Writing Competition

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SONY Young Movellist of the Year

For writers aged between 13 – 19th years

“Are you the next J.K. Rowling, Michael Morpurgo or Malorie Blackman? Is there half a novel hidden in your desk or in a computer folder that could be the next Hunger Games? Or maybe you have an idea and just needed that little bit of inspiration to get writing…” from the website.http://www.movellas.com/competition/show/201302121559428767/young-movellist-of-the-year

 The Reading Agency is offering support for writers.

You could be the Sony Young Movellist of the Year!

This is a UK based competition with one international award.

The prizes:

1) The overall winner will be offered the opportunity to sign a publishing contract with Random House, including a £2,000 advance! They will also receive a Sony Reader.

2) The two runners-up will receive  Malorie Blackman’s entire teen backlist, published by Random House, and a Sony Reader.

3) The overall winner and the two runners-up will be invited to afternoon tea with Malorie Blackman, and will be able to bring a parent, guardian or friend each.

4) An international winner (selected by the Movellas team) will receive Malorie Blackman’s entire teen backlist, published by Random House, and a Sony Reader. Two runners-up will also receive Malorie’s backlist.

5) One winner (selected by the Reading Agency and Movellas community) who ONLY submitted the first three chapters of a novel (i.e. did not follow up with a full length novel – but why would you do that!?) will receive a mentoring session with a professional writer.

Here are the full terms and conditions 

For Word Nerds

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If you want to know what sic means or want to impress with some foreign phrases Daily Writing Tips is for you. This site is plump with resources for the inner wordsmith, reader and writer. Topics include :

  • writing basics
  • freelance writing
  • misused words
  • 100 small but expressive interjections  – blah blah blah
  • creative writing
  • 25 pieces of writing software you should know about
  • Latin words and expressions
  • writing competitions
  • the daily word
  • much, much more…….

Art, Audio and Writing from the Junior School 2

Story, pastel artwork and audio by Lily

Lily Reads Her Story

One morning Dad and I were sitting at the breakfast table eating toast and then suddenly out of the blue I asked Dad why do jellyfish sting people? Well Charlotte sit down on the couch and I’ll tell you.

Way back and I mean way back, there was a man named Bob and Bob was a very funny man.

But one day Bob went out to seas going jelly fishing. The day that Bob was meant to come back he didn’t and so all of his family just thought that Bob was just a day late. 

The next day at 2.10 his family started to worry and then most of them said

“We’re going to look for him”. About 10 minutes later the men got in their little rowboats and began to row towards where Bob was meant to be. Their location was The Great Barrier Reef. Once they got close they could see big grey clouds!

After 1 minutes worth of looking they found Bob’s boat and so they went to look in it. When they got to the boat they found Bob lying there with a jellyfish stuck to his arm. The men quickly pulled him into one of their boats and headed back.

Once they got back they pulled the jellyfish off and hoped for the best. A few days later Bob’s brother had found that the sting came from their tentacles. When Bob’s brother Fred was over he said I have great news.

The jellyfish survive.

“WHAT! WHAT!” I said. Jellyfish sting people for them to survive and so that’s why the jellyfish stung you. But how do you know that? It’s a very long story. 

Bob never got better, but at least he was found.  

Art, Audio and Writing from the Junior School

Story, pastel artwork and audio by Nicole

Nicole : reads her story

‘…the black creatures were under the boat.’

James and His dad were out fishing at Pirates cove when James suddenly asked his dad the strangest question, “Hey Dad, why do Killer Whales have white spots?”  “Well,” said James’s dad, “it starts off right here in Cape town at Pirates Cove.  A long, long time ago all the pirates would have a yearly meeting in one of the caves near Table Mountain. They would sail their ships down the coast line and into the bay.”

“Then late one stormy summer’s night the waves were high and the wind was strong. The ships were coming into dock and there were black figures darting under the pirate ships.” “Were they the Killer Whales,” asked James who was suddenly filled with excitement. “Yes, they were.”

“So, where were we up to? Oh yes, now I remember, I was up to the part where the boats were coming in and the black creatures were going under the boat.  They circled the ships playfully as they went on their way.”

At the lighthouse the oldest of all the pirates that lived around Cape Town was having a bit of trouble because the candle wouldn’t light with all the wetness.  He tried and tried but try as he could it would not light.

The waves were getting bigger……………….” “Daaad! Get on with the point now.” “Listen James I am just telling the story as it was. So back to the story then. The waves were getting bigger and the Pirates were getting agitated. Why wasn’t the light working? Should they continue or should they anchor till dawn?”

“Then……James! Are you even listening?” “Yes Dad.” “Okay then back to the story. A giant wave came and took the biggest ship crashing into the rocks. Now, I know you are thinking to yourself ‘What has that got to do with everything’ but you see James this boat had nearly a ton of Condensed milk on it.”

 “The Condensed milk fell overboard and into the ocean. It spilt all over those slimy black creatures and it never came off. And that is how the Orca got its white spots James!”

That James, is how the Orca got his white spots.

Write a Book in a Day : Eden’s Curse shortlisted.

Congratulations Everyone!

Eden’s Curse Shortlisted : Look out for Nov. 1st when winners will be announced.

WA’s  Jo-ann Whalley judged the VIC, Qld, SA, TAS, NT Best Book shortlist Upper School Category

Winning ARTISTS will also be announced on November 1st.

What a great effort for all the teams, and Mr. Grubert.

If you want to read Eden’ s Curse here it is  on the Team 4 link, while you’re there take a look at the other books

City of Rockingham 2012 Short Fiction Awards

City of Rockingham Writing Awards Opportunity 2012

Event Date 12 Oct 12

Event Location Rockingham

 2012 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards.

This is a national competition and the voucher prizes are transferrable.

Event Details link

Over $2000 in prizes on offer in three categories – an outstanding short story opportunity for writers of all ages.
 
Entry is free, and all entered stories must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork upon the entry form – Spring Breakers: Trigg, by Julie Silvester (2004, from the City of Rockingham Art Collection).
 

Prizes :

Open Awards
1st prize $400
2nd prize $200
3rd prize $100
Two commendations of $50
Over 50s
1st prize $400
2nd prize $200
3rd prize $100
Two commendations of $50
Young Writers Awards
1st prize $250
2nd prize $100
3rd prize $50
Rockingham Shopping Centre vouchers

This is a wonderful opportunity for budding young writers! Entries close 12th October, so plenty of time.