Competitions

BUTTERFLY ART COMPETITION (OPEN)

To celebrate the upcoming release my new novel, The Boy with the Butterfly Mind, I’m running a butterfly art competition for pupils in P4 to P7, and Year 4 to Year 6.

Make me a picture of your favourite butterfly, using any materials you prefer. Your butterfly can be drawn using pens, pencils, paints, crayons, or made with fabric, sequins, glitters, wool or even a collage – use your imagination!

All of the entries will be displayed at my book launch in September – details to follow soon!

Download the competition rules here:

Rules – Art Competition – The Boy with the Butterfly Mind

The closing date is Friday 12th July 2019.

Lots of great prizes to be won!


ANIMAL POETRY COMPETITION (CLOSED)

Hurriyah, the injured fox that Caylin and Reema find in the back garden of their block of flats, speaks in verse. She calls vehicles ‘monsters’, people ‘two-legged beasts’, houses ‘beast-boxes’ and the shed they are hiding behind the small box’.

If you could write a poem from the point of view of an animal, what animal would it be, and how would it talk? What interesting words would it use, and how would it see the world? Write a poem from the point of view of this animal, and see if other people in your class can guess which animal it is from the way it talks. Then send it to me for judging along with a silhouette drawing of your animal like the ones on the cover of The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle!

The Competition is open to all pupils in Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6 and Primary 7, or Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.

The top twenty entries will each win printed copy of the collected poems in booklet form and a certificate.

Twenty runners up will receive a certificate and fox pencil.

Closing date for entries is Monday 1st April 2019.


THE WINNERS!

See the winning entries here

 

THE RUNNERS UP

click here for a gallery of the runners up entries

Well done to the hundreds of P4-7/Year 4-6 pupils who took part in the animal poetry competition – it was very hard to judge as the standard of the entries was so high! As well as birds and animals that live in the jungle, forest, sea, savannah and mountains, there were also some mythological creatures described such as a dragon, a phoenix, a unicorn, and even Bigfoot!

Have a look at the entries below and see if you can find a poem about your favourite animal:

Click here for a gallery of the Poetry Competition entries


WHAT WOULD YOU BRING? COMPETITION (CLOSED)

Reema’s favourite item that she brought with her from Syria is the sea-green headscarf her brother bought for her birthday. Caylin also has a special item – the Applejack My Little Pony that reminds her of her grandad who gave it to her.

If you had to go and live in another country and could only bring one item with you, what would it be? Do you have a special item that means a lot to you? Tell me about it – what it is, whether you bought it yourself, if it was passed down to you, or someone else gave it to you. Why is it special?

The Competition is open to all pupils in Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6 and Primary 7, or Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.

The closing date is Friday 7th December 2018.


THE WINNERS

Five Winners will receive a soft toy fox or gazelle

THE RUNNERS UP

Ten Runners Up will receive a model fox or gazelle

HIGHLY COMMENDED ENTRIES

Ten Highly Commended entrants will receive a fox keyring

COMMENDED ENTRIES

Twenty-Five Commended entrants will receive a signed certificate and fox pencil

Click HERE TO SEE A GALLERY displaying all of the brilliant entries. Well done to everyone who took part!


TOP TRUMPS COMPETITION (CLOSED)

                Just some of the many entries!

        First place winner Melissa

                The finished Top Trump cards!

Well done to the hundreds of P4-P7 pupils who entered the Top Trumps Competition. Have a look at all of their great work below. It was very hard choosing the best stories as there were so many imaginative entries!

The winning ten entries and twenty-seven runners up who wrote the best stories had their character pictures used to design a pack of official ‘The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle’ Top Trumps cards. Each of the ten winners received a pack of these cards and a certificate, while the runners up received their own card and a certificate.

Well done to everyone who entered the competition for your hard work!

THE WINNERS!


THE RUNNERS UP!


Click HERE TO SEE A GALLERY showing some of your great entries, well done to everyone for taking part!


To celebrate the launch of the Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, I’m running a Top Trumps card competition for pupils in P5, P6 and P7.

Caylin Todd’ s name means ‘Fox Girl’, while Reema’s means ‘White Gazelle’ in Arabic. These are what their Top Trumps cards would look like:

When it comes to running, Caylin is slightly faster, which is why she has the top speed of 100, but Reema can keep running for longer, so she has the top score for stamina.

I would be The Scorpion, due to my long plait which some people have said looks a bit like a scorpion’s tail! This is what my Top Trumps card would look like: 

I’m hopeless at running, but as an author I’d like to think I’ve got a good imagination, so I’ve given myself the top score for this!

If you’d like to enter the competition to design your own Top Trumps card and win the chance to see it printed up for our official #FoxandGazelle Top Trumps card pack, download the rules and entry form below and enter today!

The competition is open to all Primary 5, Primary 6 and Primary 7 pupils in UK schools, and the closing date for entries is Tuesday 10th July 2018.