Deadline of Submission: January 13, 2018

To encourage more participation for 2017-18, DE shall sponsor the first 200 entries to lower the entry fee to HK$200 per entry (for HK participants ONLY). Sponsored entries will be screened in HK and DE will short list the best 20+ entries to the UK for the final judgement.

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Established in 1941, New Era Academy (NEA, http://www.neweraacademy.co.uk) is one of the leading regulated examination Boards in the UK, offering diverse and varied disciplines through well structured syllabi. To encourage emerging writers of differing ages all over the world to unleash their talents, NEA organizes an International Creative Writing Competition every year.

Three Competing Categories: Audio Story, One Act Play and Short Story

Audio Story Solo: Candidate can submit an audio file with the story told by an individual student who is under 6, of any theme that interests, with 2 to 3 minutes‘ length. The piece can be original or can be published before. The Primary Focus is in the way in which the story is told, the inflection, the tone, etc. that should always grab the listener.

Audio Story Group: Candidates can submit an audio file with the story told by a group and the names of each individual student and which role they are playing should be presented. All candidates should be under 6, choose any theme that interests, with 2 to 3 minutes’ length. The piece can be original or can be published before. They can be in a short story format, or short drama, or a mix of both, which may sound like old radio programs.

One Act Play: One-act play will concentrate on a single episode or situation with one or two characters. The heart of dramatic writing lays in conflict. Deciding what the main character wants more than life with obstacles faced, and how the character overcomes to keep an audience stimulated; One-act plays have simple settings that require audience imagination. The one act play has an introduction, and its obstacles, and its resolution, handled believably and achieved within the specified playing time.

Competing Groups Ages Maximum Limit
Junior 6-8 10 Minutes Playing Time
Senior 9-11 10 Minutes Playing Time
Youth 12-14 15 Minutes Playing Time
Teen 15+ 20 Minutes Playing Time

Short Story: Of fictional prose, focusing on mood rather than plot with one main character and one main theme. A Short-Story usually takes place in a single setting and begins and ends abruptly that involves one plot line and limited to word length specified for each age group. The Story must grip the reader’s attention and make them continue to find what happens next The leading character has to solve a problem, or achieve a purpose, and is motivated to realize their goals. A good story includes conflict, obstacles and challenges and builds towards to a high point as the turning point in the story, making the ending climax inevitable and resolves the theme of the Short Story.

Competing Groups Ages Maximum Limit
Junior 6-8 200 words
Senior 9-11 500 words
Youth 12-14 1000 words
Teen 15+ 2000 words

ENTRY FEES

Audio Story

One Act Play         /         Short Story

Age Ranges

3-6 years old

Junior 6-8 Senior 9-11 Youth 12-14

Teens 15+

Entry Fees

the first 200 entries,  sponsored fee  HK$200 per entry

normal fee HK$350 per entry (solo)

normal fee HK$500 per entry (group)

for the first 200 entries,

sponsored fee HK$200 per entry

(normal fee HK$450 per entry)

TO ENTER

All candidates must enter the competition through organizations that they associate with, which are either the schools that they are studying in or education centres that they associate with.

Entries will be opened from October and shall be closed by January of next year. Entry Forms shall be available from the organization each candidate associates with.

Candidates may also download the Entry Forms here:

Audio Story Entry form(HK Audio Story) 2017-2018
Short StoryEntry-Form(HK-Short-Story) 2017-2018
One Act Play Entry-Form(HK One-Act-Play)2017-2018

Please send the completed form with cheque to: Mr. Frank Wong,  Unit 802, New Kowloon Plaza, Olympic, Kln, H.K.


All entries shall be marked according to this scheme:MARKING SCHEME

A. Content and Creativity 40%
B. Organization and Development 30%
C. Mechanics (spelling, capital letters, paragraphs, etc) and Grammar 20%
D. Style of Writing 10%

 

RESULTS AND AWARDS

Results will be announced by April through Facebook, NEA and Dramatic English web sites.

There will be Certificates of Merit,  Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal Awards presented to each Age Range under each Competing Category. Gold Medal Awards shall honour candidates who are marked 90 plus and will be presented with a winners’ certificate and a prize trophy; Silver Medal Award marked 80 plus with Bronze Medal Award winners marked from 70 plus.  Those who marked 60 plus shall be awarded the Certificate of Merit.

Gold Medal Winners will have their work performed on stage and all winners will have their work published and the book will be available for purchase. The Gold Medal winners show case will be held by around May 2018 and the winners works shall also be published by the same time.

UK SUMMER CAMP

WINNERS for the writing competition, have the chance TO ENTER THE CREATIVE SUMMER CAMP IN THE UK WHERE THEY CAN MEET AND ATTEND CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES TO GAIN MASTER WRITING SKILLS OVERSEEN BY A PLAYWRIGHT AND WRITE A ONE-ACT PLAY TO BE JUDGED ‘BEST YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR’.

SCHOOL AWARDS

The following awards will be given to schools with over 20 PARTICIPANTS to enter this competition:
NEA Leading Secondary School Award / NEA Leading Primary School Award / NEA Leading Kindergarten Award

For schools that have students winning any GOLD MEDALS will be honoured the:

NEA Most Valuable Secondary School Award / NEA Most Valuable Primary School Award / NEA Most Valuable Kindergarten Award

EDUCATION CENTRE AWARDS

A NEA Education Partners Certificate will be awarded to education centres if there are participants entering through the centres. For centres that have students getting Gold Medals, they will be honoured the NEA Most Valuable Education Partners Award. These centres’ names shall be listed in the winners’ work publication.

Dramatic English is honoured to represent NEA in the China and South East Asia regions.

For more details, please follow this link to contact us or call our Hotline: (+852) 2880 5080.