The KooBits Young Writers Competition 2015

Presenting KooBits Children’s Book Prize 2015

TO ALL PARTICIPANTS:
→ Online Bookshelf with All Winning Books ←
+++ Video Playlist with All Winning Books Recorded +++.

+++++++++ For those who missed collection on 28th, please contact us to make an appointment for collection +++++++++

This Voting Is FOR MOST POPULAR BOOK ONLY. It Won’t Affect Other Prizes.
*** Voting paused temporarily due to maintenance. Will resume on 4th August. ***
*** Sorry for any inconvenience caused. ***

* Most Popular Book is determined by the book with most votes by Facebook Likes during voting period;
** Honourable Mentions are those who achieved high scores close to top 3;
*** All finalists will receive the Certificate of Achievement.

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Introduction

KooBits Young Writers Competition is an online writing competition for 7-12 year-olds. The event is organized by KooBits to promote works by children, for children.

Different from the traditional pen-and-paper writing contest, KooBits Young Writer Competition is taking a very unique format of getting young children to author and publish their stories into ebooks, using a child-friendly ebook creation tool – the KooBits Editor. Participants are to develop an interactive digital book based on a given theme, and to use multimedia resources to present the story in an engaging and interactive way.

The competition’s main aim is to foster excellence in creativity by providing young children the platform to develop their expressive talents and creative writing skills. By publishing the works of children, it is hoped that other young children will be motivated to write as well. We hope to make children see writing not as school work, but as a form of communication and self-expression – one of the most important 21st century skills.

– Age Categories

Category 1: 7 to 9 year-old
Category 2: 10 to 12 year-old

– Prize

The top 3 winners and finalists of each category will be awarded with the KooBits Children’s Book Prize and certificates.

KooBits Children’s Book Prize 2015
Category:Category 1Category 2
Gold• $150 Cash Voucher
• Certificate of Award
• $200 Cash Voucher
• Certificate of Award
Silver• $100 Cash Voucher
• Certificate of Award
• $150 Cash Voucher
• Certificate of Award
Bronze• $50 Cash Voucher
• Certificate of Award
• $100 Cash Voucher
• Certificate of Award
Most Popular• $50 Cash Voucher
• Certificate of Award
• $50 Cash Voucher
• Certificate of Award
FinalistsCertificate of AchievementCertificate of Achievement
All prizes are gratefully sponsored by Wizlearn Technologies.
wizlearn

Showcase & Demo

Look at the works of other children and get an idea of what a finished product may look like. Click below to view

For more demo books, visit http://ebooks.koobits.com.
 

– Video of Past Contests & Software Demo

Click on the video below to see the process of creation and have a glimpse of what the software tools that children will be using.


KooBits has organized writing competition with other partners before. Watch this video to see the fun process of developing a story and author your own ebook.


KooBits Editor is a child-friendly ebook creation tool that enables students to write, share and publish ebooks online. It goes beyond the plain text ebooks, allowing your students to build multimedia ebooks and projects. The ebooks created using KooBits Editor are interactive and engaging; they provide features that paper books cannot.

For Parents

– What Will My Child Learn

Through participating in the KooBits Young Writers Competition, your child will learn the following skills (all participants will receive online courses during competition):
‧ Storyboarding skills
‧ Creative Writing Skills
‧ Multimedia design skills
‧ Ebook creation and publishing skills

– What Will My Child Receive at the End of the Competition

‧ Certificate of Award/Participation
‧ A published storybook by your child
‧ A downloadable version of the storybook created by your child
‧ Editor’s feedback on your child’s writing
‧ The chance to be featured on KooBits website
(subject to the quality of your child’s work)

Important Dates

20 April 2015Open for online registration
31 May 2015Early-bird Registration Deadline
14 June 2015Normal Registration Deadline
15 June 2015Start of Competition
Release of Competition Guide
Issue of participants’ login accounts
19 July 2015Submission Deadline
20 – 26 July 2015Judging and shortlist of finalists, Editorial Review
27 July 2015Announcement of finalists
28 – 31 July 2015Final amendment by finalists
1 – 9 Aug 2015Voting of Most Popular Book
12 Aug 2015Awards Results Announcement
13 – 31 Aug 2015Awards Giving Ceremony at KooBits Headquarter

Theme

The theme for the KooBits Young Writers Competition 2015 will be released on 15 June 2015 to all registered participants.

Rules

1. The KooBits Young Writers Competition is open to all children in Singapore and in the Southeast Asian Region who are enrolled in primary school and is below 13 years old.

2. Entries must be in English.

3. Entries must be a minimum of 400 words for Category 1, and a minimum of 800 words for Category 2.

4. Entries shall have presentable graphics and demonstrate appropriate use of multimedia

5. Entries can be from any of the following genres:
– Science Fiction
– Magic and Fantasy
– Ghosts and Ghouls
– Mystery and Adventure
– Animal Tales

6. One contestant can only submit one entry.

7. Entries must be of original work and not previously published.
As the event promotes works for children, the reading level of the submitted entries should cater to children no older than 13 years of age.

Judging

A panel of three judges will shortlist the finalists from each category based on the quality of the stories submitted. Results will be announced on 27 July 2015.

The judges will be looking for high-quality writing, stories that demonstrate originality, imagination and creativity, and writers who can capture the reader and hold their attention.

Please read detailed judging criteria here: https://goo.gl/MqH0cF.

How to Take Part

Step 1: Make online payment for competition entry fee
→ Registration Closed ←

Step 2: Complete the sign-up form
→ Registration Closed ←

Entry Fee
Early bird:$20Early-bird deadline:31 May
Normal:$30Deadline:14 June

Entry Fee Includes:
• Storyboarding tools
• Editorial review
• Online access to KooBits Editor – ebook creation tool
• Certificate of Award/Participation
• Online Course – How to do storyboarding and tips for writing a good story
• Online Course – How to create and publish ebook using KooBits Editor

– FAQs

What happens after I make payment?
– You will receive an acknowledgment email. The official competition guide and login info will be sent you on 15 June 2015.

Refund policy
– No refund is allowed after 31 May if paid as early bird.
– No refund is allowed after 30 days of payment.
– No refund is allowed after the competition starts on 16 June.

Contact us
– For enquirers, please send an email to [email protected].