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CHARTER COLLEGE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT WRITING COMPETITION

2013

By now most of you should have been introduced to the Golden Baobab writing competition in your English classes But do you know we are having an INTERNAL writing competition at Charter College as well? All students are invited to submit a story to the Golden Baobab competition! As well as submit th a hard copy to their ENGLISH teachers by the 16 of September, to be eligible for the INTERNAL writing competition. The same story must be submitted to both competitions. Note: Prize money for the internal competition is to be announced at a later date. The winner of the internal competition will be published in a local magazine.

Summary: Task: Write and submit an AFRICAN short story of between 1000-5000 words. Due: 16 September 2013 Note: it is to be counted as your writing mark in term 3 and entered into the internal and external competition.

HAPPY WRITING!
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If you are still not familiar with the Golden Baobab writing competition here are the details Overview The Golden Baobab, established in July 2008, encourages the writing of African literature for children and young adults by recognizing gifted authors of the genre. It invites entries of unpublished short stories written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin. The Prize was cofounded by Ghanaian Deborah Ahenkorah and Senegalese-born Rama Shagaya. Its Advisory Board includes renowned authors Ama Ata Aidoo, Patrice Nganang, Jay Heale and Maya Ajmera. The Golden Baobab Prize aims to encourage the writing of African literature for children and young adults. Their dream in ten years is to see bookstores all over the world overflowing with beautifullywritten and illustrated African books for children and young adults. Join them in making this a reality. Golden Baobab Prize at a Glance: African literary award established to inspire the creation of the best kinds of African stories that children and young adults all over the world will love. Invites entries of unpublished short stories written by African citizens irrespective of age, race or geographical location. Supported by The Global Fund for Children and the African Library Project. Founding support provided by Bryn Mawr College Run by passionate team of volunteer from all over the world. Non-profit initiative registered in Ghana. Co-founders: Ghanaian, Deborah Ahenkorah & Senegalese-born, Rama Shagaya. Submission Guidelines Eligibility The author must be a citizen of an African state or a dual citizenship holder (a copy of a passport or comparable document will be required of winners). African citizens of all ages qualify to present submissions. There is no restriction on race or geographical location. Writers below the ages of 18 years will be automatically considered for the Rising Writer Prize. Prizes Best Story written for ages 8-11 years $1000 Best Story written for ages 12 -15 years $1000 Promising writer below age 18 years: $800

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What will the judges be looking out for? The Golden Baobab Prize is looking for stories that will be loved by children and young adults all over the world. A winning story is one that immediately stands out and is imaginative, refreshing and well written. The entrant must be the one who wrote the story fully. That is, you cannot submit a story written by someone else. But once your story is written you can by all means ask someone to read it and assist with edits. Submission Guidelines Contestants and entries must comply with ALL of the following criteria. Works that do not conform to the rules will be disqualified.* Submitted stories should fall into either Category A (stories for readers aged 8-11 years) or Category B (stories for readers aged 12-15 years). Entry should be a work of fiction between 1,000 to 5,000 words. The category a story falls into may influence its length. There are no restrictions on themes but stories must be set in Africa or have a very evident African content. Stories should be in written in English and should not have been previously published elsewhere, in part or in full. Pseudonyms may not be used. Entries must be submitted under entrant's real name. Entrants may enter up to five stories. All entries must be the unaided work of the entrant. Previous entrants and winners of the Prize are eligible to enter in subsequent years. The title page of submissions should state the category and title of the story. All biographical information should be sent in the body of submission email.