Hone your writing skills

WritingThe NZSA Youth Mentoring Programme is offered annually to three secondary school students (15-18) nationally to foster and develop emerging writing talent with the support of established authors.

The mentorships are hotly contested and application deadline is in 2 weeks, the 2nd April 2013.

Click here for further information and find the forms on the New Zealand Society of Authors website.

And here is a list of writing, poetry and film competitions to test your skills.

Ask your teacher or the librarian for help if you want to participate in any of these.

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NZ Book Month at MAC

March is New Zealand book month. Let’s celebrate. Let’s talk books, let’s talk writing… Here are some activities to help!

A whanau quiz will test your New Zealand books and authors knowledge.

There will be local authors talks:
• On Wednesday 20th in Assembly, Derek Grzelewski, author of Trout Diaries
• End of Month: Russell Mawhinney, author of Blogs of the travel bugs.
• And perhaps more…

Students are invited to come to the library and fill in a New Zealand Book Month Competition form: Vote for your favourite New Zealand author and name a book that changed your life. Individual prize: $10 PaperPlus voucher

And $5 Book vouchers will be distributed to students, to spend on books at PaperPlus by the end of March.

Library House Competition Results

We received 37 posters, of which 19 qualified, and the winning poster is by Alice, BHA, who brings 3 points to her house. They are all visible in the library which is now colourfully decorated.
We received one stunning graphic novel by Toby, PBS, who earns 6 points for Pisa. It is on display on the the lssue desk. Read it!
And two songs were made and recorded, awesome. RTH “Read a book” song by Michael Hey, interpreted by the whole whanau was a winner : 9 points for Roy!
And one brave PMU student read aloud a long story during lunchtime to a small but content audience.
Well done everyone for your participation and facilitation.
The results are:
Next year, we will run it over two weeks to give more time to students to realize there is a competition and to participate 😉

Library House competition

From Monday 13th August to Monday 21st August

Design a poster to promote reading OR a book you love (1 point) – best one earns 3 points

Create a video clip to promote reading OR a book you love (2 points) – Best one earns 6 points

Write and draw a graphic novel to promote reading OR a book you love (2 points) – Could be with Pixton.com Best one earns 6 points

Invent and perform a song to promote reading OR a book you love (3 points) – Best one earns 9 points. 

Guidelines for the content for Reading Promotion

Your poster, video clip, graphic novel or song must contain a slogan that promotes reading, one you invent, one you like or one from this list. The slogan must be set in its relevant context. Example: “Dive into reading” slogan would be illustrated by a person who dives into a book which contains waves.

Guidelines for the minimum content for a book promotion:

The promotion material (poster, video, graphic novel, song) must contain:

      • the book title and author and/or photo of the book
      • the genre and/or at least three keywords
      • why you love it
      • your name, class and whanau

Examples:

Competition rules

  • Must be submitted by Monday 20th August 2012 4pm at the library.
  • Teachers can participate and earn points for their house too but they will not win.
  • In case of a song, talk to the librarian to organise the performing.
  • All qualifying entries will be displayed in the library and earn points.
  • Winning entries will earn double points and be published on the website.

 

Students read a story aloud (1 point) during week 5

Students are invited to read a story aloud

  • at lunchtime in the library, or
  • with a college staff witness (from a different house) or
  • at the radio!

Must be a whole story either an album or a short story from a book (minimum 3 pages).

Library week : On your marks…

Library week will run from Monday 13th to Friday 17th August, as the library house competition.

The library week is the occasion to have fun, share our love for reading, redecorate the library AND earn points in the College House Competition.

Here is how you can get points for your house:

  • Design a poster to promote reading OR a book you love (1 point) – best one earns 3 points (staff posters will also bring one point to their house, but do not qualify to win)
  • Create a video clip to promote reading OR a book you love (2 points) – Best one earns 6 points
  • Write and draw a graphic novel to promote reading OR a book you love (2 points) – Could be with Pixton.com –  Best one earns 6 points
  • Invent and perform a song to promote reading OR a book you love (3 points) – Best one earns 9 points
  • Senior students read a story aloud (1 point) – lunchtime in the library or with adult (from a different house) witness – or at the radio!

A list of reading slogans will be provided as well as guidelines for the minimum content for a book promotion.
All qualifying entries will be displayed in the library and the best ones will be published on the library website.

For the library house competition, on your marksget set…

Writing and Film-making Competitions

Deadline 31st July

Read Write Grow, 300 words or less, up to year 8, poem, short story, or creative writing
The Inspiring Stories Film Competition is designed to showcase and celebrate young New Zealanders making a difference in their community

Deadline 21st September

The outlookforsomeday sustainability Film-Making competition

Deadline 30th September

2012 NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition, 16+, 2000 words or less, THEME: Full Circle
Takahe 2012 Poetry competition, no age limit, unpublished poems up to 50 lines long on any theme
Re-Draft, 13-19 years old (entry forms at the library)

Give it a go!

Library House competition results for term 1

The overall number of books issued has dramatically increased this year again and most students have borrowed more than one book, with 40 students having read 10 and more books. Good reading culture in the college. Well done!

And the number of overdue books has decreased!  Which means good books can be read by more people. Awesome!

Here are the results per house at the end of term one:

House

Books issued

Overdue Penalties*

Barker

757

84

Iron

578

57

Pisa

741

60

Roy

621

42

This is a temporary result.

  • Pisa is ahead because they issued many books and got proportionally few penalties .
  • Barker is second because they issued the most books but got far too many overdue books.

  • Roy need to issue more books and
  • Iron need to improve both …

Read more books and return them on time to help your house !

Click here for more on the Library House competition

* Overdue penalties based on the number of overdue books invoiced

Writing Competitions

Writing to win a competition will surely bring the best out of your writing, so give it a go!

Here are some chance to participate and win:

Pikihuia, awards for maori writers, novels, short stories and film scripts : win cash prizes and the chance to be published in Huia Short Stories. Competition is open for all Maori writers, and there is a Secondary School Award category. Entries must be received by 5pm, 15th April 2011.

NZ Children’s Book Awards celebrates the best of what is written for young New Zealanders, and their own writing as well: Competition is open to all year 1 – 8 school children and entries close on the 30th of April, 2011 to win $50 book vouchers.

National Schools Poetry award calls for entries from all Year 12 and 13 students before the 15th June. Winners will attend a poetry masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters with flight and accomodation included.

The School for Young Writers organises each year a short story competition opened to any teenager aged 13 to 19. Winners are published in Re-draft books. Deadline is the 30th September. There is also a Summer Story competition with prizes from Oxford University Press, deadline 15 April 2011. The library holds the Re-draft series and the magazine Write On.

Give it a go! Start writing now!

More information available from the above links, from your teachers and the librarian.