Hi everyone, and welcome to the Wonderful Writers competition for 2018. This writing competition is run, in partnership, with Wirral Libraries and Read Now Write Now.
There are two competitions, one for those aged between 5 and 8 years of old and the other for children aged 9 to 11 years.
So, if you are aged between 5 and 11 then you can join in. Oh, you also have to live in Wirral too.
Assuming that you do let’s get on with explaining things. Firstly, this competition is open only during the summer of 2018 – between 18th July to 8th September 2018 to be exact. So, if you want to submit a story it has to be in by 8th September 2018 at the latest.
Secondly, let’s discuss the prizes.
Both winners of the first prize will win a family ticket to see this year’s Christmas Panto at the Floral Pavilion.
Winners of the second prize will win a £25.00 Waterstones.
Winner of third prize will win a £10.00 Waterstones voucher courtesy of the Morrisons.
We will also award commendation certificates to all good stories not only to their authors but also their school as well.
This year’s theme is about "Mischief Makers". This is linked to the Summer Reading Challenge which is inspired by the Beano Comic. In this competition the story is up to you. Perhaps you like to get up to all sorts of naughty pranks. Perhaps you are fed up with all sorts of troublesome teenagers and hatch a plan to give them a taste of their own medicine.
Set your story wherever you want to it be. Could it be in your home, at the local park or in School?
Just remember the story can only be up to 1000 words.
The most important thing we are looking for is for your story to be as creative and amazing as possible. We really love reading imaginative stories.
Make sure your story has a great start, middle and ending to it.
At the start introduce where you story begins, can you describe this? We want to be transported from our office and land directly in your story so tell us what we can see, hear, smell, taste and feel.
Bring in your main character, are they the goodie? Perhaps you want them to be the baddie? We don’t mind. We do want you to describe them though. We want to close our eyes and imagine what your character looks like. Do they have a name? What are they like? Are they playful, brave, scary, scared, naughty or clever?
Now we want to read about what happens to them. For example, we don’t want to read about a journey to school where not much happens. That’s boring – yawn! We want something interesting to happen. It could be fun, it could be sad, but it must be interesting, imaginative and have something to do with someone being mischievous.
Perhaps you are in a gang and one of you wants to do something crazy that is also a bit naughty. Are you up for it or do you want to stop them? Is there a good reason to do what you are doing? Are you fed up of some other children who keep on making pranks on you or your friends? Perhaps it is time you did something about them.
Lastly, we want there to be an ending. Have you learnt something, about yourself or others?
With all stories your reader will want to know how your character and, perhaps, the others, feels about things during the story. Are they sad and unhappy at the start, scared in the middle and hilariously happy at the end?
You can stick some dialogue into your story if you want. Remember to mention how your characters talk by the way. Rather than,
“I am going to pour custard all over that teacher if he gives me more homework,” said Charlie.
Have it a bit more like this,
“I am going to pour custard all over that teacher if he gives me more homework,” boasted Charlie.
When you have finished your story, we want you to read through it and make sure you are happy with it. Perhaps let someone else read it and let them tell you what they think about it. Did they like it, did they understand what was going on, could they close their eyes and imagine that they were there?
Please also check that you have spelt everything correctly and, if you can, punctuate the story as much as you can. It’s always nice to have commas’ and full stops to let your reader have a breather. Using paragraphs is also a good idea as is the use of capital letters, speech bubbles and so on.
Check too that you are using really good adjectives to describe everything and verbs to describe what your characters are doing and adverbs to show how they are doing it.
Lastly, don’t forget to give it a really catchy title.
Just before I go, remember a story should be about getting what is in your imagination down onto your computer or on paper. Take your time and make sure you have written it all. Don’t worry about not writing 1000 words too. Think quality over quantity.
Please make sure your parents, guardian or carer read our rules page before you submit your story too.
If you have any queries, then ask your parent, guardian or carer to contact me on email@example.com.
To submit a story you need your parent, guardian or carer to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure the person who submits your story has read the rules below, especially Rule 4.
Don’t forget the deadline and best of luck.