Friday, 18 August 2017

Will you boost the prize?

Thanks to Beatrice Charles for sending me the details of this blogging/essay competition. There's a top prize of up to $2500 for a 600 to 1500 piece on the following topics -

  1. "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln. Do you agree?
  2. "Nobody realises that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." - Camus. Discuss.
  3. Should the role of education be to prepare students for working life, or to broaden their mind?
  4. "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally - and often far more worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond." - C.S. Lewis. Discuss

Beatrice says, 'There are categories also for child and YA writers. In particular they seem to encourage schools to enter. If numbers allow then they will match prizes to school or educational charity (although in previous years this hasn't happened as far as I can tell).

Prizes vary according to number of entrants. So the adult prize is between $250 -$2500

It may interest some of your contacts, and the more who enter the better the awards.'

I'm not sure I'll enter the competition, but the topics would also make great fiction prompts.

The photo shows me facing no kind of adversity, putting no effort into doing what's become normal for me lately... Oh dear, that isn't helping establish a link. Thank goodness for C.S. Lewis - I'm fifty and I read books. Phew!

15 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - congratulations on reaching the big 50, and being able to continue to read and inspire us all ... the waters look amazing - well there's a bod in there too, which shows us you're having fun at 50 ... here's to many more decades ... cheers Hilary

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Interesting questions but none is inspiring to write about it yet! Love swimming in the sea but haven't done it for far too long.

oscar case said...

No entry here.

Rosemary Johnson said...

Thanks for this, Patsy. All topics require A LOT of thought.

Fay Knowles said...

Thanks, Patsy, but a bit too deep for me!

Patsy said...

Thanks, Hilary.

Patsy said...

I'm a terrible swimmer, Rosemary, but I like to wade out and swim back to shore now and then.

Patsy said...

Probably won't be one from me either.

Patsy said...

They do!

Patsy said...

Not my usual topics either, Fay.

Teresa Ashby said...

Interesting topics, but none that grab me. I love the photo - I might have to don a cozzie and brave the water again. I think I only went in once last year - well only once on purpose anyway :-)

Maria said...

Thanks for posting Patsy, but really? Who thought these up? :-) They can't be writers, they just can't...

Patsy said...

Accidentally going in sounds a little too exciting!

Patsy said...

I think they might work for fiction. Maria - but I don't think they actually want fiction.

Seaview said...

Hmmm - I think I might rather do some big, hard sums!

But you never know if I think about it for a while.

Cheers, Patsy. :)

marion