Exactly 1 month to go to enter the Mischievous Monkey Story Competition!

February 24, 2016 at 4:34 am | Posted in Monkey story, Uncategorized, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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You’d better get cracking! There is just ONE MONTH to go to get your entry into my Mischievous Monkey Story writing competition! Click on the Clever Competitions button above for all the details!


Mwahaha! My Hair-Raising Halloween Poem Competition for Primary School Kids starts TODAY!

October 5, 2015 at 11:25 am | Posted in Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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Mwahaha! Halloween is coming fast, and all the fun of trick or treating, pumpkin lanterns, cobwebs, spiders, ghosts, witches, haunted houses, sweet treats and scary costumes for kids, and, of course, dental bills for Mum and Dad! It’s been five long years since our last Halloween writing competition – so I think it’s high time for another one! You can write any kind of poem, provided it’s about Halloween! I’ll be looking for fantastic vocabulary, original ideas, lots of detailed descriptions and that special CHILL FACTOR to make the hairs rise on the back of my neck! You’ve got just SIX WEEKS to get your entries in this time: the deadline date is Sunday 15th November 2015. Go to my Clever Competitions page above for all the rules and information!

Wow! 174 entries from 32 schools around the world! That’s a WHOPPING BIG competition!

April 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Hello everyone! I’m back home again in Hong Kong, and just starting to judge my Shaggy Sheep Poem Competition, with my dog Bobby snuggled at my feet! Today I’ve collated all the entries and GEE WHIZZIKINS it’s a biggie! 174 fabulous entries from kids in 32 different schools in Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Sydney, Taiwan and even Seattle in the USA! So have patience, my friends! It’s going to take me a little while to read them all and decide on the ten best entries in each category. It’ll be hard work, but great fun too! I just love reading all your poems, and so does my dog Bobby too! So thanks a million for sending them all in!

Tick tock, tick tock, today’s the deadline date in my Shaggy Sheep Poem competition!

April 10, 2015 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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A big hello to everyone out there who has already sent in their wonderful Shaggy Sheep Poem for my competition! Now for those who haven’t yet, you’re VERY lucky that I’m writing this blog from Paris, especially if you live in a different time zone, as I’m going to give everyone till 12 midnight Paris time to get their entries in! But after that, my friends, your time is up! So if you still haven’t sent it, you have just a few hours left – hurry hurry! And for those who have sent theirs in, join me in my next post on Rodney Ram’s Literary Tour of Paris!

HAPPY EASTER! And it’s time to get that Woolly Poem Written!

April 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A very Happy Easter to you, wherever you are! Now Easter was a time of rebirth, when Jesus was resurrected from the dead.  And it’s also a time for all things new, because, of course, it’s Spring (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere :))! The trees are blossoming, the daffodils are nodding their golden heads, and everywhere there is new life: baby birds, fluffy golden chicks, new kittens and puppies, colts and calves, and lots of lambs gambolling in the meadows…. speaking of which…

There are just FIVE days left in my Shaggy Sheep Poem Competition!  And there’s no better way to spend a beautiful Easter holiday than writing a fun poem about a ram, a sheep or a goat! So if you haven’t got your entry in now, you’d better get cracking! See my Clever Competitions page above for all the rules! The deadline date is Friday 10th April!

My Shaggy Sheep Poem Competition starts NOW!

February 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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A very Happy Year of the Ram (or Sheep or Goat) to you! It’s time for my next competition – and this time, of course, it’s all about sheep! I want you to write me a fun poem all about a single sheep, or a flock of sheep, or a ram, or a goat – in fact any woolly animal that runs around in a paddock and says “baaaa”! It can be any sort of poem – rhyming verse, or an acrostic, or a haiku, or a limerick, or even a knock knock joke! You can even write some weally woolly free verse! I’ll be looking for excellent vocabulary, great ideas, good spelling, and above all, something to make me smile! So this time it’s a fun one and I wish you lots of fun writing it! Deadline for entries is Friday 10th April, so you’d better start dreaming up your poem right away! See my Clever Competitions page above for all the details!

Congratulations to the writers of Grade 5, Discovery College!

June 25, 2014 at 11:47 am | Posted in Hong Kong Schools, Uncategorized, Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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This morning it was my great pleasure to visit Discovery College Primary Assembly to congratulate the winners in the Grade 4 to 6 Category of my Super Silk Road Story writing competition! It was terrific to meet the place winners in person in the assembly, then to speak for a few minutes to all the Grade 5s about their stories. Well done all of you! Jay Haddow, Chad Roussow and Rohan Williamson

Above – from right to left : First Place winner Rohan Williamson; Third Place winner Chad Rossouw and Fourth Place winner Jay Haddow

Maelee Baron and Adrian Wong

Above – from left to right: Maelee Baron and Adrian Wong, who both received Honourable Mentions

Giddy Up! The Handsome Horse Poem Competition starts NOW!

February 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Writing competitions for kids | Leave a comment
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It’s the Year of the Horse, so what better way to gallop off to a great start than to enter my new Clever Competition for primary school students! And of course, the topic is HORSES! I want you to write me a poem all about a horse, or horses! It can be any sort of poem, be that an acrostic or a haiku or rhyming verse or free verse, or even a limerick or knock knock joke! See my Clever Competitions page above for all the details. The ten best winners in each category will become world famous right away when they are published on my blog – since I get visits to my blog from all corners of the globe! The deadline is Friday 28th March, so you’d better giddy up and get writing!

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