The Results are Out in my Wonderful Whale Haiku Competition!

October 12, 2017 at 9:28 am | Posted in Poetry competitions for children, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Wow! What fun I’ve had judging all the entries in my Wonderful Whale Haiku Competition! There were 104 entries from 16 different schools in 6 different countries around the world! And they were, indeed, all truly wonderful! But winners there must be, and I’ve just posted the 23 best haikus on my Clever Competitions page here !

Special congratulations to Sophie Zhai of Victoria Shanghai Academy in Hong Kong for winning First Place in the Grade One to Three Category, and to Madeline Painter of Dryden Elementary School, Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA for winning First Place in the Grade Four to Six Category! They each win a FREE signed copy of my beautiful new book Storm Whale, published by Allen and Unwin and illustrated by Jane Tanner! I’ll be writing to all of your schools very soon to let them know how you all got on. A huge thank you for all your hard work, and I look forward to seeing your writing again in my next Clever Competition!

The Wonderful Whale Haiku Competition is hotting up!

August 21, 2017 at 10:45 am | Posted in children's literacy, Clever Competitions, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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A big hello to the Grade 4 boys at Churchie in Brisbane for their fabulous Whale Haikus which I’ve just received today! I’ve loved reading them and all of you are now entered in my Wonderful Whale Haiku Competition –  well done!

And for all of you who haven’t entered yet, remember you have 40 days left to get your entries in. That might seem like a long way away but remember that time flies, and it’s often the early birds who catch the worms, to mix a few metaphors just for fun! I hope to read your entry soon!

Yay! The results are out in my Really Riveting Rooster Story competition!

May 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Rooster story, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Cockadoodle doo! I’m just about roostered out!!

I’ve had enormous fun judging all the fantastic entries in my Really Riveting Rooster Tale writing competition, but I’ll be quite happy not to see another rooster for a while! Rickshaw Rooster had better watch out – I might just put him in a cooking pot!!

Once again, the competition was truly international, with entries coming from 6 major cities around the world: Calcutta, Chicago, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney!

Special congratulations to Daniel Song, of Grade 3, Shanghai United International School, Hongqiao Campus, Shanghai, who came first in the Grades 1 to 3 Category, and Arjya Kanjilal, of Grade 6, Delhi Public School, Newtown, Calcutta, India, who placed first in the Grades 4 to 6 Category! Daniel and Arjya each win a free signed copy of one of my books!

Go to my Clever Competitions page (see link above) right away to read their winning stories, and the fantastic entries of the other 9 finalists, as well as two fabulous Special Mentions and a special treat from high school writers Hillary Lo and Winter Lau from Shatin College in Hong Kong!  

The deadlines have passed…and the judging begins!

May 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Hong Kong Minibus, Photo competitions, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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The deadlines in my Really Riveting Rooster Tale story writing competition AND our March Minibus Madness Photo Competition have passed – and now comes the really difficult part!! A big THANK YOU to all the fab writers from all around the world…and the brilliant Hong Kong photographers…who entered! It’s going to be tough but fun, choosing the winners! So hang in there – I’ll be posting the results soon!

Hurry, hurry! Just 13 days left in my Really Riveting Rooster Tale competition!

April 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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If you haven’t yet entered your story for my Really Riveting Rooster Tale Competition yet, you’d better get your racing shoes on!! There are just 13 days left before the deadline at midnight on 30 April! This one’s such a fun one – click on my Clever Competitions button above for all the details! I look forward to reading your entry – cockadoodle-dooooo!

The race is ON! Just 3 weeks to go to get your entries into my Really Riveting Rooster Tale Story Competition!

April 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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The clock is ticking, it’s Easter holidays and the weather’s variable. It’s just that sort of time when the best fun of all comes from – you guessed it! – your very own imagination! So what a perfect time to get out those pens and write me a Really Riveting Rooster Tale! There are just 3 weeks to go till the deadline on 30 April, and I can’t wait to read all your entries! So go to my Clever Competitions page here: https://sarahbrennanblog.com/competitions-and-challenges for all the information you need – and, like Sir Humphrey Hyphen-Smythe from The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster, REV UP THOSE ENGINES…AND GET WRITING!

A Cockadoodle Doo Reminder for TWO competitions…and some good news!

March 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Online Sales, Photo competitions, Rooster story, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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REMINDER NUMBER ONE: MARCH MINIBUS MADNESS PHOTO COMPETITION!

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March is about to end…and there’s a big deadline looming! If you want to be in the running to win a COMPLETE SET of my Chinese Calendar Tales (including The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster) for YOU and ANOTHER COMPLETE SET for your SCHOOL, then click here https://www.chinesecalendartales.com/en/shop/ right away to register in our March Minibus Madness Photo Competition! Registration closes on 31st March – and remember:If you’re not in it, you can’t win it :)!

REMINDER NUMBER TWO: CLEVER COMPETITION NO. 30: A REALLY RIVETING ROOSTER TALE!

If you’re a primary school student, anywhere in the world, you still have FOUR weeks to enter my latest international writing competition for kids! Click on my Clever Competitions page here https://sarahbrennanblog.com/competitions-and-challenges for all the details! I can’t wait to read your entry!

AND SOME GOOD NEWS!

We’ve had a few problems lately with our online sales website at https://www.chinesecalendartales.com/en/shop/ and some of you have been unable to make your orders. But the great news is that everything is fixed and we’re up and running full speed ahead! So if you haven’t yet updated your Chinese Calendar Tales set yet, or purchased your copy of The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster, or horrified your mums and dad with my two funny and fabulous Dirty Stories, then you can go right away to https://www.chinesecalendartales.com/en/shop/ to make your purchase!!

Cock-a-doodle-doooooo!

Cockadoodle Doo! It’s time for a Really Riveting Rooster Tale writing competition!

February 27, 2017 at 2:28 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Clever Competitions, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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rooster-posterlIt’s a brand new Year of the Rooster, and all the roosters in the world are crowing the news! So what better time to announce a brand new international Clever Competition, based on that very noisy bird!

If you’re a kid of primary school age, in school or home-educated, anywhere in the world, you are eligible to enter…for free!

This time, I need you to write me a story about a Rooster – but you also need to add in: a Chinese setting, an inquisitive bulbul (look it up if you don’t know your birds!), a ball of string, the colour coquelicot (again, you’ll need to research what that looks like!) and a fire of some sort!

The deadline for your story is Sunday 30 April and your time starts NOW! So get ready, get set, GOOOOOOOO! (as the pig says to Rickshaw Rooster in my latest Chinese Calendar Tale :)!)

See the Clever Competitions button above for more information, guidelines and competition rules!

I’m back…

January 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Clever Competitions, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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A big warm hello to all my lovely readers, with an explanation and an apology… I’ve been away from my desk for all of December, and some of November and January too, tending to my 90 year old Dad in Australia who’s been ill in hospital and my 86 year old Mum who needed help. It’s one of those times when family has to come first, but as a result I’ve let down some of you, and owe you an apology.

I especially want to say sorry to the fabulous kids who entered my Horribly Hilarious Halloween Competition, which I still haven’t been able to judge yet :(. I’m now coming up to the busiest time of my year, with Chinese New Year around the corner and a fabulous new book to promote (The Tale of Rickshaw Rooster – see Harry Harrison’s wonderful illustrations below and above) so I’m going to be extremely busy over the next few weeks and months, but promise you that I’ll be judging that competition as quickly as I can. Not just so that I can post the results, but also so that I can set a brand new writing competition for a brand new Year :)! So please accept my apologies, and be as patient as you can, and I’ll have those results out soon!

In the meantime, a Happy 2017 to all of you – I hope this year is your best yet!

About the competition results…

December 2, 2016 at 3:23 pm | Posted in children's literacy, Clever Competitions, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Thank you all so much for your patience in waiting for the results of the Horribly Hilarious Halloween Competition. There are over 50 fabulous entries, but I haven’t yet been able to finish the judging yet due to a family emergency with my beloved Dad in Brisbane, who now has to go into hospital for urgent surgery. I have to fly out to Brisbane tomorrow to be with him and my mum for the next 3 weeks, so all my spare moments this last week have been taken up with getting ready for the trip and re-organising all my work here in Hong Kong. But I promise I’ll finish the judging as soon as I possibly can, and hopefully before schools break up for Christmas!

Thank you all so much for your patience and understanding :). I’ll get back to you as soon as possible, I promise.

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