THE 2011/12 Hall Caine Memorial Prize for Creative Writing is being launched, with the theme of ‘Hope’.
The prize, which is in its second year, is open to students who are in full-time education in the Isle of Man. They are invited to pen a short story, a memoir, a one-act play or the opening chapter of a novel.
Judges will look for strong characterisation, good narrative flow and, above all, imaginative story-telling.
The prize has four categories:
- Primary, in which entrants must write up to 500 words, with prizes of £100, £75 and £50;
- Key Stages 3– up to 1500 words with prizes of £150, £100 and £50;
- Key Stage 4– with the same world limit and prizes and
- Key Stage 5/IOM COLLEGE – up to 2000 words with prizes of £200, £150 and £100.
Up to 10 highly commended entrants in each category will receive prizes of £20.
Judging the primary entries will be headteachers Jill Gill (Ballacloan Infants) and David Jenkins (Dhoon Primary). Representatives of secondary English departments will judge the older age categories.
The closing date for entries is Friday 27th January 2012. Entrants are advised to study the full rules, which will be advertised in all schools/the Isle of Man College from September, can be downloaded from the DoEC website or can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries should be delivered to Hall Caine Memorial Prize for Creative Writing, Department of Education and Children, Hamilton House, Peel Road, Douglas, IM1 5EZ