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CATE 2014-2015 Creative Writing Contest for Students:
Uncommon Connections

California Association of Teachers of English presents the CATE 2014-2015 Creative Writing Contest:
Uncommon Connections

Download the Creative Writing Contest for Students flyer for all the details on award categories, rules for the writer, and rules for the teacher submitting the entry.

Write about a time when you made a connection. How was this connection unusual, special, or revealing? How did this connection impact your life? You can write about yourself, someone you know, or a character you create in a poem, essay, or piece of fiction.

Deadline for entries: November 1, 2014

Award Categories: Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12, College

Entries must be judged in the local council where the teacher's school is located before they are eligible for statewide consideration.

Local contacts for submission and contest rules are listed on the contest flyer.

CATE Professional Creative Writing Contest for Teachers
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2014 PWC Winners Announced

First Place: Brandy Price, Ingenium Charter School Principal

"Feeling Home: Our Minds, a Palace"

Second Place: Mary Adler, CSU Channel Islands

"Reader, Teacher, Text, Poem: Paying It Forward"

Read the winning entries from this and previous years on the Professional Writing Contest page.

Download the 2015 Professional Writing Contest flyer

2015 Prompt:

Write about a time about when you made an uncommon connection that resonated with your students, that impacted your life, or that sparked a revelation or understanding about the real world, college or career.

First Place: Basic Friday-Sunday CATE Convention Registration (valued as $180 for a CATE member/$220 otherwise), plus publication in California English and on CateWeb.org.

Second Place: one CATE membership, plus publication in California English and on CateWeb.org.

Directions for submitting the entry:

  • Include writer's name, address, phone number, school and district.
  • Articles limited to 1500 words.
  • The deadline for submission is August 31, 2015.
  • Click on the Contests tab to read previous winners’ essays at cateweb.org.
  • Email manuscripts formatted in Microsoft Word to Olga Kokino at and mail hardcopy to:

Olga Kokino
CATE PWC Coordinator
3652 Brayton Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807

First Place: one CATE annual convention registration, plus publication in California English and on CATEweb.org

Second Place: one CATE membership, plus publication on Cateweb.org

Download and print the 2015 Professional Writing Contest flyer

SAVE THE DATES for CATE 2015 San José
February 20-22, 2015

CATE 2015 Convention, Uncommon Connections

Go to the 2015 Convention home page for details including hotel information.

Our annual convention, CATE 2015, Uncommon Connections, in San José at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Featured keynote speakers to be announced soon.

Online registration will be available soon.

Call for Presenters

Submit a proposal to present a session at CATE 2015.

Theme: Uncommon Connections

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014

  • All proposals must be submitted electronically using the Call for Proposals form.
  • If your proposal is accepted, CATE will provide a screen, if requested by October 1st. Presenters are encouraged to bring their own LCD projectors and laptops for audiovisual displays.
  • All presenters must register for the CATE convention and pay regular convention registration fees by December 1.


CATE Membership

The CATE Board of Directors, at its meeting on May 4, 2014, approved presenting to the CATE Annual Meeting, to be held on February 22, 2015, a proposal to increase membership fees.

General membership fees have not increased for 15 years. Of the $40 collected for a 1 year membership, $16 of the fee goes to local CATE councils, and $24 goes to CATE.

Of the $24 that goes to CATE, $23 is used to provide 4 issues of California English to the member. That only leaves $1 for expenses such as sending flyers and newsletters, processing memberships, and maintaining and updating the membership database. For reduced fee memberships of 2 or 3 years, CATE actually loses money in providing services to the member.

Membership Type Proposed Current
1 year $50 $40
2 years $90 $75
3 years $135 $110
Retired $40 $30
Lifetime $300 $250
Student teacher $25 $20

If you have any questions about the proposed changes, please contact me at CATEweb.org/membership.

Joan Williams
CATE Membership Chair

ELA +1: Symposium on Reading and Writing for College Readiness, Stockton, CA

Previously scheduled for November 8, 2014, at the CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center Auditorium

This event has been postponed.

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CATE (California Association of Teachers of English) is a non-profit organization promoting communication, collaboration, and educational knowledge among all responsible for teaching English and the language arts. All California English teachers are encouraged to join.

Welcome to CATEweb, the official website of the California Association of Teachers of English. It is our hope that this website can serve as a resource for English teachers throughout the state who are looking for more information about our organization, searching for good teaching ideas, hunting for analysis of a particular educational bill or policy, or just hoping to find friends and colleagues who share similar interests.

Please e-mail us with any suggestions you have to make this site more useful to the K-college English teacher. The CATE Board of Directors, composed of 35 people throughout the state, welcomes your questions and advice. Please use this directory to reach us.

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