COMPETITION NO. 30: A REALLY RIVETING ROOSTER TALE!
It’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 Clever Competition, based on that very noisy bird! This time, I need you to write me a story about a Rooster – but as always, I want you to add in some additional tasty ingredients! Here are the guidelines:
- THE STORY (these are the things you must include to achieve the highest marks possible when I judge your story)
- You need to write a story of no more than 1000 words!
- The main character has to be a Rooster!
- Your Rooster has to display the characteristics of people born in the Year of the Rooster! Here’s a quick summary: roosters are talkative, noisy and active, and love being in the spotlight. They’re also hard-working, brave and very proud of their looks and their talents! They can also be very boastful! But they are also intensely loyal, and always keep their promises, making them devoted friends.
- Your story MUST be set in China somewhere – and I would like a really detailed description of your setting, not forgetting the season and the weather! So you’ll need to do some research!
- You must also include 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!
- Please give me lots of detail about your characters – not just what they look like, but a bit about their personality, their history and why they are like they are!
- Make sure that you have a great story structure: I need a great beginning, an interesting problem or conflict or challenge, the development of that problem or conflict or challenge, a thrilling cliff-hanger or climax, a great resolution which makes sense, and a memorable ending!
- AND you must use at least 5 of my Wicked Words (see my Wicked Words button above) correctly in your story!
- Lastly, you must give your story a TITLE.
- For some great writing tips to make your story really stand out from the crowd, see my Story Writing Hints on the button above!
2. PLEASE DO NOT
- Use unusual fonts – Times New Roman is best
- Add in pictures or photos or illustrations – it’s only the writing that will be judged :);
- Add in borders, blocks, shapes or other formatting tools (which are often hard for me to erase if you are a winner and I want to publish your story on this blog);
- Plagiarize or copy someone else’s story or ideas – I am only interested in original writing from your own imagination! If anyone does plagiarize, I’m afraid it will be reported to your school and you will be disqualified from entering my future competitions;
- Use toilet humour or bad language – I don’t appreciate it and I’ll mark you down – or even disqualify you if it’s a bad case!
3. HOW TO SUBMIT
- Please note that the competition is only open to primary school aged students – in school or being home-educated;
- Please type your story out and make sure that on your story, you include your name (first name and surname), age, class at school, name of your school and campus if your school has more than one campus. Also the city and country as I receive entries from all around the world;
- Please type it on a Word document (please do NOT use Google Docs) or type or cut and paste your story into the body of your email;
- Email your story to me at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 30 April!
4. JUDGING CATEGORIES AND JUDGING
- When you send in your entry, I will acknowledge receipt with an email. If you do not receive that email within a week, please make sure to let me know at email@example.com;
- Entries will be entered into one of two Categories: Grades/Years One to Three, and Grades/Years Four to Six. Because my competition is international, and many children in international schools may be older (or sometimes younger) than the median age for those Grades/Years for different good reasons, I do not use age as the criterion, and the number of years spent in school gives a fairer result overall;
- Judging will commence on the day after the deadline date. Please be patient and check my blog from time to time to see when the results are posted. Better yet, you can subscribe to my blog (see Home Page) so that you will be automatically notified when the results are out!
- I am the only judge, and my decision will be final. No correspondence disputing results will be entered into.
5. RESULTS, NOTIFICATIONS AND PRIZES
- All schools involved will receive an email notifying the names of all of their students who entered the competition and their placings where relevant;
- The writers of the best six entries in each Category will notified by email individually, and their stories will be published on my blog on this page! This will make the writers world famous right away, as whenever I post the results, people from all over the world visit my blog to read the winning entries!
- The overall winner in each Category will also receive a FREE SIGNED copy of one of my books (they get to choose which one :)) which will be sent to his or her school for presentation in assembly.
So get ready, get set and GOOOOOOOO! (as the pig said to Rickshaw Rooster in my latest Chinese Calendar Tale!