Win Children's Book Award

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Win Children's Book Award

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The Joy Cowley Children's Book Awards require new and unpublished stories for this year’s Book Awards. With that in mind I wrote two gorgeous children's stories, with the hope of submitting them for the competition.

Imagine your childhood experiences of exploring a beach with the sand, grass and coastal dunes shimmering in the noon-day heat. Imagine too what you felt like walking through native bush with its earthy tones, damp smells. These are the ideas I have in my two stories - bringing alive the places I loved as a child and retelling these stories from a child's perspective.

The submission deadline is October 31 2012, and I need help getting $200 for the submission fee and postage, printing, and of course Pledge Me's commission.

'If it’s so cheap why don't you just pay for it yourself?' you may ask - well living with a Auckland University student husband and two pre-schoolers on a student income has its drawbacks. Did I mention that I live in Hamilton with our two kids while he studies in Auckland?

So yeah, any pledge would be much appreciated!

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17/09/2012 at 6:48 AM

Thank you for reading my Pledge Me project. Thanks to the team at Pledge Me for giving me the chance to live a dream.

I had the wonderful Amy from the States beta-read my two stories and she gave great feed back and suggested word changes. I have read, re-read, and read out-loud, and re-written each story again and again. They have been going around my head - sometimes at 4.30 in the morning. Its been so wonderful to put my childhood memories down on paper in a form that my kids will always enjoy!

I know that I actually have a chance at one of the most prestigious Children's Books Awards in New Zealand. My writing is fabulous, and time and again I amaze myself at the imagery that is conjured up when I read each line. I am looking forward to publishing these two stories, and others in this same genre, whether through traditional publishing, or self-publishing online.

Any donation would be much appreciated.

An exerpt from 'Neptune's Necklace' by Joy Findlay

Sea snails, sea shells

Sitting on a sandy shore

Sea urchin, sea biscuits

Lying on the ocean floor

Green leaves, bright red

Christmas flowers out of reach

Tall trees, cool shade

All lined up along the beach

Jandles on, sunhat too

Drop the towel near Mum and Dad

Beach time, venture out

Exploration to be had

One paua, two cockles

Pretty sea shells that I glean

Three oysters, four pipi

Pick them up and brush them clean


Copyright 2012 Joy Findlay

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    Terry Ansell
    2012-10-15 17:20:30 +1300
    Terry Ansell
    2012-10-15 17:18:20 +1300
    Briar Hallam
    2012-10-04 17:05:02 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2012-10-02 22:21:38 +1300
    Ailex
    2012-09-25 18:53:19 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
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    Alexander Watts
    2012-09-19 09:34:15 +1200
    Esther Smith
    2012-09-12 20:30:06 +1200
    Jaimee Falconer
    2012-09-12 17:23:47 +1200

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    Win Children's Book Award

    Project 2012-09-10 05:52:20 +1200

    The Joy Cowley Children's Book Awards require new and unpublished stories for this year’s Book Awards. With that in mind I wrote two gorgeous children's stories, with the hope of submitting them for the competition.

    Imagine your childhood experiences of exploring a beach with the sand, grass and coastal dunes shimmering in the noon-day heat. Imagine too what you felt like walking through native bush with its earthy tones, damp smells. These are the ideas I have in my two stories - bringing alive the places I loved as a child and retelling these stories from a child's perspective.

    The submission deadline is October 31 2012, and I need help getting $200 for the submission fee and postage, printing, and of course Pledge Me's commission.

    'If it’s so cheap why don't you just pay for it yourself?' you may ask - well living with a Auckland University student husband and two pre-schoolers on a student income has its drawbacks. Did I mention that I live in Hamilton with our two kids while he studies in Auckland?

    So yeah, any pledge would be much appreciated!

    Comments

    Excerpts from stories

    17/09/2012 at 6:48 AM

    Thank you for reading my Pledge Me project. Thanks to the team at Pledge Me for giving me the chance to live a dream.

    I had the wonderful Amy from the States beta-read my two stories and she gave great feed back and suggested word changes. I have read, re-read, and read out-loud, and re-written each story again and again. They have been going around my head - sometimes at 4.30 in the morning. Its been so wonderful to put my childhood memories down on paper in a form that my kids will always enjoy!

    I know that I actually have a chance at one of the most prestigious Children's Books Awards in New Zealand. My writing is fabulous, and time and again I amaze myself at the imagery that is conjured up when I read each line. I am looking forward to publishing these two stories, and others in this same genre, whether through traditional publishing, or self-publishing online.

    Any donation would be much appreciated.

    An exerpt from 'Neptune's Necklace' by Joy Findlay

    Sea snails, sea shells

    Sitting on a sandy shore

    Sea urchin, sea biscuits

    Lying on the ocean floor

    Green leaves, bright red

    Christmas flowers out of reach

    Tall trees, cool shade

    All lined up along the beach

    Jandles on, sunhat too

    Drop the towel near Mum and Dad

    Beach time, venture out

    Exploration to be had

    One paua, two cockles

    Pretty sea shells that I glean

    Three oysters, four pipi

    Pick them up and brush them clean


    Copyright 2012 Joy Findlay
      Terry Ansell
      2012-10-15 17:20:30 +1300
      Terry Ansell
      2012-10-15 17:18:20 +1300
      Briar Hallam
      2012-10-04 17:05:02 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-10-02 22:21:38 +1300
      Ailex
      2012-09-25 18:53:19 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-09-25 18:52:06 +1200
      Alexander Watts
      2012-09-19 09:34:15 +1200
      Esther Smith
      2012-09-12 20:30:06 +1200
      Jaimee Falconer
      2012-09-12 17:23:47 +1200

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