Announcing Books for Keeps/Books For Children Autumn Competition for Schools
Can the children in your class produce two pages of BfK?
What we're after is a double-spread of book-related writing, drawing and designing based on one, or some, of our regular BfK features: reviews of fiction or non-fiction, articles, authorgraphs, editor's page, news, advertisements etc. In this case, though, the pages will be produced by and for the youngsters themselves - Books for Keeps for Children, in short.
An assortment of brand-new hardbacks and paperbacks, donated by our sponsors, Books For Children, and by Books for Keeps itself, valued as follows:
OVERALL COMPETITION WINNER £2,000 to be selected from
INFANT WINNER (Years 1 -2): £500
JUNIOR WINNER (Years 3-6): £500
SECONDARY WINNER (Years 7 -10): £500
In addition to receiving £2,500 of books for the school library, the overall winning entry
will be published in a future edition of BfK. In terms of writing with a clear sense of purpose and audience, how's that for meeting National Curriculum demands?
CLOSING DATE: 30th December 1992
Any group of children within the specified age categories (minimum group-size six, but no upper limit) working with or without adult guidance - the extent of the latter to be indicated briefly with the entry.
To be decided by the children themselves based on their favourite fiction and/or non-fiction (not necessarily current). Use BfK for guidance, focusing either on one or an assortment of our features. Feel free, though, to offer book-ish aspects and angles we've missed.
One double-page spread of BfK - that's adjoining A4 pages. Entries need not be submitted to our exact size, but must be reducible to our size for possible publication. Yes, we will look at a whole magazine but the actual spread being offered must be clearly indicated.
Again, use BfK for guidance. You may also like consult the report on last year's competition in BfK 73 (March '92), though don't feel constrained by this. Entries may be hand-drawn or written, typed, computer-set or some combination of all three... let the children choose. Entries in colour are permitted but must be suitable for black-and-white reproduction.
With your entry we need to know
The address and telephone number of your school, along with the name of the supervising teacher.
The age-category you're entering, i.e. Infant, Junior or Secondary (primary schools may submit two entries).
A brief account of adult input, if any.
The actual double-spread being entered if you're sending us more than two pages.
Alas, we can't return entries since the postage involved might bankrupt us! Competition judges will be Teresa Grainger - Director of the Literacy Unit at Christ Church College, Canterbury; Sally Grindley - Editorial Director of BFC; Richard Hill - Managing Director of BfK; and Chris Powling - Editor of BfK. The judges' decision will be final.
PLEASE SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO: Books for Keeps, 6 Brightfield Road, Lee, London SE12 8QF.