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|
One Act Play / Short Story
3-6 years old
|Junior 6-8||Senior 9-11||Youth 12-14||
HK$350 Or US$50 Or RMB320 per entry (solo)
HK$500 Or US$65 Or RMB450 per entry (group)
HK$450 Or US$60 Or RMB400
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:
|REGIONS||Hong Kong||China||South East Asia|
|ENTRY FORMS||Audio Story Entry form(HK Audio Story)||Audio Story Entry form(CHINA Audio Story)||Audio Story Entry form(Audio Story)|
|Short Story Entry form(HK Short Story n One Act Play)||Short Story Entry form(CHINA Short Story n One Act Play)||Short Story Entry form(Short Story n One Act Play)|
|One Act Play Entry form(HK Short Story n One Act Play)||One Act Play Entry form(CHINA Short Story n One Act Play)||One Act Play Entry form(Short Story n One Act Play)|
|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%|
* Please refer to the marking sheet for the most updated marks distribution
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 2017 and the winners works shall also be published by the same time.
UK SUMMER CAMP
GOLD AWARD WINNERS ARE ELIGIBLE 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’.
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.
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