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Sunflower (Complementary Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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Sunflower
The first thing I heard was silence, broken by the sound of quiet beeping.
The first thing I felt was the softness of fabric, and tightness around some parts of me.
The first thing I smelt was a sharp scent that I could dimly remember… Antibiotics?
The first sound that emitted from me was uneven [...]

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Soliloquy (Complementary Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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Soliloquy
Once upon a time, in a land not so far far away, perched on a hill, there was a house. 
Once upon a time, in a land not so far far away, inside the house, there was a room.
Once upon a time, in a land not so far far away, inside the room, there was a [...]

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Road to The White House (Complementary Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE: MY OWN 2012 ELECTION VICTORY
Ever since I watched my first Republican primary debate on CNN, I’ve been sucked into the political machine.
I had signed up for a Northwestern University Center for Talent Development summer “Apogee” program that only fifth to eighth graders could attend, where I was going [...]

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Alone (Complementary Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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Alone
Time. Scientists say time runs at the same speed all over the world. On that dreadful day, time did not do what it was said to do. At first all came at such a rush, then all of a sudden, reality hit me, overwhelming me with the truth.
It all just happened so fast. Too [...]

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2012 (Complementary Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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2012
 

300BC, Rome
A sudden blue flash and it was all over. A group of 30 armed people with guns from the year 2050 materialized on the ground of what would be, years later, the coliseum. One man stood in front of the whole group and addressed them. A bald man stood beside him. The bald [...]

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“The Human Flaw” (3rd Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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“The Human Flaw”
Her breath came in transparent wisps, coiling and prancing in the cold air. Light precipitation had begun to sprinkle down on the sidewalk. Patty Seymour picked up her pace, her high-heels clacking against the concrete, in sync with the rapid heartbeat pulsating through her veins. Gripping her clutch tightly to her side, her [...]

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Getting Up (3rd Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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Getting Up
The famous tennis star had his back towards the ESPN reporter, looking intently at a photo on the wall. The reporter impatiently chewed on the edge of his pencil, and cleared his throat loudly, “Andy Murray?”
The room they were in was filled with sunlight. It was spacious and airy, with cream-colored walls lined with [...]

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Blending In (3rd Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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Blending In
Someone was carving my heart with a knife. But the funny thing was that it didn’t hurt as much as it did on my last day of school.  Fresh tears started swelling in my eyes, but I forced them back. I didn’t want anyone in the airport to see me crying like a 3-year-old. [...]

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Elliot’s Adventure (2nd Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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Elliot’s Adventure
Intoxicating. The air swirled with the floral scent of poppies as men and women lied languorously among the plush cushions in vivid colours. Hazy blue wisps of smoke danced in the feeble oil lamplight.
It was the twenty first of December, 2011. A velvety layer of crisp white snow blanketed the ground outside. A wind [...]

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2012 and a Flash (Complementary Prize -10-12 years)

March, 2013
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2012 and a Flash 
A number, a time, a place, a year, a code, a mix-up, or maybe I’m insane.
I wake up to the flashing, and this time it is red. Not a vivid red, like the colour of roses or the gleam of a ruby pendant, but a murky red corrupted with a deceiving gray. [...]

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Remembered, Mourned, Honored (1st Prize - 10-12 years)

March, 2013
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Remembered, Mourned, Honored
Ever since Ellie’s father came back from war, everything he had once been, a jolly, smiling man, was gone. It was replaced by anger, bitterness and a scowl. He had never used any polite words anymore. He didn’t laughed that booming laugh of his. In fact, right after he came back home, he [...]

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The Elephant and the Banana Peel (Complementary Prize - Under 9 years)

March, 2013
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The Elephant and the Banana Peel
One Sunday afternoon a very hungry elephant was sitting in his cage at the zoo.  He saw a banana peel and charged for it, but it flopped away. The banana peel slipped right through the elephant’s cage.  But did that stop the elephant?  On no, it did not.  That elephant [...]

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Sacred Miracle of 2012 (Complementary Prize - Under 9 years)

March, 2013
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Sacred Miracle of 2012
On 2012, I had the greatest surprise! I nearly lost my greatest treasure! The door opens now……
It was a sunny Saturday morning. My dad was on a business trip, and my mom was at the bank paying money for stuff. I was in the living room by myself on the couch reading [...]

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Cinderella’s Hair Styles (Complementary Prize - Under 9 years)

March, 2013
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Cinderella’s Hair Styles
Cinderella is a 6-year-old girl with long hair who loves Princess Cinderella. She has read lots of princess stories. She likes Cinderella the best. She always wares dresses and always spills her hair on her shoulders. She even has a pair of crystal shoes. So she thinks she is a real princess.
In school, [...]

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APOCALYPSE 2012? (Complementary Prize - Under 9 years)

March, 2013
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APOCALYPSE 2012?

PROLOGUE
The ancient Mayans of Mexico predicted that the sun will explode and the world as we know it would end on 22 December 2012. Some smart people even made a movie of what they thought were going to happen and made a pile. As it turns out, the world did NOT end. Here is [...]

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