It’s Book Fortnight in the GFL!
With a whole series of activities and events including competitions and author visits happening in the GFL over these two weeks, today was Speed Book Dating in our Senior Library where staff and students had a fun one minute to ‘sell’ their book to other contestants then rank the book presented to them from ‘doesn’t interest me’ to ‘awesome’. While competition was fierce, a great sales pitch given by English Teacher Ms Jen Yoffie of her favourite book, The Year of the Flood written by Margaret Attwood, was a clear winner!
Pictured with the winning book is Ms Jen Yoffie, Alex (Year 12), Mr Henry Kiss and Robert (Year 11).
Congratulations and thanks to all contestants for an awesome event!
Who doesn’t love finding out science-y stuff?!
Where do all the teaspoons go?
Why do cockroaches ooze white stuff when you squish them?
Dr Karl’s Little Book of Trivia 101
Check out Dr Karl’s Little Book of Trivia 101! Free this week on the iBooks store.
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 the Children’s Book Council of Australia Award.
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 An opportunity for unpublished writers to get published!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
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:
- Short 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
Winter Words – the Kingston Library Short Story Competition is set to open on June 29th 2015.
- open to students aged 5-17
- all entrants must live, work or study in Kingston
- stories should be up to 500 words in length
- more details and entry forms online
The competition closes on Saturday 1st August at 1.00pm.
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! So if you are looking for a good challenge and something to do over the school holidays, get involved!! Entries close on July 17th 2015.
More details, including how to enter, can be read online.