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A LESSON - LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition 2017-2018

November, 2017
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LittleStar CISB Short Story Competition

2017-2018

Theme: A LESSON

Everyone has lessons to learn. As students, we have all had many memorable lessons at school – a lesson that you love, a lesson that you hate, and a lesson that you will remember for a long time. As a person, we also learn lessons from life. Lessons in life are awesome, because of the change they can make in our hearts.

Entry Requirements

Short stories: 2,000 words maximum (no minimum); the title is not included in the word count.

Entries must be the sole work of the entrant, must not have been published (including self-published) on any form of online or offline media, and must not have been used in any other competition.

Entry Format

Entries must be in English, with pages numbered, and the word count and entrant’s name noted at the top of the first page. The filename for online entries must be: the title of the entry + byline of the author’s name + age level + school name (E.g. A Lesson Forever by Alice_16_CISB). The submitted file must be a Word document, single-spaced, and with text aligned to the left. Preferred font of the text is Times New Roman, size 12. No corrections can be made following submission. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification. All entries must be submitted online at www.internationalschool.info/littlestar/competition/shortstory

Attention: Due to sudden technical failure with online submission, please email us your story entry at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com
LittleStar will reply to confirm!

Eligibility

The competition is open to all international school students in China, competing in four age groups:

·       Group I: 9 years old and under

·       Group II: 10-12 years old

·       Group III: 13-15 years old

·       Group IV: 16-18 years old

Deadline for submission

Closing date for submission of online entries is 15 January 2018… EXTENDED to January 25 due to technical failure with online submission.

Prizes

There will be ONE 1st prize winner; TWO 2nd prize winners; and THREE 3rd prize winners for each age group.

In addition, LittleStar Magazine will award the grand prize of the latest Apple iPad to one student writer of LittleStar’s choice. The winner will also have the opportunity to do an internship at LittleStar Magazine.

Assessment

The competition will be unbiased and judged fairly. The leading judge for this year’s short story competition will be a published author from the US, UK or Canada (name to be confirmed in January 2017). Other judges will include LittleStar editors and invited English teachers and librarians from participating international schools.

The judges’ decision is final and there will be no individual appeal process.

Results

The final results and winners’ list will be released on the LittleStar website before 31 March 2018. Winners of the competition will also be notified by email by LittleStar Magazine.

Prize Winners/Awards Ceremony

All winners will be invited to the Grand Awards Ceremony in Beijing in March 2018, where the prizes will be awarded. The list of prizewinners will be posted on the short story competition website (www.starshortstory.com) and LittleStar website (www.internationalschool.info) before the Awards Ceremony.

Anthology

A special anthology of winning short stories will be printed before the Awards Ceremony in March 2018. Each entrant for the competition, as well as participating schools, will receive a certain number of copies.

Copyright

Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but LittleStar Magazine will reserve the right to publish the winning poems and stories (including runners up) in the annual anthology along with any relevant promotional material.

 

 

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  1. Kaitlyn Fan
    January 2nd, 2018 at 03:14 | #1

    I have problem uploading the short story for the competition. It seems that your server has some problems. Could your IT take a look?

  2. January 2nd, 2018 at 15:58 | #2

    Hi, please email us your story entry to: littlestarmagazine@qq.com

    Thanks!!

  3. Kaitlyn Fan
    January 3rd, 2018 at 08:08 | #3

    Sure, I will do that. Thank you!

  4. Charlie Leung
    January 14th, 2018 at 11:28 | #4

    Hi, I’m Hiu Ching Charlie Leung, I sent my entry yesterday at around 5:00PM, my file name is “Tests by Charlie Leung_11_YCIS”,the page did say submit was successful, however, I still haven’t received an e-mail your confirmation receipt of entries, I’m worried that you still haven’t received my entry.

  5. Catherine Zhang
    January 14th, 2018 at 20:38 | #5

    I have problem uploading the short story for the competition.
    pls kindly be noted that I have mailed to the e-mail address littlestarmagazine@qq.com as mentioned above.
    pls confirm your receipt. Thank you.

  6. Bernard
    January 14th, 2018 at 22:53 | #6

    I have just uploaded the file, but not sure if it’s been sent through or not. will there be an email confirmation of the story being well received? Thanks.

  7. January 15th, 2018 at 09:05 | #7

    Hi Bernard,
    Thanks for joining us in the competition!
    Today is the deadline. We will start sending out email confirmations to everyone before this Friday.
    Best regards,

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  8. January 15th, 2018 at 09:07 | #8

    Hi Catherine,
    I think we have received the story entry.
    Thanks for joining us!!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  9. January 15th, 2018 at 09:08 | #9

    Hi Charlie,
    Are you from YCIS Beijing or YCIS Shanghai?
    We will send out email confirmations to everyone before this Friday.
    Let us know when you receive it.
    Thanks for joining us!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  10. Charlie Leung
    January 15th, 2018 at 16:17 | #10

    Hi,I am from YCIS Beijing, thank you

  11. h.zhang
    January 15th, 2018 at 16:51 | #11

    I have just uploaded a story “Elizabeth and her Jealous Feeling”. I am not sure if you have received the file.

  12. January 15th, 2018 at 20:06 | #12

    Hi, which school are you from? Which age group?
    We will send out email confirmations to everyone by this Friday.

    Thanks for joining us!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  13. Amy
    January 15th, 2018 at 21:47 | #13

    One, two, three go! One rabbit and one tortoise were having a running competition. The rabbit thought she must be the winner, because the tortoise is much slower than her.In the beginning, the rabbit ran very fast, but the tortoise was really slow. Everyone thought the rabbit would be the winner, but the ending was unexpected! The rabbit ran so fast that she dropped the tortoise far behind, so she wanted to have a rest, she thought the time would come, she fell asleep soundly. The tortoise was slow, but he was sedate. The rabbit slept so well that he didn’t know the tortoise would win the competition. The tortoise won the final victory with unremitting efforts!
    The story taught us a good lesson, success belongs to the persevering! Don’t be as proud as that rabbit.

  14. Bradley Xu
    January 15th, 2018 at 22:37 | #14

    Hello. I submitted my essay and the screen displayed Successfully Submitted, but I have not received a confirmation email yet. Should I resubmit it? Thank you!

  15. Bradley Xu
    January 15th, 2018 at 22:43 | #15

    My essay is named “A Fateful Slip”, and I am aged 15 years old. I am from Shanghai American School (SAS). Please kindly notify me if you did not receive my essay. Thanks.

  16. January 15th, 2018 at 22:58 | #16

    Hi Bradley,

    We’ll send out email confirmations to everyone by this Friday.

    And please follow us on WeChat to receive further notice too: littlestarmagazine

    Thanks for joining us!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  17. Josephine Chang
    January 16th, 2018 at 07:51 | #17

    Hi,
    I am in 4th grade but I only see Soong Ching Ling Kindergarten listed under the schools. I don’t see Soong Ching Ling Primary School. Is this the correct school to choose?

  18. Bernard
    January 19th, 2018 at 17:05 | #18

    Pls be noted I have not received any confirmation from you by now…

  19. Micah Rice
    January 19th, 2018 at 17:19 | #19

    Hi! I just wanted to make sure you got my story. Haven’t received any confirmation yet, so I’m just a little nervous. It’s titled ‘A Mother’s Melody’. Thanks!

  20. Jessica
    January 19th, 2018 at 17:41 | #20

    Hi, I submitted Evgeny’s essay(“A lesson”, 9 years old) on January 15th and the screen displayed it was successfully submitted. However, I also haven’t received the confirmation email from you yet.

  21. January 20th, 2018 at 19:52 | #21

    Attention: We have found a serious technical failure with the online submission at our website. We are so sorry that we cannot find your story.. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday.
    Thank you for understanding and support!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  22. January 20th, 2018 at 19:52 | #22

    Attention: We are so sorry that we cannot find your story.. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday.
    Thank you for understanding and support!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  23. January 20th, 2018 at 19:52 | #23

    Attention: We cannot find your story.. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday.
    Thank you for understanding and support!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  24. January 20th, 2018 at 19:53 | #24

    Attention: We have found a serious technical failure with the online submission at our website. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday.
    Thank you for understanding and support!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  25. January 20th, 2018 at 19:54 | #25

    Attention: Due to a serious technical failure with the online submission at our website. We are so sorry that we cannot find your story.. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com
    before next Wednesday! Thank you!!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  26. January 20th, 2018 at 19:55 | #26

    Hi, we found a serious technical failure with the online submission at our website. We are so sorry that we cannot find your story.. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday. Thank you for understanding!!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  27. January 20th, 2018 at 19:56 | #27

    Hi, We cannot find your submitted story.. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday.
    Thank you for understanding and support!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  28. January 20th, 2018 at 19:57 | #28

    Hi, it seems there is something wrong with the online submission at our website. We are so sorry that we cannot find your story.. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday. Thank you!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  29. January 20th, 2018 at 19:57 | #29

    Hi, we just found a serious technical failure with the online submission at our website. We are so sorry that we cannot find your story.. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday. Thank you!!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  30. January 20th, 2018 at 19:58 | #30

    Hi Charlie, we cannot find your submitted story.. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday.
    Thank you for understanding and support!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  31. January 20th, 2018 at 19:59 | #31

    Hi Catherine, we also noticed a serious technical failure with the online submission at our website. Please email it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com before next Wednesday.
    Thank you for understanding and support!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  32. January 20th, 2018 at 20:00 | #32

    Hi Josephine, we will add your school quickly.
    Meanwhile, please EMAIL your story entry to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com
    Thanks for joining us!!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  33. Cynthia Wang
    January 21st, 2018 at 15:13 | #33

    Hello, I submitted my short story on Friday, January 15th. Even though I’ve successfully submitted my short story (”Her Violin”), I still haven’t received a confirmation email yet. Should I email my short story to you instead? Thank you!

  34. January 21st, 2018 at 21:52 | #34

    HI Cynthia,

    We just found a system malfunction with the online submission last week… just fixed it.
    But still WE NEED YOU TO EMAIL your story entry to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com

    Thanks for joining us!!

    XING, LittleStar Magazine

  35. Lucy Collinson
    January 23rd, 2018 at 14:02 | #35

    Hello, I submitted my short story (”Walls of the Hive”) around 11pm at Thursday, January 14th. The system did not show that I had submitted the first time, so I submitted the same story again on the 15th (so perhaps you have two identical copies of my story). The website showed the “successfully submitted” notice, but I still have not received a confirmation email. Should I email my short story to you instead? Thank you!

  36. January 23rd, 2018 at 14:26 | #36

    Hi Lucy,
    I am afraid we didn’t receive your story entry from online.
    Please EMAIL it to us at: littlestarmagazine@qq.com
    Thanks!!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  37. Cynthia Wang
    January 25th, 2018 at 21:18 | #37

    Hi, I emailed my short story (”Her Violin”) to you on Monday, January 22nd, yet I still haven’t received a confirmation email yet. Should I email my short story to you again? Thank you!

  38. Jasmine Chopra
    January 25th, 2018 at 22:40 | #38

    Hi
    I submitted my son’s short story on your website on 15th Jan and sent the email to
    littlestarmagazine@qq.com. please confirm if you received his entry. Thank you.

    A powerful lesson on thankfulness by Vinayak Chopra, 10yrs, Concordia International School Shanghai

  39. Jasmine Chopra
    January 25th, 2018 at 22:41 | #39

    Hi
    I submitted my son’s short story on your website on 15th Jan and sent the email to
    littlestarmagazine@qq.com. please confirm if you received his entry.
    A powerful lesson on thankfulness by Vinayak Chopra, 10yrs, Concordia International School Shanghai

  40. January 26th, 2018 at 00:43 | #40

    Hi Jasmine,

    We got the story entry, thank you!

    Xing, LittleStar Magazine

  41. Rosalind
    February 8th, 2018 at 19:21 | #41

    Hi, I’m XueFei (Rosalind) Liu,
    I have sent my story a month ago but havent got the email of entry yet. My email is rosalind.l@icloud.com. I just noticed I have to send it to you on email today cuz my Wi-Fi wasn’t working. Have you received my entry? A Life Lesson by XueFei_12_BISS.

  42. Rosalind
    February 8th, 2018 at 20:56 | #42

    Dear Sir/Madame,

    I’m XueFei (Rosalind) Liu, entering from Beijing BISS International School in group II, 10-12 yrs old. My short story’s name is: A Life Lesson by XueFei_12_BISS
    I have sent my short story on January 12th, 2018 in your online submission URL. My email address is: rosalind.l@icloud.com.

    At that time, there was no emergency attention that I need to submit my story via email. Today, I just saw it on the website that I need to send my story via email.
    I have not gotten any notification or email saying that my entry has been confirmed. So I’m not sure if you have gotten my submission online. Just then I have sent my short story via email again moments earlier.

    May I get your help on my short story entry? Is there anyway that I can still participate in this competition? You help is very much appreciated from my mentor and I.

    Best Regards,
    XueFei (Rosalind) Liu

  43. Debra Lee
    February 21st, 2018 at 14:24 | #43

    Hello, I have sent a short essay in January, before the due date, but I have just read today about the technical difficulty that has happened which resulted in having to send it through email. I did not know until i have visited the website. So could you check if you have received an essay with the title “Appreciation by Debra_13_HIS”? I did not send it through email, but have submitted it online twice. If you have not recieved, I have sent it through email.

  44. Luke
    February 26th, 2018 at 13:26 | #44

    Hi when will the results of the competition be published?

  45. February 28th, 2018 at 21:54 | #45

    Hi Luke, the judging results will be out in mid March.
    We will announce it on the website, and on our WeChat.

    Thanks!

  46. Debra Lee
    March 24th, 2018 at 21:07 | #46

    Hello, what is little star’s WeChat id?

  47. Jasmine
    March 28th, 2018 at 21:25 | #47

    Hi, when will the results be announced?

  48. joy collinson
    April 1st, 2018 at 12:19 | #48

    Please could you tell us where to find the winner list for this competition, thank you.

  49. Bernard
    April 4th, 2018 at 11:57 | #49

    I saw the winner lists for Group I/III/IV, but not for Group II. Is it posted yet? Thanks.

  50. April 12th, 2018 at 18:42 | #50

    What is story?

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