Summer Writing Competition
I Love Our World
Summer Story Writing
Imagine a setting, near or far. Create characters, human or animal. Describe problems and difficulties they face. Think of ways their problems are solved.
Summer Writing Competition 2019!
Your school could win £100 in book tokens to celebrate if one of your students is the overall winner!
Last year was a great success and we had some wonderful writing from local children. We are keen to repeat this and have invited local author, Justin Strain, to judge this year’s competition for the second year running. His first book, ‘The Secret of the Scarlet Ribbon’, was shortlisted for the, 2018 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Award. He is currently writing the sequel among other novels!
The theme is, ‘I Love Our World’, issues that hi-light caring for the natural world and the problems involved with living in a polluted environment .
Here are the criteria, for Justin to use, to judge the entries;The stories will be judged upon;
1) How children use powerful descriptive language to create their settings and bring their characters to life.
2) How they use narrative structure to develop the plot (including a clear opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending.
3) How their story explores the key theme of caring for our environment – How we can explore ways to love our world.
We have three age categories
- Ages 6 to 7
- Ages 8 to 9
- Ages 10 to 12
Competition Deadline: Entries must be submitted by 7th September.
Entries To: Linda Jones, I Love to Learn Professional Tuition, 3 Beacon House, Cumberland Business Centre, Southsea, PO5 1DS.
Winners Announced: Monday 23rd September
Prize Giving: Saturday 28th September at our ‘I Love to Learn Professional Tuition Centre’ in Portsmouth, with Justin Strain.
To help children get started and to encourage them to ‘have a go’ here are some top tips;
- Try and imagine a scene as your character would experience it. Showing the reader what the character; sees, hears, tastes, smells, feels. This can be really powerful.
- Think about how your characters move, speak, and react and write choosing words carefully to explain this.
- Use similes to give readers more information that help you describe your images more fully.
- Break up you story into paragraphs to show a change of place or time. Planning your story will really help.
Lastly, don’t worry too much about spelling as you can edit your writing later on. Enjoy writing and have fun creating your own story!
We are so excited about this opportunity to celebrate creative writing and hope our enthusiasm will inspire local children to write this summer.
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