Young Authors’ Competition 2021 Winners Announced!

Young Authors’ Competition 2021 Winners Announced!

Young Authors’ Competition 2021 Winners Announced!

Many congratulations to everyone who sent a short story or poem into the 2021 Fonetti Young Authors’ Competition, and thanks to every parent, carer and teacher that supported the creative process.

There really were so many astonishing entries from the UK and around the world, that it made the judging decisions very difficult!

Today, we’re delighted to announce our winners, the runner ups and a collection of authors whose work was highly commended by the judges! We’ll be in touch with the winners shortly about prizes.

Well done to everyone who took part, keep writing, keep dreaming, keep going!

Winners 2021

Short Story (up to 9 years)

Arthur Haskell – The Trapped Miner

Short Story (10+ years)

Sajaan Amrith – The Unexpected Visitor

Poem (up to 9 years)

Sarah Mirkin – Corona Corona

Poem (10+ years)

Katie Thorpe – Flanders Field

Runner Ups 2021

Short Story (up to 9 years)

Avyaya Iyer – Gyana and the Wizard

Short Story (10+ years)

Megan Warry – Got a bone to pick

Poem (up to 9 years)

Niamh Davidson & Ethan Boyd – Friendships

Poem (10+ years)

Kayla-Ann Thomason – Nasty Spider

Highly Commended 2021

Short Story (up to 9 years)

Lucy Freegard – The Explorer

Short Story (10+ years)

Evie McCulloch – A day in the life of…

Poem (up to 9 years)

Atamandike Chabuka – The Trees

Sajali Amrishka – The Old Man

Ellis Crossley – Coronavirus

Rachel MacNeil – Friendship

Niamh Davidson – Family

Poem (10+ years)

Owen MacNeil – Friendships

Forbes Little, Logan Sinclair, Josh Dealtry – Pool Party

Jude Aldrich S. Allaga – Something Better, Something New

Jude Aldrich S. Allaga – Tiny Speck

Ray Taylor – Poem about Summer

 

Thanks to our esteemed panel of judges with their help, insight and wisdom in judging the competition this year. We were delighted to hear their feedback about the richness of vocabulary, abundant creativity, inspiring imagination and brilliant humour in the entries.

Thanks to (L-R) Martin Roberts, Kirsty Crommie, Christina Gabbitas, Donavan Christopher (aka Rappaman) and Suzie Lavington for supporting so many young authors on their writing journey.

Thank you to all our Young Authors

Thank you to all our Young Authors

Thank you to all our Young Authors

The 2021 Fonetti Young Authors’ Competition, has now closed for entries. Thank you to every single young author, parent and teacher who took part. 

We’ve received so many brilliant stories and poems, and can’t wait to announce the prize winners on 12 July. We’ll shout it from the rooftops, our website and on our social channels.

Everyone who wrote or contributed to a story or poem is absolutely a winner in our eyes (although the judges will decide who will win the actual prizes). We know it can be daunting to take that first step, so very well done, and thank you, for taking part.

 

Fonetti at Selby Children’s Literature Festival

Fonetti at Selby Children’s Literature Festival

iPad with logo of The Selby Childrens Literature Festival

Fonetti at Selby Children’s Literature Festival

We’re delighted to support The Selby Children’s Literature Festival at Selby Abbey on Saturday 19th June.

Vicki and Kim look forward to meeting young readers and budding authors alike, and talking to children and parents about their favourite books and authors.

Says Vicki, “If you are planning to come along, and we hope you are, please come and see us and try out Fonetti reading platform.”

The Literature Festival is taking place from June 17 – June 19 and was established, in 2016, by well-known author, Christina Gabbitas.  The first two days are dedicated to school use whilst the Saturday is open to everyone.

Guest authors include: Nick Toczeck, Paul Cookson, James Nicol, Tom Palmer, Donavan Christopher (A.K.A. Rappaman), Liz Million, Ursula Hurst who will be joined by Christina.

Both Christina and Donavan are also judges in our Young Authors’ Competition, and Christina’s brilliant books can be found on Fonetti.

As part of the festivities, we’re sponsoring a competition to find the Selby Children’s Literature Festival logo, hidden in one of the Fonetti, free to read, books. 

Children simply need to

  1. Download the Fonetti App (in Google Play or the App Store)
  2. Look for the hidden Selby Children’s Literature Festival logo
  3. Once found, send the name of the book the logo is located in, together with the page number, or a screen shot, to Selby@fonetti.com.

Entries should be received no later than 11.59pm on Saturday June 26, when they will be entered into the prize draw, with the winners announced on Wednesday June 30, by Christina Gabbitas, through Fonetti’s social media platforms.  Individual winners will receive an email confirmation.

  1. First prize is an Android tablet together with a twelve-month subscription to Fonetti. 
  2. Second prize is a twelve months subscription to Fonetti.
  3. The third prize, is a six-month subscription to Fonetti.
Group of children in school uniforms

Says Christina Gabbitas, “There are over 350 literature festivals in the UK, with less than 10% solely dedicated to children. At Children’s Literature Festivals, we want to make festivals and books more accessible for all and is why we are so very excited about the continuing success of The Selby Children’s Literature Festival.

“With over 200,000 children predicted to leave school in July, without reaching their expected level for reading, for their age, getting children to read, and finding enjoyment in it, is priceless and we hope that the festival this year in particular, will encourage that.”  

Thank you to all our Young Authors

Fonetti Young Authors’ Competition 2021 Launch

Fonetti Young Authors’ Competition 2021 Launch

The 2021 Fonetti Young Authors’ Competition, is now open.

This is the second year the competition has run. Winners will not only receive a signed book from judge Christina Gabbitas, a signed copy of Clare Balding’s latest book, ‘Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going’… they’ll also, most importantly, become the published author of a beautifully illustrated digital book! 

The competition is available to children in two age groups – up to 9 years old and 10-18 years old.

Submissions can focus on any topic and can take the form of either prose (up to 500 words) or poetry (up to 100 words).

And, this year, entries can be from individuals, small groups or, entire schoolroom classes.

Submissions should be emailed to competitions@fonetti.com before midnight on Friday July 2nd, 2021, and the winners will be announced on the Fonetti website and across social media, on Monday July 12th, 2021 by Fonetti Brand Ambassador and national treasure, Clare Balding OBE.

Our 2021 judges are:

  • author Christina Gabbitas;
  • television presenter and author, Martin Roberts;
  • author Donavan Christopher (aka Rappaman);
  • teacher and blogger, Kirsty Crommie, and,
  • author Suzie Lavington.

Says Kim Antoniou, CEO of AurisTech/Fonetti, “Last year we were inundated with entries.  It was phenomenal to read so many super stories and to have winners from as young as six years old, who are now, themselves, published authors on Fonetti.  So, we have high hopes again this time.

“We are passionate about the ability for all children to be able to enjoy the experience of reading aloud and the creativity that follows this process.

“We hope to unleash children’s creativity, amazing imagination and perhaps, encourage some of them to become the children’s story authors, artists and illustrators of the future.”

We wish everyone the very best of luck.

Education Resources Award FINALISTS 2021

Education Resources Award FINALISTS 2021

Education Resources Award FINALISTS 2021

We are delighted to be finalists in the BESA Education Resources Awards for 2021, in the Primary Resource or Equipment – ICT category. With 22 categories this year, we’re proud to sit amongst some brilliant school suppliers such as Doodle Learning, Harper Collins, Hodder Education, Oxford University Press, and LGfL.

The judges were highly impressed by the creativity and professionalism of the submissions received.

The award winners will be announced at 3pm on Friday 21st May, at an online awards ceremony. We’ll be watching and trying not to bite our nails, and wish every finalist the very best of luck.