Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Time Riders Author To Judge New Competition


‘What if…’: a short story competition with no boundaries!
 
Friday’s Footprint is proud to be working with the Schools’ Library Service and YA science fiction author Alex Scarrow to bring you a short story competition based around science fiction.
 
Alex recently visited the island through the Schools’ Library Service and inspired local pupils with his challenge to ask the question ‘what if…’ to inspire their own stories. Now, in a competition to follow up the visit, Alex will judge the best entries from participating schools for prizes including signed copies of his novels.
 
To enter, pupils need to submit a 50-word pitch of their ‘What if’ story concept, together with a 250-word excerpt from it. The excerpts don’t need to complete the story but they definitely do need to hook the reader in and sell its concept!
 
Here is the beginning of an example for each part of your entry:
 
PITCH: What if… aliens were living among us and were only detectable by a series of tests on their eyes…
(up to 50 words)
 
EXCERPT: Daniel stared into the red blinking light ahead of him. He knew that he wasn’t an alien so there was nothing to worry about…
(up to 250 words)
 
The competition will be judged in two categories:
 
Year 7/8: Elizabeth College, The Grammar School, La Mare de Carteret High
Year 9/10: Blanchelande, Ladies College, St Sampson’s High
 
There will be three winners in each category as judged by Alex Scarrow. Each participating school in each category will have a winner. If a school fails to enter, the winner will be transferred to one of the other participating schools.
 
The deadline for the submission of entries is Friday 28th November. Make sure that your entry is with the teacher at your school well ahead of the deadline in electronic form (email or Word document attachment).

All work must be completely the work of the pupil entering. Friday's Footprint reserves the right to publish stories as well as to pass them to the Guernsey Press if solicited. The authors will retain copyright to their stories afterwards.
 
So get imagining and get writing – this is your chance to boldly go where no writer has been before! Good luck!