Tell Me A Story showcases the talents of young writers

Jeanene Duncan 13 February 2019

Proud parents, Melinda Moncrieff and Raphael Kunzli with Amber Kunzli, who received an excellence award for her story in the 2017 competition.

Whether fact or fiction, verbal or written, young or old, everybody has a story to tell.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Tell Me A Story, the Great Lakes Advocate (GLA) is again offering aspiring young writers a unique and exciting opportunity to have their story published in the paper and on-line and at the same time win a cash prizes.

Open to primary and middle school aged students, from Years 5-9, the open theme competition can be a fiction or no-fiction composition on any story which appeals to the young mind.

Last year’s competition attracted close to 60 eager young writers from school students throughout the Great Lakes, all keen to have their stories published in the GLA and win one of the generous cash prizes.

“Our aim is to provide out-of-school opportunities to a larger number of local students, Tell Me A Story writing competition president, Teresa Siminska said.

“We are inviting young people to have a go and to explore their writing  talents and compare them across the schools in our region.”

This year the competition is opening the field to include young artists, inviting them to illustrate one of the winning stories.

Ms Siminska is thrilled the competition has expanded to include illustration and give students who are talented in another artistic genre the opportunity to showcase their gifts.

 “This gives artistically inclined students the opportunity to participate in this competition, and to enhance a written story with an appealing graphical presentation,” Teresa said.

“This competition provides an opportunity for writers and illustrators to explore topics and techniques of their choice, and experience the joy of creation and achievement.”

Great Lakes Art Society has joined the community event providing illustration reviews along with the presentation of winning stories and art-work.

“The society has generously offered its facilities for our final ceremony.”

Prizes will be presented in each competition; Years 7-9, three  $100 prizes, Years 5-6  four  $50 prizes, while all awarded stories will be published in print and on-line in the Great Lakes Advocate.

Entries will be judged by local creative writers and GLA journalist Nicholas Brooks.

“Tell Me A Story is a community event and we wold like top engage local business and local community in supporting our local school kids.

“We are hoping to see many students embarking on this exciting writing adventure.”

Entries for the writing competition close on April 4. Visit the Tell Me  A Story website. t