Finally… I can announce the WINNER of the My Life Short Story Competition! After much deliberation, reading and re-reading the many brilliant stories submitted, the winner is…. Indigo from the ACT. She wins $1000 cash for herself, $1000 worth of books for her school and a signed set of MY LIFE books. The picture above was taken minutes after she heard about her win.
Indigo’s story, ‘Painfully True’, will be shared with you in the not-too-distant future. Here’s what I said about it in my comments: ‘Painfully True’ is a very funny scenario, vivid in its detail, shocking, honest, well-structured with a brilliant final line. The reader feels the protagonist’s pain but there is humour in every paragraph. And the word ‘bum’ is mentioned several times which, for a My Life story, helps.’
Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a story and please, please keep writing. Keep developing your story and making it better and better with each draft. I hope you see this as another step forward for you as a writer and I hope you feel you have improved your storytelling skills by sending in a story.
There were over 1000 entries and only one winner so missing out on the top prize does not mean that your story was not good. Many deserving entries missed out. Hit up my CREATE page for writing tips and tools and just keep on reading and writing the best stories you can: https://www.tristanbancks.com/p/create.html
Good luck! I have another super-fun competition to announce when MY LIFE & OTHER EXPLODING CHICKENS is released in March 2016. :)) To hear about giveaways and new competitions you can sign up for my monthly kids’ book eNews here: http://eepurl.com/haFzQ.
Big thanks to the team at Penguin-Random House Australia for putting up such a generous prize.