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New FREE Writing Competition for Kids

NEW FREE WRITING COMPETITION FOR KIDS – CLOSES 31 JULY 2015

*** Winners to be announced mid August. ***

The theme for this competition is ‘Fall’.

A NOTE TO TEACHERS

I run these competitions for the enjoyment of kids who love to write.

Due to the hundreds of entries I receive, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t use this competition as a translation activity, or as homework for students who are likely to feel pressured or stressed by being forced to enter stories.

Thank you for your understanding :)

WRITING COMPETITION tuti LOGOCOMPETITION GUIDELINES

1.  Stories MUST NOT be longer than 500 words.

2.  Due to the number of entries we receive, unfortunately, we can only allow only ONE entry per person.

3.  Stories must be emailed to Dee*at*deescribe*dot*com*dot*au by 31 July, 2015.

4.  In the Subject line of your email, please include the name of the competition, your name, your story name and your age.

5.  This competition is for KIDS only. It is not open to adults.

6.  Entries must be stories. Poems and plays are not acceptable for this competition.

7.  Entries must be in English.

8. Writers must be under 18 years of age.

9.  Stories MUST be copied and pasted into the body of the email. They MUST NOT be sent as an attachment. Your entry should look like this:

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We suggest your read the Frequently Asked Questions here:

THE PRIZE

The top selected entries will be published in an e-book anthology.

To view the e-book and winning entries from a previous competition click here.

All competition participants will receive a certificate.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY AS PER THE GUIDELINES ABOVE

Happy writing and good luck:)

Dee

 

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Story Structure Tips for Young Writers

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I often get questions from writers who have a great idea for a story, but they’re not sure how to put all these ideas together.

Tuti in bed facing leftEvery story needs a beginning, a middle and an end.

But just as important are the characters you write about.

Your story will start at the point where something changes for your character – for some reason their life will no longer be the same. For example, in my novel Letters to Leonardo, my main character Matt gets a letter from the mother he thought was dead.

The next thing you need to think about is a problem for your character. If your character doesn’t have something they are trying to fix or resolve, you won’t have conflict.

So your character has a problem they are trying to fix. The next thing you need is someone or something to get in their way to stop them from fixing it. This is where more conflict will be added to your story.

TUTI WITH THROWAWAY NOTESFinally you’ll have a big scene or final conflict. This will be bigger than any conflict that has happened before. This is where your character tries to overcome their story problem once and for all. They will either succeed or fail, but somehow the story will be resolved.

So your story needs:
1. A character with a problem
2. A plan to solve that problem
3. Someone or something that gets in the way and stops them from solving it.
4. A way for your character to overcome this.
5. A final outcome.

What Happens NextMy “What Happens Next” course provides more detailed information about how to structure your stories.

If you have questions about story structure, please feel free to ask them in the comments section of this post.

Happy writing:)

Dee

P.S. watch for the next writing competition opening soon

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