The Standard is organising the Story Writing Competition to encourage Hong Kong primary schools students to compose the most interesting story they can imagine. While developing their creativity at a young age, students will also increase their confidence in expressing themselves and also improve their English writing skills at the same time. The Competition offers awards to individuals who write the best stories in terms of writing quality and completeness. Well-written stories may also be published in Goodies and Junior Standard.

Eligibility

All local primary schools students (Grade 6 or lower students for international schools)

Individual and School awards

There are three writer awards (Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up) and seven fiction awards. The school with the highest number of entries submitted with the 'School Submission Form*' will also be awarded.

Seven Plots of Fiction

Almost all stories can be categorised under the Seven Plots of Fiction. The best story of each plot will be presented the corresponding fiction award.

1. Defeating the monster The hero has to defeat a 'monster', which can be anything evil. The hero saves his family or his world from evil, eg, Dracula, Star Wars
2. From poor to rich A poor and sad person goes through many tough challenges but wins in the end and lives happily ever after, eg, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
3. On a mission The hero travels to another place to find something important and has to face many tough challenges along the way, eg, One Piece, The Lord of the Rings
4. A journey and return home The main character, who has a boring life, goes to a strange and magical world and has an adventure. The hero returns home as a better person, eg, Jack and the Beanstalk, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
5. Comedy Stories to make you laugh. The hero wants to achieve something but many things block his way, which are funny. In the end he wins, eg, Mr Bean, Pride and Prejudice
6. Tragedy This is an unhappy story where a character tries hard to reach a goal and fails, eg, Romeo and Juliet
7. Born again The main character has done something wrong but has to change so that he or she can be happy, eg, Frozen

Supporting graphics (Optional)
Students are encouraged to submit a picture in addition to the writing story so as to further impress the readers and judges. It may be in the form of a hand drawing picture or a photo taken by a camera.

Competition schedule
Submission period 1 Nov 2015 - 30 Apr 2016
Result announcement Mid-July 2016

Awards and Prizes details:
Writer awards Champion

First Runner-Up

Second Runner-Up
Scoring criteria: creativity; originality; ability to arouse readers' interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A trophy and a certificate
Fiction awards Defeating the monster
From poor to rich
On a mission
A journey and return home
Comedy
Tragedy
Born again
In addition to the above scoring criteria, the best story of each plot will also be awarded A plaque and a certificate
School award The highest number of entries submitted with the 'School Submission Form*' A trophy

Competition Rules
Eligibility All local primary schools students (Grade 6 or lower students for international schools)
Language English only
Format Entries must be submitted either online or in paper format (A4) by post. All the other formats such as email or fax will not be accepted.
Writing Limit 300 words
Judging criteria Creativity; originality; ability to arouse readers' interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.)
Judges A panel of judges that includes teachers, authors and news editors will be invited to be the judges of the competition
Submission period 1 Nov 2015 - 30 Apr 2016


* In order to win the school award, all entries must be submitted by a representative of the school in paper format by post. A valid 'School Submission Form' must be completed with the school chop stamped.


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