Monday, 4 March 2013

March Break Challenge

with best-selling Canadian author Eric Walters!

Mr. Walters' Challenge

Complete the following paragraph and continue writing for another 400 words.
I felt like I had been shot out of a cannon.  Who were these people? Where in the world was I? Before I could even get my bearings I was almost run over by. . .
Write about a place and culture that is new to you. What is different about it and what is surprisingly the same?
The fabulous prizes:
All winners will become Published Authors in a collectible magazine and online!
The top ten will receive:A full set of Seven: The Series, signed by Eric Walters!
A world map & atlas!
World Literacy Canada swag!
All participating teachers and schools will be gratefully acknowledged.
How to Enter:

There are two ways to enter:
1. Click here to submit your entry online (with your parent or guardian’s help).
2. Download this PDF form to submit your entry by mail. Fill it out, and mail it along with your 400-word story to the address below.
World Literacy Canada
401 Richmond Street West, Studio 281
Toronto, ON  M5V 3A8
All entries must be received by April 5, 2013. 
Entries will be judged by a committee of qualified children’s writers and educators. Eric Walters will select the first place winner. Stories will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • On Target: Is the main character travelling to somewhere new? Is there indication that the author learned something about the culture?
  • Creativity: How unique is the writer’s approach to the topic?
  • Clarity and organization: How is the story organized? Is there a clear beginning, middle and ending?
  • Spelling and Grammar
  • Main Character: Is the main character well-written? Does he/she represent the ideals of global citizenship?

  • Entries are welcome in both official languages.
  • Entries must not exceed 400 words.
  • Contestants must be in grades 5 to 8 at the time of entry.
  • All writing must be the work of the child entering the contest.
  • Children who usually dictate their work to a scribe may do so.
  • All entries must include a completed entry form with parent/guardian information.