Welcome to the July 2017 edition of CKT
July is an exciting month for us as we announce the winners in our first competition of the year – Magic, Mystery or Skateboards.
We had a record number of entries this year. Submissions this year not only tickled our judge's funny bones but they were also inspiring. With the theme of Magic, Mystery or Skateboards there was a variety of interpretations by our entrants that opened the door for some very creative story telling. It was great to see lots of new writers taking the plunge and submitting their stories. Well done!
We would like to thank Faber Academy for sponsoring our competition. Their prize of a $295 voucher for use in either their Sydney or Melbourne locations is an excellent opportunity for our first place winner to enhance their writing.
Congratulations to the following winners:
1st Shaye Wardrop – Far and Near (Winner of the Faber Academy prize)
2nd Angela Costigan – Age Old Magic (Winner of a detailed critique of your entry through the CKT Manuscript Assessment Service)
3rd Georgina Moore – The Mystery of the Lost Teeth (Winner of a $50 book pack and one-year membership with Creative Kids Tales)
Congratulations to all those who shared their work with our judges.
Opportunity for members - Last month you may have seen posts in various Facebook groups about an opportunity for CKT members to have their stories read by professional actors on radio.
Here's what we are looking for:
Playful fun language, rhyming, silly is ok too. For the 3-6 yrs age bracket. Theme Guide: dinosaurs, fairies, robots, space, animals, transport, oceans, jobs, Australia, music, insects, pirates etc. Any themes or topics that a 3-6 yr old would love. Your story should be able to be read aloud and hold the listener for 4-5 mins. As there will be no visuals, the story needs to stand alone. Stories will be rotated with other titles and may get 2-3 plays per week.
There is the potential for popular stories to be given air time up to 12 months.
This is an excellent opportunity for your stories to reach a new audience. Stories will be read by professional actors and have sound effects added to compliment your story.
This invitation is extended to Creative Kids Tales emerging authors. As there will be deadlines involved with the project, we are looking for members who are available to commit.
This is an exciting initiative that we hope will be taken up by lots of our members.
If you are not a member of Creative Kids Tales now is the time to join.
Creative Kids Tales, an industry recognised site for children’s authors has been helping authors on their journey to publication since 2011. Whether you are looking to build your author platform, address weaknesses in your manuscript, access opportunities, be part of a nurturing critique group or source information about publishers, CKT can assist you on your journey. Membership starts from $30 per year.
The deadline has now closed for our CKT Story Collection. All submissions have been received, accepted and edited. It’s time to begin the process of putting it all together. We have 40 contributors who have submitted a rainbow of stories, poems. The CKT Story Collection will be published later this year and would make a great Christmas gift. Stay tuned for more information soon…
Recently I have been fine tuning my author presentations with a number of school visits. It can be daunting when you first stand before a room full of little faces. The experience is fun, nerve-racking but very rewarding. I share my experiences over on the CKT Blog.
(June 2017 St John the Baptist Primary School)
(Spreading my author wings 😉)
Did you know that the CKT Blog is now our most visited page! We covered a variety of subjects on our blog including Author Etiquette, Independent Publishing, Writing with Abandonment, Writing – work life balance, Building your Author Platform and we also chatted with a few International Authors – Kate DiCamillo, Jeff Kinney, Lucy Cousins and Stephan Pastis. Why not keep up to date with all our posts, simply pop over to our blog page and subscribe!
That’s all from me this month. See you in August.