The judges this year were stretched and there was considerable debate given the quality of entries was so high - and they were constantly shaking their heads in amazement that children were creating at this high calibre!
The intention is to publish the long list today as the judges give the entries more consideration in a bid to determine a final winner in each section, both writing and illustration. The winners will be chosen from the list below...
First though - in a big to keep the suspense - the two schools with the most amount of entries were Wenona and Balgowlah Heights State School, both from Sydney. This was impressive considering there were entries from South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.
Thank you to all the parents and teachers who fasciliated the entries (and thank you to those who persisted and managed to navigate around the bugs in the entry form!)
All Long List nominees will receive a copy of the Child Writes book, valued at $34.95 and a Highly Commended Certificate.
All entrants will receive a PDF certificate recognising their bravery in entering! It is not an easy thing to share your work and the entire Child Writes / Boogie Books team stands in awe!
The Long List for the National Child Writes Competition 2015 - illustrators first...
(in no particular order)
The Long List for the National Child Writes Competition 2015 -
(again, in no particular order)
Certificates / Prizes will be sent November 17th!
Thank you thank you thank you...
This is another exciting year for Child Writes and it bodes well for the Summer Anthology (more about that later...)
AND THE WINNERS...
(It gives the team at Child Writes a huge amount of pleasure to announce the final judges decisions for the 2015 National Child Writes Competition - the calibre of writing and drawing has once again astounded us and we wish upon a star we could extend opportunities to every single one child who entered!)
Writing - Keagan Wallace from The Scotch College, Adelaide, SA.
Illustration - Ali Coburn from Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School
We will be working with Keagan and Ali next year, mentoring them, as they collaboratively create a children's picture book, from the initial idea through to book launch and beyond. The process is no different to that experienced by adult writers and illustrators - they will have publishing agreements, ruthless editing, many turn-arounds of the manuscript, intensive illustration planning and this does indeed take an incredible amount of time!
To the other gloriously talented writers and illustrators who were long-listed, there are other opportunities I will share with you in due course. In the meantime, we repeat our congratulations. It is indeed an honour to be long-listed and it is definitely something for your future resume's!
Finally, thank you to all the incredible teachers / parents out there who are the most fabulous literacy advocates - watch this space as well, we are brewing the most wonderful way to acknowledge your unceasing support, your passionate advocacy and your incredible energy.