There are a few such competitions coming up, and these are good opportunities to hone your writing skills. I would like to encourage those among you who are confident about your writing ability to take part. This is a chance to write for different audiences- not just examiners. There is no penalty for not winning. Just do your best.
Please note that the first competition is only for lower secondary students.
Here are the details:
1. Great Eastern’s ‘Life is Great’ Essay Competition
As part of Great Eastern’s 100th anniversary celebrations, Great Eastern is sponsoring an essay-writing competition for Secondary 1 and 2 students to celebrate life through the written word. Write about how you would make use of $1000 to celebrate life, or make life great for others. Be as creative as possible. Make us laugh or cry, make us wonder, make us want to do exactly the same. The prize? $1000- to turn your dreams into reality. There are ten prizes up for grabs, so get cracking. To download the entry form and view the competition rules, please visit http://www.lifeisgreat.com.sg. Closing date: 27 June 2008.
2. Learning Curves (Marshall Cavendish)
There are two competitions held by this publishing company.
(a) Words + Art Creative Writing Competition
The Words + Art programme is a programme under the Marshall Cavendish Learning Curves. It aims to develop literary works by engaging students with different aspects of art and publishing experience. With different art themes year on year, 2008’s competition takes a closer look at the artistic expression in historical artefacts. The theme for this year is ‘Remembering Our Past- Inspiration From History’. The competition aims to tap into students’ creative responses to these treasures of SIngapore’s history, thereby producing inspired additions to our nation’s storytelling and writing tradition. Let the world of history jumpstart your creative stories today! Fill up your form and submit your entries by 28th July 2008. Visit http://www.marshallcavendish.com/words+art for more details.
(b) Budding Writers 2008
The aim of this competition is to promote works by children for children, and is open to all primary and secondary school students in Singapore. The pamphlet I was given did not furnish much detail beyond this, but I invite you to visit the Marshall Cavendish website for more information. It looks like a very exciting competition.
I will be telling you about these competitions in class, and I will also take the liberty of ‘strongly encouraging’ (ie forcing!) some of you to take part. You have been warned!