Mahragan AlKeraza 2019
PA Diocese Coptic Orthodox Churches

Creative Writing Guidelines

Description:

The creative writing competition includes two categories: Poetry and Short Story. Poetry is a rhymed or unrhymed verse which develops a central theme or image. A short story is a fictional piece which utilizes setting, plot, and characterisation to reveal an implied theme.

Competition Guidelines:
• The creative writing competition is for all ages.
• The work must relate to the theme of Mahragan 2019 “Arise and Build” and should be drawn from our Church spirit, its values and traditions.
• At the final stage of the competition, submit two copies of your work. Only one of the copies must contain a plain, undecorated title page clearly indicating your Church, your name, and the title of your work.
• Recommended word count per grade for short stories:

o SK: up to 100 words with pictures 100
o Gr. 1-2: 200 words
o Gr. 3-4: 200 – 500 words
o Gr. 5-6: 500 – 800 words
o Gr. 7-11: 800 – 1000 words
o Gr. 11 and up: 1000 – 1500 words

• Recommended line count per grade for poetry:

o Sk: 3 to 5 lines
o Gr. 1-2: 5 to 8 lines
o Gr. 3-4: 8 lines
o Gr. 5-6: 10 lines
o Gr. 7-8: 15 lines
o Gr. 9 -10: 18 lines
o Gr. 11 and up: 18 + lines

• All submissions must be the student’s original work. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and will negatively affect your mark.

Evaluation Criteria:

Criteria for evaluating stories:

1. Idea and purpose – 10%

• The idea has to be serious and must have a purpose.

2. Creativity and Choice of words – 10% • New way of treating an issue
3. Clarity and Brevity – 10%

• The vocabulary must be clear and easily understood. Use of archaic language should be avoided.

4. Arrangement & Flow of Sentences – 20%

• Creates natural flow of events, or creative arrangement of events that inspire interest or intrigue

5. Use of figurative language – 10%

• Using allegorical or metaphorical language to illustrate the main idea.

6. Grammar and composition – 10% • Vary your syntax
7. Efficiency in producing the desired effect upon the reader – 10% • No unnecessary phrasing
8. The overall effect of the story – 20%

Criteria for evaluating poetry:

1. Idea and purpose – 10%

• The idea has to be serious and must have a purpose.

2. Creativity and choice of words – 10% • A new way of treating an issue
3. Clarity and Brevity – 10%

• The vocabulary must be clear and easily understood. Use of archaic language should be avoided.

4. Rhythm – 20%

• Creates rhythmical echo appropriate to the intention of the poem

5. Use of figurative language – 10%

• Using allegorical or metaphorical language to illustrate the main idea.

6. Grammar and composition – 10% • Vary your syntax

• Efficiency in producing the desired effect upon the reader – 10%

o No unnecessary phrasing
o Don’t use words just to fill out the missing rhythm

• The overall effect of the poem – 20%

Submission:
• Electronic copy (no handwriting) of your writing is due by 07/21/2019 and should be submitted here with your name, church name, your grade. There will be no exceptions for writing submissions after this date.

“Arise & Build”

“Therefore we His servants will arise and build.” (Nehemiah2:20)