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The Release Of The Result Of The Rising Star Writing Competition Season 6!

The Release of the Result of the Rising Star Writing Competition Season 6!

We are delighted to announce the results of the Rising Star Writing Competition Season 6 to the general public. The theme for this season was Our New World. Interestingly, we received the highest number of entries since the commencement of the competition in 2016: a whopping 1841 entries. We greatly commend schools and individuals that have embarked on this journey with us. Let us also point out that 394 of the entries were disqualified for reasons ranging from being entirely not a creative work to outrightly diverting from the purpose. After a painstaking assessment process, 6 winners emerged in both the primary and secondary categories. Details of the winners have been published on our website and social media pages. It is our tradition to open entries for short stories and poetry categories but we opened only for the short story category this year as we have observed that more children pander towards poetry.

Considering the news of the Covid-19 third wave, the Award Presentation Ceremony will hold separately at the school of each winner: the winners and schools will be duly informed. This measure is inevitable for us to control crowd, abide by Covid-19 protocol, and yet celebrate our winners. Although the entries were quite fantastic, the judges unanimously observed that most of the entries were below the ideal standard of a winning RSWC entry. It is our earnest expectation to receive mind-blowing entries, see African writers bloom; and we would like to use this avenue to encourage literacy teachers to put in more effort in teaching children and building them strong in writing and sustaining rich narratives.

We appreciate everyone and every school that participated this year. We hope, in no distant time, to compile and publish all the winning entries as well as anthology of all the poems by the Writers Corner. The organisers of this competition have the unrestricted rights to publish competition entries in any format at any time and/or be used as promotional material.

We are most grateful to all our sponsors for believing and sharing this vision with us over the years, and working with us to hunt for these young writers in a bid to inspire them and populate the Nigerian community with great writers.

Here are the details of the winners:

PRIMARY CATEGORY

1st Place Winner

Aaliyah Tijani

University of Lagos Staff School

2nd Place Winner

Ikejide Chinaza Anthonia

Ivy Leagues Montessori, Lagos

3rd Place Winner

Ekene Happiness Ebube

Pafic Nursery & Primary School, Lagos

SECONDARY SCHOOL CATEGORY

1st Place Winner

Gabriel Okwundu

Princeton College, Surulere, Lagos

2nd Place Winner

Oluwanifise Adeleye

Livingspring High School, Ajah, Lagos

3rd Place Winner

Ogundare Miracle Flora Schools, Lagos

A hearty congratulations to all the contestants that participated in this competition. You are all winners, and we are proud of you! We should all bear in mind that the goal of this competition, a part of children’s formal education, is to equip them with writing skills, writing tools, efficacy beliefs, and intrinsic interest to empower themselves in a variety of pursuits in writing throughout your lifetime.

We will continue to work with Class Teachers and Literacy Teachers to discover and hone the writing skills of our young ones. Please reach out to us on therisingstarwritingawards@gmail.com or thewriterscorner2015@gmail.com for in-person and virtual creative writing training.

Sincerely

Uche Udoji

RSWCA Project Coordinator

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