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FALL WRITING COMPETITION – WINNERS ANNOUNCED !!!

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.

WRITING TIPS

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

PAST PRESENT FUTURE
was have been will
had, have will have
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.

THE WINNERS

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.

Happy writing:)

Dee

 

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Writing Competition Closes 31 July – Results Announced Mid August

FREE WRITING COMPETITION FOR KIDS – CLOSES 31 JULY 2015

*** RESULTS 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 homework for students who are likely to feel pressured or stressed by being forced to enter stories.

Thank you for your understanding :)

COMPETITION 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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