Pushkin Prizes

Report from Mrs Millar

A group of S1 pupils from various classes are busily completing their creative writing folios which are about to be entered for the prestigious Pushkin Prizes competition.

Pupils can write on any topic and must produce both poetry and imaginative  writing. Hopefully they will be rewarded for all their hard work.


Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan spoke to our Advanced Higher English class on Tuesday, providing both laughter and food for thought.

After the truly revolting tale of the dog and the crossbow (ask a 6th year), he explained how important his own life had been for providing story ideas, just through normal day to day events, which he could then develop into something weird and surreal.

He also provided some useful ideas for writer’s block (just keep writing – write ANYTHING) and ideas for places to start. He also left Mrs Millar incredibly chuffed by explaining how stories grow from previous stories – a point she had made to the class just half an hour earlier (of course it’s different when a published author says it though).

Mrs Macfadyen was also pleased because she taught him the word “sook”.

J K Rowling competition

Amazon has announced a competition to be allowed access to Beadle the Bard, the ultra-rare book by J K Rowling.

“Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest

Calling all Harry Potter fans!
Want to get your hands on J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard? Amazon.com wants to send you and a friend to London to spend a weekend with the rare and delightful book of fairy tales handwritten and illustrated by J.K. Rowling herself (security guards included, of course). Open to Muggles ages 13 and older in 24 countries, the Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest challenges you to creatively answer one of the following three questions in 100 words or less:
• What songs do wizards use to celebrate birthdays?
• What sports do wizards play besides Quidditch?
• What have you learned from the Harry Potter series that you use in everyday life?

English-language submissions will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. PDT April 22, 2008. An Amazon.com committee will select 10 semi-finalist submissions (based on creativity and writing style) from each of two age categories: 13-17 and 18-and-over. Amazon.com customers will determine the two finalists and Grand Prize winner by voting for their favorites. The Grand Prize includes transport to London, two nights lodging at a London hotel, as well as an expense allowance. Plus, each of the finalists from the two age groups will receive an Amazon Gift Certificate in the amount of $1,000.

Key contest dates:

• April 9-April 22, 2008: Call for submissions.
• May 5-May 11, 2008: Semi-finalists are revealed and customers vote for their favorites.
• May 13-May 19, 2008: Finalists in each age group are revealed, and customers vote for the Grand Prize winner.
• May 22, 2008: The Grand Prize winner is announced.

For more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions, or read the official rules.

Good luck!”

You can enter on the Amazon website.