Thanks to all our budding authors who participated in the Polar Expressions Publishing National Student Short Story Contest.
As a school, Tall Pines submitted 78 entries to the contest in December, 2015. Thousands of entries from across Canada were submitted, and we are proud to announce that 40 entries have successfully made it through the first round of judging. An incredible accomplishment!
The publisher, Polar Expressions has sent each successful student an individual letter of congratulations, certificate, bookmark, order form, and author’s release to the home address he or she provided on the entry form. If students returned the author’s release with a required permission signature, he or she will be published and move forward to the final round of the competition to possibly win other prizes. The publisher does not send rejection letters.
In regards to judging criteria: judges use a rubric placing emphasis on creative method (conflict, development, unique ideas), then on style and description (flow, sentence structure, word choice), and then on grammar and spelling conventions. Grammar and spelling conventions are of course more important for the older grades, and least important for the youngest grades. They then take a second look at all those who have special needs, and make sure to accept a percentage of those who would not have been successful otherwise.
The intent of this contest is to provide opportunities for our students to showcase their creativity and compare it with peers across Canada. As a school we are very motivated to promote literacy, encourage daily writing, and to inspire a lifelong love of prose.
Thanks to all the teachers that helped to make this program a success.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!
Mrs. V. Lawrence