For an unpublished short story to 1,000 words suitable to be read by children aged 7 to 10 years. The theme is open but the main character should be human. All entries are to have a separate title page with full contact details and to include a stamped self addressed envelope for results. No emailed entries. Manuscripts will not be returned. Entry fee $10 per story; money order or cheque payable to Di Bates, or payment online (apply to firstname.lastname@example.org for details). All entries will receive a score sheet with comments as well as a results’ sheet. Open to Australian residents only. There is no limit on number of stories entered. Prizes: $200 first prize, $100 second prize with three runners-up to receive an online writing module valued at $75 www.enterprisingwords.com. Judge will be award-winning children’s author and editor,
Dianne ( Di) Bates. Entries close on Monday, 29 October, 2012. Send entries c% Di Bates, PO Box 2116, Woonona East NSW 2517.
Note: Kathleen Julia Bates was my second daughter who was killed a month after she turned two years old. There is no gravestone for her so I run writing for children competitions to honour her memory.