My Story My Content – Short Film Competition

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.

The 2015 John Marsden Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

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 Prize

  • 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


Kingston Library Short Story Competition

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.

Hidden Other: Short Story Competition

Hidden Others - Short Film CompetitionWriting 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.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

An illustrated children’s version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is due out on 6th October 2015.

Jim Kay, the 2012 Kate Greenaway medal winner for his illustrations in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, has created some magical illustrations.

Judging by the front cover and the first page which was revealed by The Guardian late last week, this is bound to be another best seller.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Take a peek at some of the key characters of the story on Jim Kay’s website.

Love reading? Then come visit the FAL and GFL!

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Or do you just love books and reading?!

Either way – make sure that you pop into the GFL this week to see what’s new!  With Library and Information Week running throughout the week, you’ll find lots and lots of great book suggestions, along with a fabulous display which highlights this years theme:


Join in the GFL celebrations by signing up for the Quiz to be held at lunchtime this Thursday 28th May.  As we always say – you gotta be in it to win it!!

Readers are winners!

James Patterson

James Patterson

Thanks to the generosity of well known author James Patterson, young adult and children visiting book shops in Australia are to be winners.

While touring Australia last week, US author James Patterson has announced he will donate $100,000 to Australian and New Zealand book shops to spend on projects to get children reading. Patterson, has run similar initiatives for booksellers in the US and the UK which have been greatly appreciated by book shop visitors.  Each book shop will be eligible to win $1000 for programs they initiate specifically for young readers.

Mentone Grammar Library Staff think this is pretty awesome!!

Books for boys and girls!

Don’t like the “Boys Books” and “Girls Books” labeling which gets slapped onto the front of books or on book shop displays?Els - victory against boys and girls books

One young girl in England got so annoyed that she decided to do something about it!

The result?

The move to scrap gender-labelling in children’s books is gaining momentum. In the UK, Scholastic has announced it will no longer use gender-labelling in its book titles after receiving a complaint from a young reader who argued that ‘no books should be “for girls” or “for boys”’. This follows a similar announcement from Penguin Random House children’s book imprint Ladybird in 2014.

Clip from Why ANZAC? with Sam Neill

NOTE: Only available internally at Mentone Grammar.

My Life Short Story Competition

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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