August 22, 2021
Shortlists are up for the Newsletter Writing Competition and a new Dress Up Competition for Book Month!
The entries are in and the shortlists have been decided!
First of all I want to congratulate everyone who wrote a story for the competition. As you know we had three categories K-2, Year 3-6 and Year 7 and up. There was an impressive number of entries in each section but the Year 3-6 group really outdid themselves with over 80! There were 10 entries from K-2 and twenty in the Year 7 and up group. To have received over 100 entries altogether was fantastic and terribly difficult to assess!
I was impressed with the diversity and creativity of your ideas. There was also a lot of good structure, grammar and spelling – so it shows that you took your time with editing as well as writing the drafts. It was pleasing to see that most of you stuck to the guidelines as well including the required sentence or concept and adhering to the word limit.
There are three shortlisted stories in the K-2 section, 10 in the Year 3-6 and 5 in the Year 7 and up.
Names are listed in alphabetical order. There will be one winner in each category to be announced in the September-October newsletter.
If you didn’t make the shortlists, please don’t be discouraged. The fact that you took the time to work on a story is fantastic and believe me, I’ve had plenty of disappointments in my time as a writer too. The most important thing is to never give up. You become good at something by practicing often – so keep on writing and creating. You never know what might happen in the future.
Congratulations to the following shortlisted writers. I will be taking my time over the next week or so to select the winners!
Zoe Mitchell Crow
Year 3-6 Section
Year 7 and Up Section
Book Month Dress Up Competition!
If you’re planning to dress up as a character from any of my books for Book Week this year, make sure that you take a photo and enter yourself in this year’s dress up competition. There will be great prizes – a signed book of your choice from my collection and other bits and pieces you can’t buy in the shops. All you need to do to enter is send your photo to me on firstname.lastname@example.org or tag yourself on my Facebook Fan page or my Instagram page Here’s a selection of awesome costumes we’ve had previously. Hope they give you some inspiration!
And because he can’t help himself!
Hello from Bally Puss
Did you know that we are now in Level 4 lockdown here in New Zealand because there’s been some of that pesky Covid 19 in Auckland and Wellington? That means nothing is open apart from supermarkets, chemists and service stations. It doesn’t change my life one bit. Mum can still get my food and I’m enjoying my days sleeping, eating and playing – yes you heard it here first. I’ve become playful in my old age. Mum tied a little ratty to a string – he has a bell on his tail and I like to chase him and chew him. It’s very quiet where we live – although I’ve noticed that all the dogs around here are getting some pretty busy workouts – sometimes three or four times a day. I love watching them from my windows – poor things out there in the cold while I’m toasty and warm in front of the fire. Stay well friends and talk to you again soon in the newsletter.
Lots of love, Bally Puss xx
Best wishes, Jacqueline xx