Welcome 2013/14 Writing Competitor's
2013/14 Subject - WAR HORSES!
We have extendeded our War Horses Writing Competition and it is now open from May 15, 2014 - Oct. 15, 2014. Children from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada to include our French Speaking Canadian Kids are invited to participate!
Please review the Instructions below and be sure to include the Waiver with all Essay Submissions!
Thank you to Valerie Ormond for her continued support in creating our writing resource page!
There are two age categories: 12 and Under and 13 – 18 Years of Age.
WE WILL ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: FICTION, NON-FICTION, PERSONAL ESSAY, PERSUASIVE WRITING, AND POETRY
Note to Parents / Sponsors / Teachers:
We are not mandating a curriculum for this year’s program but would like to see students become involved and learn something about war horses through personal research. Following are just some suggestions:
Find information about historical or modern day war horses via the library, internet, newspapers, magazines, or talking to local horse people.
See books about war horses, to include Michael Morpurgo’s “War Horse,” and the “War Horse” Companion Guide - http://www.voiceforthehorse.com/files//War_Horse.pdf
Explore the history of a famous Canadian war horse - http://bit.ly/WarriorCanadian
Learn about Sergeant Reckless, the mare who helped the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War - http://www.sgtreckless.com/Reckless/Welcome.html
Find how people have tried to help war horses in the past - http://bit.ly/ChurchillHelps
Australian War Memorial http://www.awm.gov.au/wartime/44/page54_bou/
Australian Light Horses http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Light_Horse
Australia's War Horse http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2014/s3992497.htm
Read about some modern day war horses to include the following:
Teaching Advanced Horsemanship - http://bit.ly/horsestrainingsoldiers
If you’d like some ideas on writing, please see the following (but please note specific VFTH Instructions below) - http://www.ralphfletcher.com/tips.html
You can also view stories from the 2012 VFTH Competition on Rescue Horses.
First, second, and third place winners will receive certificates and medals. Honorable mentions will receive certificates. Voice For The Horse will also be creating a music video with our new theme song dedicated to our writing participants which will be uploaded into the VFTH STRONGER project web site (barring the funding comes through from our crowdfinder indiegogo fundraising campaign summer 2014). The overall Grand Prize Winner in each age category will receive talking sticks with the mane and tail hair of VFTH Mascots Angel and Mischief. The object of this competition is to allow students to express themselves in writing, and share those thoughts with others. That is the greatest prize!
VFTH 2013 Writing Competition Instructions:
Parents must sign waiver here Voice For The Horse Waiver and send to Voice For The Horse by email with submitted essays. Children are invited to send in a photo of them and their horse if they choose.
Writing competitors are asked to write short descriptive (50 words or less) "why" they chose to enter the ''War Horses Writing Competition'' to be submitted with their essays.
Please submit work in a word document in 12-point font. (For the younger children that may need assistance, we encourage them to have help in doing so.)
Each contestant may only select one category for submission (fiction, non-fiction, personal essay, persuasive writing, or poetry).
Maximum length of entry: 12 and under – 600 words; 13 – 18 - 1500 words.
Please email your essays to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2014.
Our stable of judges will review submissions, and winners will be notified by May 15, 2014. Happy learning and writing!
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