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Day 1 of 31: The Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge Begins Today!

The Second-Ever, Month-Long Slice of Life Story Challenge Begins HERE Today!
We're delighted you are joining us for the Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Welcome to the first day of our month-long writing challenge! Please link your Slice of Life Story to this post by leaving a comment (scroll to the bottom of this post) before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time today.

Please note: We’ve turned comment moderation off for the month of March.  However, if you’ve never posted a comment on TWT before, or if your comment contains more than one hyperlink, then your comment will be held for moderation.  We will monitor blog comments a few times today so we can approve submissions that do not post automatically.  Therefore, there is no need to re-post your comment if it doesn’t appear immediately.

For more information:

  • Click here to obtain information about implementing this Challenge in your classroom.

  • Click here to download the SOLSC Button Ruth created.

  • Click here to read about the history of the SOLSC (just scroll down once you arrive at the Challenges Page).

  • Take a look at the fabulous prizes that have been donated. Please click on any of the images to go directly to the website for the blog, book, or publisher that’s being mentioned:

A copy of Tastes Like Chocolate: Thoughts from Young People, which is a collection of children's poetry by Randi Allison.
Candlewick Press will let one of the winners choose two books from their list of titles.
Cinco Puntos Press is celebrating their 25th anniversary (1985-2010) this year and is donating a gift certificate for two books of the winner's choosing.
HarperCollins Children's Books will send one winner two of their books.
Motherhood Muse, a NEW digital quarterly literary magazine, features creative essays, short stories, poetry, artwork, columns and more on motherhood, children, and nature. They're giving away five 2010 subscriptions to five different SOLSC winners.
Juliann Phillips will work with one of the winners to design a writer's notebook cover.
Random House will donate Carl Hiassen's trio of books (Flush, Hoot, and Scat) to one winner.
Responsive Classroom is providing a gift certificate for one NEFC-published book.
Simon & Schuster, Inc. will provide one winner with three books by D. James Smith, Kekla Magoon, & Andrew Clements.
Bernadette Simpson is donating a copy of An ABC Escapade Through Egypt.
Ellyn Spragins is donating a copy of her new book, What I Know Now About Success.

Stenhouse Publishers will send one winner a gift certificate for a professional book.

Finally, Chronicle Books is providing ALL Slice of Life Story Challenge Participants with a 30% off discount & free shipping for any purchases made on their website during the month of March.  The promo code is TWOWRITINGTEACHERS (all caps, no spaces). Click here to go to their website.

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

58 thoughts on “Day 1 of 31: The Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge Begins Today! Leave a comment

  1. Ahh…March in the Northeast. I swear it is a trick by Mother Nature. However, I’ll remain hopeful and do the countdown with my students to the first day of Spring. At least Spring according to the calendar…


  2. My first slice… I updated my class calendar, noticed the air seemed a bit warmer this evening and it was also light out well beyond 6:00. March, the month that features the first day of spring! Well, the calendar will declare the start of the new season. New Yorkers know that “Mother Nature” does not always cooperate, stalling like a stubborn toddler refusing to share his or her toys.

    Even so, we are in the homestretch, the final laps of winter. A straggling snowstorm that arrives like a pimple on prom night will surely not last for long. Today I noticed that the snowbanks are shrinking and slipping back from the driveway and roadways. My neighbor’s snowman is now headless after several days of looking more like the Leaning Tower of Pisa than Frosty.

    The days of March will certainly be blustery and roar like a lion at times, but in the meantime, I will slice towards spring!


  3. Hey everyone!

    After you link your Slice of Life Story here please be sure to check other people’s links and leave comments for them about their writing. As you know, it feels good to get feedback on your writing!


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