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A couple of weeks ago I published a post titled: KidsNews: a great resource! on NovaNews, my other blog.  While detailing much that could be found on this website, I intentionally saved the best for this blog!!

Scroll down to the bottom of the KidsNews website to find a link titled Book Club.   Before you click on the link though, be sure you’ve got a stretch of time up your sleeve to read, explore and imagine how the various links on this page could be used with students. With competitions, announcements of competition winners (including links to their winning stories), interviews with authors, articles about up coming publications, there’s so much to be explored and enjoyed.

The Kids News website brings news stories to classrooms in a fun, accessible and engaging way, and we are delighted to add our books to the mix to help teachers and parents get kids reading.”

Informative and appealing.  With a well structured classroom activity, it’s hard to imagine students not being drawn into this website!

How great it would be though if the people behind the scenes of KidsNews could be persuaded to extend this website to teen readers.   Innovative and appealing online Book Clubs such as this would be a great magnet for tech savvy teens!

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Year in year out, we all get busy around April when the year’s shortlisted CBCA books are announced.  Invariably, it’s a race to read through them as quickly as possible so that we can then start inspiring students to have a read.

While all six novels shortlisted in this year’s Older Readers section were really excellent, I was sure I had picked a winner when I settled on Clare Atkin’s “Between Us”.  Apart from the poignant subject matter, the characters and plot were both gripping and uplifting.   I was thrilled when the announcement was made a couple of weeks ago that this one was crowned 2019 Book of the Year: Older Reader’s Winner!! 

Following are the notes I made after reading the novel:

Short listed for the 2019 CBCA awards, this gripping novel gives us an up-close look at the plight of asylum seekers: their fears, their day-to-day life in detention and their frustration with their ongoing incarceration.  When Ana, an Iranian asylum seeker, is escorted out of the detention centre to attend a local secondary school, she meets Jono, the son of one of the guards at Ana’s detention centre. As their friendship flourishes, complications inevitably arise.  An excellent read which is my tip to win this year’s Book of the Year for Older Readers!

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Person to Person
Suitable: Year 9-12+

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notJackThe notJack Writers’ Prize recognizes the significance of place for Australian writers and encourages submissions from people in any area.

The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figures prominently. Submissions are not limited by the specific examples provided here.

Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry.   Check the notJack Writers’ Prize website for the entry form, guidelines, prizes and other details.

The youth category is open now and closes 14 March 2016.

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The Ampersand ProjectGet set …. Get ready …. Go!!!

Whip out your pens and start writing so that you are ready to enter The Ampersand Project.

What is it? An opportunity for unpublished writers to get published!
What’s the goal of the Ampersand Project? A way to find brilliant debut novels and new authors!
What’s to be gained? The selected writer will get a contract, an advance, and serious editorial development to bring their book to market.
When must manuscripts be submitted? From Tuesday 1 September until midnight on Monday 14 September 2015
More information: The Ampersand Prize

And if you want some inspiration:  Melissa Keil was the first time winner of the 2013 Ampersand Award with her debut novel: Life in Outer Space!  This year, Melissa’s second novel: The incredible adventures of Cinnamon Girl is short listed for this year’s CBCA Award.

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Another awesome opportunity to create a short film and be in the running to win some awesome prizes – including $1000 for the first place winner – has been announced.

My Story My ContentTo be created around the theme ‘Movies Matter’ submissions of 60 second films from students across Australia are invited.

Submit entries online and read more about this fabulous competition here.

All entries must be submitted by August 10th 2015.

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If you are aged under 25 and are a keen writer, you really should consider getting an entry into the 2015 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers because – quite simply – this is an inspirational competition with incredible prizes to be won!!

The writing categories are also very broad:

  • John Marsden Hachette Australia PrizeShort fiction or first chapter of a novel (up to 3,000 words) by writers aged 18-24
  • Short fiction or first chapter of a novel (up to 3,000 words) by writers aged under 18
  • Poetry by writers aged 18-24
  • Poetry by writers aged under 18

With prizes ranging from $500 – $3000 and the possibility of wining a manuscript assessment or mentoring session with staff from Hachette Australia, or your winning entry published in the December issue of Voiceworks #102 or on the Express Media website – the rewards for submitting an entry are too good to pass up!

Read more details online.

Entries close: September 7th 2015

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Hidden Others - Short Film Competition
Writing and creating a film is a fabulous challenge!

Sponsored by The Salvation Army and open to students aged 12-18, entries are now invited to create a short film that breaks stereotypes and raises awareness of youth homelessness.

Make a contribution to our world and create a challenge for yourself by expressing your thoughts and in the process be in the running for some awesome recognition!

Entries close on July 17th 2015.  More details, including how to enter, can be read online.

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My Life Writing CompetitionIf you are an Australian student aged 8-13, you could win $1000 cash plus a full set of signed My Life books written by Tristan Bancks!  To enter, just write a 500 word story about your life that is funny, gross, weird or amazing!!

Entries must be submitted by Monday 31 August 2015.  Check further details about this Random House Competition online!

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My Brother Jack 2015The 2015 My Brother Jack Awards is now open to people who live, work or study in the City of Glen Eira (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). There are prizes for short stories and poetry in the categories of Primary School, Junior Secondary School, Senior Secondary School and Open.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the of the My Brother Jack Awards and the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing, any short story or poem set in or around World War One will be eligible for a special prize of $1,000*.

With great prizes to be won, get writing and enter this competition before the closing date of April 27th.

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It’s without a doubt that

The more you read ….. the more you’ll write!

This is a mantra I constantly share with students in my library classes.   And when I see a great competition looming, I love to share the news with students in the hope that they will take the plunge and give it a go!Bayside Writing Competition 2015

Open to adults, teens and and junior writers currently living in Australia, the Bayside Writing  Competition 2015 is an opportunity to submit an original piece of writing in any one of four categories:

Open Competition – Short story
Open Competition – Poetry
13-17 years Micro Story (250 words or less)
12 and under – Short Story (500 words)

With prize money to win, this is an exciting opportunity for keen writers to submit their work.  Complete the online entry form and submit writing by April 24th.

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