An Update on the Teen Writing Competition

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Competitions, News | 0 comments

The Teen Writing Competition closed two weeks ago and I’m not even half way through the entries.

It is taking me longer than I expected to get through all the submissions, partly due to the number of entries, but mostly due to the sheer awesomeness of each of the stories. I keep forgetting I am supposed to be taking notes and judging as I read. Instead I drift off into new and exciting worlds created by each of the stories, and struggle to return before realising there is a purpose to all this reading other than my own enjoyment.

So here’s the truth that has become all to clear too me:

Teen writers. Are. Amazing.

At this point I’ve decided to relax into the reading and make the most of enjoying such wonderful writing, taking only the briefest notes at the end of each story. Once I’ve had my fun, I will reread each of the entries, while taking more thorough notes, and give them all scores out of ten based on how well they read as young adult fiction, how well they incorporate diversity, and the usual story factors such as plot and characterisation (not to mention that X-Factor).

The top scoring stories will become my finalists, which will then be read by a couple of my nominated writerly minions (ie. Visibility Fiction volunteers), who will vote for their favourites.

The winners will be announced by the end of August (hopefully sooner) and then I can share some of these excellent stories with you!

I know, I know. The suspense is killing you. But it will be worth it.

I promise.

– Holly Kench

Visibility Fiction

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