Student Historical Fiction Competition 2020

 

Stage 4 and Stage 5 students are encouraged to think imaginatively about people, places and events from the past and create a story inspired by an image from the exhibition A Thousand Words. The exhibition is a new collaboration between Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives.

Classes are also encouraged to join our free online Student Writers' Workshop on Wednesday 29 July to hear from two emerging writers.

Competition details

  • The competition is open to all NSW students in Stages 4 and 5 in 2020. 
  • One entry per student is permitted. 
  • One first prize and one runner-up prize will be awarded for the best story by an individual in each Stage category. Judges may also award commendations at their discretion. 

ENTRIES OPEN – 11 May 2020
ENTRIES CLOSE – 4 September 2020 at 5pm

    Prizes

    Stage 4 category

    Stage 5 category

    Judging criteria

    • Stories must have a minimum length of 750 words and a maximum length of 1000 words. 
    • Stories must have a clear link to an identified image from the A Thousand Words exhibition.

    Judges are looking for:

    • An interesting original story inspired by an image from the A Thousand Words exhibition. 
    • A story with links to a historical period or event relating to the chosen image. 
    • An accurate depiction of the relevant historical setting, including language, landscape, dress, names, dates, technology and other possible elements. 
    • Effective and accurate use of historical knowledge and vocabulary in the plot, story context and character dialogue.
    • Effective use of English language to communicate a range of ideas, language forms and features, including appropriate pitch, pace and structure for the story, descriptive language, dialogue and punctuation.

    How to enter

    1. Go to the A Thousand Words website
    2. Choose an image you’d like to write about and make a note of the 6-digit number. Click the 'i' information icon near the image find the number. 
    3. Make sure you have your teacher’s name/email address so we can contact them.
    4. Fill in the competition entry form below – you will need a parent or guardian to verify your entry.

    Information for teachers

    Curriculum Links

    Stage 4 English

    • EN4-1A responds to and composes texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure
    • EN4-2A effectively uses a widening range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing texts in different media and technologies
    • EN4-4B makes effective language choices to creatively shape meaning with accuracy, clarity and coherence
    • EN4-5C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information, ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts

    Stage 4 History

    • HT4-1 describes the nature of history and explains their contribution to an understanding of the past
    • HT4-2 describes major periods of historical time and sequences events, people and societies from the past
    • HT4-3 describes and assesses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the context of past societies

    Stage 5 English

    • EN5-1A responds to and composes increasingly sophisticated and sustained texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure
    • EN5-3B selects and uses language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts, describing and explaining their effects on meaning
    • EN5-4B effectively transfers knowledge, skills and understanding of language concepts into new and different contexts
    • EN5-5C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and increasingly complex ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts in a range of contexts

    Stage 5 History

    • HT5-2 sequences and explains the significant patterns of continuity and change in the development of the modern world and Australia
    • HT5-3 explains and analyses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the historical contexts that shaped the modern world and Australia
    • HT5-6 uses relevant evidence from sources to support historical narratives, explanations and analyses of the modern world and Australia
    • HT5-7 explains different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the modern world and Australia

    Student Writers’ Workshop

    Wednesday 29 July, 2pm-3pm
    Free | Live webinar

    For Stage 4 & 5 students

    Terms and Conditions

    Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this competition is deemed acceptance of...