Amazing Kids! Magazine

June 2016: Issue #100!

Hi Amazing Kids!

 

I am so excited and proud to announce that this month is the 100th issue for Amazing Kids! Magazine! In 1998 Alyse Rome founded Amazing Kids! to provide kids with a positive, uplifting voice that would help them find purpose, hope and a direction in life by inspiring them to discover their own unique gifts, interests and abilities and use their gifts in positive and productive ways to make a difference in the world. A former teacher, she began researching, writing and publishing the first “Amazing Kids! of the Month” stories for the amazing-kids.org website when it first launched in 1998.  Almost immediately, the world started taking note of these “Amazing Kids”. Within a few months of launching, some of the first “Amazing Kids” appeared on national television talk shows to recognize their impact. Today the amazing-kids.org website continues to be known worldwide as the number one online resource for stories about amazing kids. The magazine has also been recognized as one of the Top 24 “Great Web Sites for Kids” by the American Library Association. I am honored as Editor-in-Chief to be a part of the amazing team that brings the magazine to you each month. We have Ms. Rome overseeing the magazine, Ben our fabulous webmaster, and 22 positions filled with youth volunteers from 7 different countries bringing you over 80 pieces each month.

For June, with summer in full swing and schools getting out for summer break, our theme is the beauty of nature. We hope you’ll be inspired to go outdoors and experience nature in a new and enriched way after reading the stories included in this month’s issue. You’ll find stories about animals, woods, and nature, along with some extraordinary pictures from a new submitter to our magazine, Tanmay Kuchhal from India in our Amazing Artists column. My favorites this month include a poem by our Nonfiction Editor Victoria in the poetry column called Laughing Stream. She not only showcases her writing talents by editing her column, but her poetry skills really come through in her poems. We are lucky to get a glimpse of her perspective through poems like this one. I also appreciate the teachers out there that encourage their students to try some different types of writing. In the Fiction column you’ll see some stories where students were asked to create new Greek myths. Why the Sky is the Color Blue is one of these creative pieces. I also like stories that remind me to never give up. In the Nonfiction column you’ll get to read about the rewards of perseverance in the story If at First you Don’t Succeed.

With our 100th issue, we are pleased to announce our new contest. To spur your imaginations, we have given you an interesting writing prompt to help you come up with some creative and adventurous ideas. So put your pencils to the paper to write a story with this prompt, “(He/She/or Name) opened the door to the closet and there, sitting on the floor was a locked chest…”. Look on the contest page for the full details. If you’re interested in winning a $50 Amazon gift card, having your story published, or you just love writing, why not try entering our contest? I can’t wait to read your entries.

You can also submit your stories, articles, and art (including photographs) to me to include in upcoming issues. Our upcoming themes include: Friends Forever, Teachable Moments, Make a Difference, Reach for the Stars, A New Beginning, Acts of Kindness, and Electronics in Action. If you follow one of our themes, you’ll have a better chance of your submission being accepted for publication. Remember, we also publish artwork so all those sketches could make you a published artist. Just scan your piece of art you’ve made and send it to us as a png or jpeg file. So look through the stories you’ve written and your artwork and send them to me at editor@amazing-kids.org after reading the submission requirements in our Write for Us area under the “Get Involved” tab.

We’re still looking for some excellent writers and editors to join our amazing team in the next several months as some of our editors go off to college and we give some of our current editors new, well-earned responsibilities. Just email me with your writing experience and interests to editor@amazing-kids.org.

The author Brenda Sutton Rose wrote, ““The wind whirls and whistles and strips pink blooms from the mimosas, scatters twigs, broken limbs, pine needles and pine cones across our yard, and robs the pecan trees of a thousand leaves. The storm eventually dies, but the bruised trees continue to weep into the night, still shimmering with dewy leaves when the sun comes up the next morning.” May you also find poetry in nature and be able to write about it to this depth. Words can move people, and you have the power within yourself to write those words. Be inspired
Write On!

Ryan Traynor
Editor-in-Chief
editor@amazing-kids.org

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