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National Pet Week Creative Writing Contest 2014 Submission Guidelines

The Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association (Auxiliary to the AVMA) is pleased to announce their annual Creative Writing Contest. The contest will be for the year 2014 and entries should center on the 2014 National Pet Week theme “Celebrate a Healthy Pet.”

The national winner will receive a $100.00 cash award. Judging will be based on writing ability, creativity and the use of the theme, “Celebrate a Healthy Pet.” The entry must be original and previously unpublished. An adult may help type the entry, but may not change the content or style. The entry may be no less than 20 words and no more than 200. Immediate or extended family members of the judge’s will not be eligible to participate.

The creative writing contest is open to students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. Stories, essays or poems are to be based on the National Pet Week theme for 2014 – “Celebrate a Healthy Pet.” The application form must be attached to the writing entry and all pertinent information must be filled in.

Submission of the creative writing entry entitles the Auxiliary to the AVMA to publish and promote the poster in their projects, promotions or publications. Entries will not be returned and become the property of the Auxiliary to the AVMA.

All entries must be accompanied with an entry form. Contestants may submit their entries via email or may send them to the Schaumburg, IL address. If submitting via email, the entry should be in the body of the email and not as an attachment. Please contact the Auxiliary for an entry form at auxiliarykritters@yahoo.com or call 1.847.285.6747.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: May 10, 2013 extended

Once completed send along with your creative writing entry to:

NPW Creative Writing Contest
Auxiliary to the AVMA
1931 N. Meacham Road Ste. 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173

E-mail your questions to auxiliarykritters@yahoo.com or call 1.847.285.6747

2013 Creative Writer Winning Entry

Grand Prize Winner

Jasmine Jimenez                      9th Grade         Bronx, NY

“A True Pet’s Friend”

Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, or rodent
Don’t you dare waste another second.
If you love your pet
Take him or her to the vet.
They don’t have to be sick or need any repair
Just take them for a trip to show them you care.

If you want your pet to love you making sure they’re healthy is a must
When they sense that you’re helping them they start to develop a sense of trust.
Knowing they have a friend makes their heart’s beat ever so gentle
So make sure to get them checked for illness, diet and dental.
Sure buying toys can really make a pet content
But that happiness only last for a moment.

The best gift you can give them is a healthy life that lasts long
When visiting his doctor, nothing can go wrong.
Go ahead and make an appointment
With your pet’s health you can’t lose a moment.
Because when it comes time they need some love to be around
They know where a sincere, dear friend can be found.

Honorable Mention
Marissa Rovira            7th Grade         Baton Rouge, LA
Kathryn Simpson        4th Grade         Geyser, MT


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