ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m pleased to tell you that Kim Piddington, who teaches fifth grade at Wilson’s Creek School in Springfield, Missouri, was high bidder on the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival chance to be featured on my blog. Kim will appear soon. We’re working on it now. And she has a great story to tell! Be watching for Kim.
Here’s the latest from our hardworking friends in England, Ralph and Lisa. I love what they’re doing.
News from smories:
 We have a sparkling new multicoloured homepage at http://www.smories.com , featuring the sunny smiles of all our readers. We now have over 300 smories on the site. Thanks to everyone’s involvement and enthusiasm, we’re building a great free resource for kids online.
 Our latest competition is now live. $1,000 to be won by the 5 smories that get the most views in the month of October. Smories in competition are viewable here: http://www.smories.com/competition/
 Winners of our previous competitions can be seen here: http://www.smories.com/winners/
 You can now submit your own films to the site here: http://www.smories.com/submit/video/
We think/hope this new tool will be useful for AUTHORS & TEACHERS.
 FOR YOUR KIDS/STUDENTS – receive A NEW SMORY EVERY DAY in your inbox by subscribing here: http://www.smories.com/search/
 If you submitted a smory in September, we will let you know whether it has been accepted for filming and shortlisted for the competition on 07 October.
As ever, please give us your feedback. The site is growing all the time and we very much appreciate hearing your thoughts.
– Ralph & Lisa
P.S. Here’s another announcement that just arrived.
Just to let you know, today we are launching a new children’s writing competition, i.e. for stories written by children.
US$ 1,000 in in prizes to be won. Prize money goes to the winners’ school libraries.
Submisions are now open. Competition closes 30 November. Writers must be 16 or under.
Full details here: http://www.smories.com/submit_home/
If you could help us spread the word by passing this on to teachers or kids you know, that would be massively appreciated!
Ralph and Lisa