Rules and Regulations

 

(A) About the Competition

In an effort to promote local Chinese literary writing and cultivate children’s interest of learning Chinese, Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL) and the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) will be organising the “Creativity, No Boundaries!” National Children’s Story Writing Competition. The competition is co-organised by Queenstown Primary School and Guangyang Secondary School. Winning entries of the competition will be published as a series of Chinese graded readers for local primary students, and each Singapore primary school will receive complimentary sets of the graded readers.

 

(B) Organisers

Singapore Centre for Chinese Language
Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning

 

(C) Co-organisers

Queenstown Primary School
Guangyang Secondary School

 

(D) Competition Categories

Student Category (On the spot competition)

Group
Participants
Date & Time
Venue
No. of participants
A
Primary 4 to 6 students
17 Sep 2016
Saturday
9:30am – 11:30am
Queenstown Primary School
2 representatives from each school
B
Secondary 1 to 2 students
24 Sep 2016
Saturday
9:30am – 11:30am
Guangyang Secondary School
1 representative from each school
C
Secondary 3 to 5 students
24 Sep 2016
Saturday
9:30am – 11:30am
Guangyang Secondary School
1 representative from each school
D
Open to students from centralized institutes and junior colleges
24 Sep 2016
Saturday
9:30am – 11:30am
Guangyang Secondary School
2 representatives from each school

 

Open Category

Group
Participants
Submission Deadline
Submission Method
E
Open to all Singaporean and Permanent Residence aged 18 years old and above
31 December 2016
Submit the story with the completed registration form to story@sccl.sg

 

 (E) Story Content and Requirements

Student Category (Group A, B, C, D)

Topics
To be announced on the actual day
Content requirement
Children Story for primary students in Singapore
Language
Chinese Language
Writing criteria
Originality, creativity and emotional richness
Word count
Group A          : 120 – 350 words
Group B, C, D : 150 – 500 words

 

Open Category (Group E)

Topics
No restriction, fantasy story preferable.
Content requirement
Children story for primary students in Singapore
Language
Chinese Language
Writing criteria
Originality, creativity, emotional richness and the understanding of audience and readership
Word count
200 – 800 words
Submission requirements
Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format and typewritten using 12 point SimSun. Illustrations and storyboards in PDF format can also be submitted to better explain stories.

Please submit stories via email and follow the required format for the subject line:
Name (Story title)
For example: 林晓明(快乐的松鼠)

 

 (F) Judging and Prizes

The competition has invited distinguished academia and experts in children books to be judges and all stories will be sent for double-blind review. Each group will have several winners of First Prize, Second Prize and Third Prize.

Prize winners will each receive a trophy, a certificate and cash vouchers as rewards. First Prize winners will receive $300 cash voucher; Second Prize, $200; Third Prize, $100. The winning entries will be published by SCCL as Chinese graded readers.

 

(G) Announcement of Results

The competition results will be announced on SCCL’s website (www.sccl.sg) in April 2017. Winners (or their schools) will be notified by email and invited to the Award Ceremony.

 

(H) Participation Procedure

Student Category (Group A, B, C & D)

Schools should send the Registration Form (Student Category) and the Parental Consent Form to story@sccl.sg by 7 September 2016. Registrations will be processed only if all required documents are received.

 

Open Category (Group E)

Entrants in Group E can choose to write stories on their own or with others, and should submit their entries, Registration Form (Open Category) to story@sccl.sg by 31 December 2016. Registrations will be processed only if all required documents are received.

 

(I) Enquiry

Please email story@sccl.sg or call 6467 5667 ext 259/ 248/ 251 to approach Ms Pang Ze Shuen, Ms Yao Xiao or Ms Cheng Pei Yee if you have any queries.

 

(J) Copyright License & Declarations

  1. While the rights of authorship will remain with the authors, all other rights included in the copyright pertaining to the story will belong to SCCL. SCCL reserves the rights to rewrite, publish, copy and distribute the winning entries and the entries from the on the spot competition or parts of the content at any time and in any places, without getting consent from or paying any fee to the authors.
  2. Stories submitted must be original works. All entries must not have been published or awarded by any other organisations. Stories must not be plagiarized or translated from any sources. In case of copyright infringement, the entries will be disqualified; as for winning entries, qualification will be cancelled and the prize must be returned to SCCL. In case the copyright infringement has not been found out in time and the winning entry is published, the authors shall pay SCCL any damages, monetary or otherwise, which may be incurred.
  3. Each entrant must use his/her true identity according to the personal details on his/her IC or Passport. Dishonesty of any sorts found will be subject to a disqualification from the competition.
  4. Participants should consent to their personal information being collected, held and used by the organisers, for the competition.
  5. Story content shall conform to Singapore's laws and regulations, abide by social morality and good orders, not alluding to attacking others or disparaging the reputation of others. Regardless of the form of damage (belonging to tort or otherwise) caused directly, indirectly or incidentally by story content, the authors must take the full responsibility and shall pay SCCL any damages, monetary or otherwise, which may be incurred in this relation.
  6. SCCL will not be responsible for any loss, damage, delay or misdelivery of the entries. Submissions will not be returned and entrants are advised to retain one copy of their original works.
  7. All student entrants must obtain their parents’ consent and submit the Parental Consent Form; otherwise, they will be disqualified.
  8. All staff of SCCL are not eligible to participate in this competition.
  9. For group entrants, it is the responsibility of the entrants to allocate the prizes among group members.
  10. If a winner of any prize cannot be contacted within one month after the release of results, the prize will be forfeited.
  11. All entrants and the parents of student entrants are deemed to have agreed to and shall abide by the competition rules and regulations by submitting their work or submitting the consent forms.
  12. SCCL reserves the right of final interpretation of the stated terms and conditions and reserves the right to disqualify any violators.
  13. For any updates and changes, please refer to the website.

 

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