I’m very excited to be presenting a Spark Your Imagination writing workshop for writers aged 8+ at Dromkeen, Riddells Creek, Victoria on 24th September.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Fall Writing Competition.
There was a particularly high standard of entries in this competition and this made judging very difficult.
Once again I have made the decision to publish more than ten entries because there were so many great stories.
If your story wasn’t selected, please don’t be disheartened. It doesn’t mean your story wasn’t great, it’s just that I couldn’t include everybody’s work in the anthology.
When selecting the winners, I tried to include a variety of different kinds of stories from boys and girls across different age groups.
Everyone who entered this competition should be proud of their story.
Taking the time to write a story and enter it in a competition like this is a fantastic achievement.
EVERYONE who entered the competition will receive a certificate.
Unfortunately due to the large number of entries, I’m unable to give individual feedback on your stories, but here are some general tips:
1. It’s important to stick to the word limit in a competition. If you’re writing a story for fun you can make it as long as you like but when you’re writing for a competition, you must stick to the word limit.
I won’t do this, but in some competitions your work will be disqualified if you don’t meet this criteria.
And in fairness to other entrants, I can’t award your story first place if it doesn’t comply with the guidelines.
2. Try to keep your tenses consistent. Decide whether your story has already happened (past tense), is happening right now (present tense) or will happen in the future (future tense).
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT TENSES
|had been||are||will be|
|did||am||will have been|
3. If a story is quite short try to only have one character telling the story. If you swap from one character to another in a short story, it can get quite confusing for the reader.
4. Read your story out loud before you send it. This will help you pick up any typing mistakes or where you have accidentally left a word out or repeated it.
Congratulations to the following writers whose stories have been selected for the Fall Anthology.
|The Timber Lane Gang Go Camping||by Katrina Bau – aged 7|
|A Lesson in the Bus||by DeriAnne Mak – aged 7|
|An Unexpected Trip||by Josephine Sim – aged 7|
|Fallen into a Deep Hole||By Reshan Gill – aged 8|
|Whoops!||by Audrey Kennedy – aged 8|
|A Gruesome Fall||by Joyce Sim – aged 9|
|Matthew’s Intriguing Fall||by Andrew Del Borrello – aged 10|
|Fall||by Anna Hall - aged 10|
|Race||by Kevin Yu – aged 10|
|Fall||by Molly Bell – aged 11|
|It’s Fall||by Lara Borges – aged 11|
|The Skywalker||by Alexandra de Graaff – aged 11|
|Fall||by Maxyn Dorz – aged 11|
|Fall||by Adelina Huang – aged 11|
|Intertwined||by Mackenzie Stone – aged 11|
|The Secret of Fall||by Jasmine Sulsh – aged 11|
|The Withered Oak Tree||by Ashley Ting – aged 11|
|Random Kylie||by Audrey Del Borrello – aged 12|
|Shadow in Darkness||by Piper Lane – aged 12|
|The Beauty of Autumn||by Uzzielle K.T. Santos – aged 12|
|Don’t Look Down||by Lalita Weir-Smith – aged 12|
|Fear of Falling||by Izzah Khan – aged 13|
|Graveyard of the Leaves||by Maryann Xue – aged 14|
|Leaves Falling||by Elsie YeaLim Jang – aged 14|
|Till The Day We Fall||by Sanya Chawla – aged 16|
|Never Trust a Travel Brochure||by Gillian Goh – aged 16|
|My Nightmare||by Julie McNamee – aged 16|
PUBLICATION OF THE ANTHOLOGY
Subject to receiving all the editorial changes and illustrations in time, I will be aiming to edit and publish the anthology in early September.
It will then be available to download free from this blog.
Thanks again for sharing your wonderful stories and entering this competition.
Everyone who entered this competition will receive a certificate. These will be emailed to you within the next week.