For all those interested in the annual RWB Children's Writing Contest, I've posted below the letter sent by organizer Alice Cooper regarding the extension of the contest until tomorrow April 3.
Hello once again to all Parents, Teachers, Librarians and School Staff,
As some of you may have noticed, there have been some technical difficulties with the reception of some contest entries by e-mail this year. I had foreseen some problems and had hoped to troubleshoot them as quickly as possible, but unfortunately the Contest Inbox filled up extremely quickly, as you can imagine, with the numerous contest entries (which is wonderful news, really, because there has been an excellent turnout!). I have been working very hard at downloading, saving and transferring all these files to a saved folder in order to free up space at the RWCONTEST e-mail address, so please ask your students who have had any difficulties sending their entries to try sending again, until they receive a definite receipt confirmation stating that their contest entry has been received.
As a result, we have agreed to extend the deadline by two days for those participants who, again, have been having problems getting their entries in by e-mail. This is an exceptional extension for this year, because we are all new to the transmission process by e-mail, and I do want to be sure to receive all those contest entries that children have already prepared and worked very hard to write and send in with their parents', teachers' and librarians' help.
Thank you so much for all your support and for all the assistance you have been giving your children in this transition process -- we truly believe it will be beneficial for everyone, as we are saving on paper use and cost. Also, I have been able to contact those children who have had difficulties and questions and to ask them to re-send their stories if by chance the Guidelines weren't followed to the letter or if they forgot to include something in their cover sheet information. The e-mail process has allowed for faster communication in this way, making it easier for all participants to have their stories included!
Thank you in advance for letting your students know about this temporary extension -- I can accept contest entries at the http://us.f327.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Toemail@example.com e-mail address until midnight on April 3rd, once again ONLY for all those who have had technical difficulties getting their stories in by e-mail.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at this e-mail address if you have any further questions or concerns.
Red Wheelbarrow Contest Coordinator
** The Red Wheelbarrow Creative Writing Contest is supported by the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) France and Ecole Massillon. **