibrary includes Masterfile Premiere, an amazing resource.  It is a database of magazine articles, including some children’s magazines.  (If you have a Calgary Public Library membership and want to use this, I’ve included instructions below.)

I found 16 of the most recent winning stories, and thought I would write a blog post to give them to all of you.  But before I did that, I wanted to check with Highlights to make sure I wasn’t infringing on a copyright.  I called their main phone number and explained to the person who answered what I needed to know, and she put me through to Judy Burke, the managing editor.

Well, what a fun experience that was.  What an energetic upbeat person – exactly the voice you’d expect to hear at Highlights!  She said I can’t post the winning stories, but I can link to the webpage where the winners are listed.

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Judy also asked my name and after I told her, I mentioned that they had published a puzzle I’d submitted.  She said that if a person has published ANYthing with them, their name is flagged.  So whenever they send a new submission it has an advantage.  That was nice to know!

She also suggested that I check out their brand-new blog, “Highlights Aha!”.  What an exciting discovery!  And it is MY kind of blog.  Of course, that’s no big surprise, since their magazine is my kind of magazine.  They stand for children and education and goodness.

I hope you check out the blog, and if you enter the contest, good luck!

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Instructions for using CPL eLibrary Masterfile Premiere:

You can find full text articles from children’s magazines in the database by going to www.calgarypubliclibrary.com and clicking on eLibrary at the top.  Choose “Newspapers & Magazines”, then Masterfile Premier.  You will need to log in with your library card number and PIN.

To see all children’s magazines available in this database, choose Publications from the blue menu at the top of the screen.  Select the “By Subject & Description” radio button and browse using “Children’s” as the search term.  (From the Publications search page you can also choose to browse for a specific periodical title with the “Alphabetical” radio button selected.)

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