The Standard is organising the 5th Story Writing Competition to encourage Hong Kong primary schools students to compose imaginative stories. 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.

Students can enter either the junior (P1-P3 / G1-G3) group or the senior (P4 – P6 / G4-G6) group to win an award. Junior students are required to draw a picture with an imaginative caption to express their creative idea based on one of the three categories (see below). Senior students have to write a story based on one of the Seven Plots of Fiction.

Awards will be given to individuals who write the best stories in terms of writing quality and completeness, and who draw the best pictures in terms of creativity. Well-written stories and creative drawings may also be published in Goodies and Junior Standard.

News Special Award
This year, a new category has been created for a special award – the Energetic Kids Award, sponsored by SuperPark Hong Kong. Students are required to draw a picture of a sport activity or event, and to write 50–100 words to describe the picture.
*Both junior and senior students will be counted in one group; the best entries will be shortlisted to be in contention for the overall Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up awards.
Eligibility

All local primary schools students* (Grade 6 or lower for students of international schools)
* Students can enter either the junior (P1-P3 / G1-G3) group or the senior (P4 – P6 / G4-G6) group to win an award (not applied to Energetic Kids Award, please refer the special note above); students can submit more than one entry throughout the Competition.

Individual and School awards

There are three fiction awards for the junior group and seven fiction awards for the senior group.

Students entering the junior group are required to submit a drawing and a caption (maximum of 50 words) based on one of the three plots of fiction:

Categories for Junior Group
Defeating Evil A Journey and Return Poor to Rich
Students from the senior group have to write a story based on one of the Seven Plots of Fiction:

Categories for Senior Group
Defeating Evil A Journey and Return Poor to Rich The Quest
Comedy Tragedy Born Again
The winners of each group in each category will be shortlisted to be chosen as the overall. Champion, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up. A further five merit awards will also be presented.

The school with the highest number of entries submitted using the 'School Submission Form*' will also be awarded.

The Seven Plots of Fiction

Students submit entries based on the Seven Plots of Fiction. The best story of each plot will be presented the corresponding fiction award.

1. Defeating evil The hero has to defeat a ‘monster’, which can be anything evil. The hero saves his family or his world from evil, eg, Dracula, Little Red Riding Hood, The Hunger Games.
2. 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, Oliver Twist, Aladdin.
3. The quest The hero travels to another place to find something important and has to face many tough challenges along the way, eg, One Piece, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Lightning Thief, The Missing Piece.
4. Journey and return 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, SpongeBob SquarePants, Doraemon, Crayon Shin-chan.
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, A Christmas Carol, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Note to senior group - Supporting graphics (Optional)
Students are encouraged to submit one image or artwork in addition to their writing. It may be in the form of a hand-drawn picture, a photo or a handicraft.
Competition schedule
Submission period Now – 30 June 2020
Results announcement August 2020
Award and Prize details – Junior Group
Category awards Defeating evil
Journey and return
Poor to rich
Scoring criteria: creativity; originality; composition; color matching; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A certificate
Little Explorer awards Champion

First Runner-Up

Second Runner-Up
These awards will be selected among the three winners of the category awards. A trophy
+
A certificate
Merit awards Merits x 5 A certificate
Award and Prize details – Senior Group
Category awards Defeating evil
Poor to rich
The quest
Journey and return
Comedy
Tragedy
Born again
Scoring criteria: creativity; originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A certificate
Writer awards Champion

First Runner-Up

Second Runner-Up
These awards will be selected among the seven winners of the category awards. A trophy
+
A certificate
Merit awards Merits x 5 A certificate
Other prizes
Energetic Kids Award Champion

First Runner-Up

Second Runner-Up
Scoring criteria: creativity; originality; composition; color matching; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.) A certificate
+
Free admission tickets of SuperPark Hong Kong
Most Participating School award The highest number of entries submitted using the ‘School Submission Form*’ overall A certificate
Competition Rules
Eligibility All local primary schools students* (Grade 6 or lower students of international schools)
* Students can enter either the junior (P1-P3 / G1-G3) group or the senior (P4 – P6 / G4-G6) group to win an award
Language English only
Format Entries can only be submitted either online or in paper format* by post. Entries sent using email or fax will not be accepted.
*Junior group students and students who are participating in Energetic Kids Award should submit their drawings in A3 size, with a caption stuck behind; senior group student should submit their stories in A4 paper.
Writing Limit Junior Group / Sports Award – 50 to 100 words for the caption;
Senior Group – Must not exceed 500 words
Judging criteria Creativity; originality; ability to arouse readers’ interest; fluency; written quality (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, etc.)
Judges A panel of judges comprising teachers, authors and news editors
Submission period Now – 30 June 2020
* For the Most Participating 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 and stamped with the school chop.








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