Congratulations to everyone who entered the CHILD Magazines competition to win your name in the next Alice-Miranda book. It was such a difficult job first of all creating a shortlist from the hundreds of entries and then selecting the winner and three runners-up.
I know from the mail I’ve received that this competition meant a lot to so many of you but there can ultimately only be one winner. Unfortunately, the announcement of the winner in Melbourne’s CHILD and Brisbane’s CHILD magazines was a little premature as the announced winning entry did not meet the competition entry conditions. We had to do some re-judging which is why the announcement has been slightly delayed.
There were so many fabulous stories and if you love to write, please keep entering competitions as it’s a great way to focus your work and continue to improve. When I was teaching we used to talk to the students about building up their disappointment muscles – I know as a writer, it took me a long time to break through and I had lots of rejections before I was published, so my disappointment muscles were pretty big! Building up your resilience is an important part of life and I want you all to know that I am so proud of everyone who entered and gave the competition their best shot. Anyway, that’s enough of a pep talk from me – I just wish everyone could win but we know that’s not real life.
I loved the various settings for your entries – from the icy Antarctic to Egyptian tombs, European cities, the tropics and many more. I also loved the action and the suspense – wondering what would happen next. It’s definitely not an easy thing to build tension in a short piece.
So, without any further ado, the three runners-up who will each receive a signed copy of Alice-Miranda Holds the Key are:
- Mason Fourie age 11 from Halton NSW for his story Alice-Miranda and the Bushrangers
- Alyssa Reid age 11 from Box Hill North Victoria for her story Alice-Miranda in Egypt
- Tarnie Erkkila age 11 from North Tamborine Queensland for her story set in Papua New Guinea
And the winner is…
Sophie Roussos aged 9 from Neutral Bay NSW for her story, Alice-Miranda Hawaiian Mystery
I had the pleasure of speaking to Sophie to let her know in person that she had won and asked her what prompted the story. She hasn’t ever travelled to Hawaii but had heard that there was a very famous pink hotel on the beachfront in Waikiki. Her favourite colour is pink and the idea of a pink hotel piqued her imagination. Her parents had been there some time ago and so she asked them about the hotel and started to do some research about what you might do if you visited Hawaii. Surfing was high on the list but she also talked to me about learning to hula dance, shopping and walking to the top of the Diamond Head crater – which she couldn’t fit into this story but they’re all great ideas. Sophie was extremely excited to be the winner and her name will appear in Alice-Miranda in Hollywood which will be released 1 September 2017. I hope that you will all join me in congratulating Sophie and our runners-up, Mason, Alyssa and Tarnie.
Best wishes (and keep on writing!),
Alice-Miranda Hawaiian Mystery
By Sophie Roussos
Alice-Miranda and Jacinta had arrived at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Hawaii only a day ago. The girls were in their hotel room writing postcards when ‘aaaaaaahhhhh’, an ear-piercing scream echoed throughout the building.
‘What was that?’ Alice-Miranda looked up at Jacinta, puzzled.
‘A very high-pitched scream,’ replied Jacinta, stating the obvious.
‘Let’s go to the lobby and find out what’s going on,’ Alice-Miranda directed.
The two girls crept quickly but quietly downstairs.
‘Aloha! How are you today?’ asked a softly-spoken lady with beautiful long black hair from behind the Reception Desk.
‘Very well, thank you,” Alice-Miranda answered, perplexed by how calm the lady was.
‘Did you hear that scream?’ Jacinta asked abruptly.
‘A scream? No, I didn’t hear a scream… but let me know if you need anything,’ the lady replied, walking away.
Alice-Miranda and Jacinta made their way back to their room.
‘That was odd,’ Alice-Miranda remarked.
‘Very odd!’ Jacinta exclaimed.
‘Perhaps the scream came from a show on T.V. A hotel guest may have had the volume set on high and…’ Alice-Miranda stopped mid-sentence, unconvinced.
‘Hey, let’s not worry. We have a surfing lesson in 30 minutes and we need to put on our swimmers,’ Jacinta ordered excitedly.