Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Penguin Group (NZ) & Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust team up again with nationwide Short Story Awards for children.
School-children across the country are again being invited to show off their writing skills in this unique competition.
The competition, which aims to nurture young writing talent, is now open and culminates in an awards ceremony at the Storylines Auckland Family Day on 26 August 2012. Entries are accepted in three categories: Junior (School Years 4-6), Intermediate (School Years 7-8) and Senior (School Years 9-11).
“A writing competition for young writers is a splendid way of encouraging young people to realise the power of words to inspire, entertain, inform, persuade and to explore ideas. Becoming a writer goes hand in hand with becoming a reader. Budding writers feed on the words of the authors. As they see themselves in the author role they become more perceptive and critical readers. Storylines is delighted to work in partnership with Puffin/Penguin in this short story competition. It aligns closely with our aims to support
writers and illustrators for children and to celebrate reading and writing for
young people. We look forward to those who enter the competition being among
our published writers of the
Dr Libby Limbrick, Chairperson of Storylines, Head of
School of Arts, Languages and Literacies, Faculty of Education,
. University of Auckland
This year, the prize up for grabs in each category is an Apple iPad. All three winners will also take away 50 Puffin books for their school library.
A team of judges recruited by Storylines will short-list up to ten finalists per category, and the overall winner in each category will be selected by a high-profile children’s author. Dawn McMillan is back to judge the Junior category. Victoria M Azaro joins us for the first time in the Intermediate category. David Hill also joins the team this year in the Senior category.
The theme for the competition is open, allowing participants to write about subjects of their own choosing.
The competition closes at 5pm on 1 June. Entry forms and full details are available at www.puffin.co.nz or www.storylines.org.nz.