The Standard is organising the 2nd 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 . This year, we have a new award. The Green Building Awards help to raise students' awareness of the importance of sustainable building development. Students need to write an essay on how a building is designed and built according to high environmental standards and the positive impact it will have on the environment and society.

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. To win a Green Building Award, students submit one or more stories from the Seven Plots of Fiction categories AND one or more essays on sustainable building development.

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
8. Green Building Awards An essay on how a building is designed and built according to high environmental standards, which may include how to save water, use energy efficiently and minimise consumption, use materials of low environmental impact, conserve and enhance the environment, create green spaces that blend with the surroundings, safeguard our health and wellbeing, minimise costs to make it affordable, etc.
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 Jan 2017 - 31 May 2017
Result announcement Mid-July 2017
Awards and Prizes details:
Fiction awards Defeating the monster
From poor to rich
On a mission
A journey and return home
Comedy
Tragedy
Born again
Scoring criteria: creativity; originality; ability to arouse readers' interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A trophy
+
A certificate
Writer awards Champion

First Runner-Up

Second Runner-Up
These winners will be selected among the seven winners of the fiction awards A trophy
+
A certificate
Merit awards Merits x 5 A certificate
School award The highest number of entries submitted with the 'School Submission Form*' A trophy
Green Building Awards 3 Awards for the three best essays judged in terms of content, creativity, and language quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, fluency etc.) A trophy
+
A certificate
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 Jan 2017 - 31 May 2017
* 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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