OECTA Young Authors Awards/Prix Jeunes Écrivains

1 PURPOSES

The purposes of the annual OECTA Young Authors Awards/Prix Jeunes Écrivains are
• to celebrate the writing talents of students and the teaching talents of their teachers
• to showcase the accomplishments of students and teachers

2 LANGUAGE, LEVELS, DIVISIONS AND CATEGORIES

There are three levels of competition: school, unit and provincial. The first place winners at each level advance to the next. Each level of competition consists of the following divisions and categories. These divisions and categories are the same for both the French and English tracts. Please note that in the past the French tract was further divided into Core, Extended and Immersion sub-categories, but these sub-categories have been merged to create the same
number of awards in English and French.
 

CONTEST DIVISIONS AND CATEGORIES

FOR BOTH ENGLISH AND FRENCH LANGUAGES

DIVISIONS CATEGORIES


JK and SK

  • Short Story
  • Poem
  • Nonfiction (e.g. reflection or report)

Grades 1–2

  • Short Story
  • Poem
  • Nonfiction (e.g. reflection or report)

Grades 3–4

  • Short Story
  • Poem
  • Nonfiction (e.g. reflection or report)

Grades 5 –6

  • Short Story
  • Poem
  • Nonfiction (e.g. reflection or report)

Grades 7–8

  • Short Story
  • Poem
  • Play
  • Nonfiction (e.g. essay or report)

Grades 9–10

  • Short Story
  • Poem
  • Play
  • Nonfiction (e.g. essay, article or report)

Grades 11–12

  • Short Story
  • Poem
  • Play
  • Nonfiction (e.g. essay, article or report)

 

YOUNG AUTHORS AWARDS • PRIX JEUNES ÉCRIVAINS
Competition Policies
and Procedures
2011–2012
 

3  ENTRY RULES

3.1 For the school level of competition, teachers must submit their classes’ entries to the OECTA school association representative by the school deadline, March 1, 2012. There are no limits on the number of entries at the school level of competition.

3.2 Two copies of each individual entry must be accompanied by the entry form, completed and stapled to the front cover of the entry. The cover sheet must be signed by the teacher.

3.3 Each school may submit one entry per category and division to the unit level of competition by the unit deadline, March 7, 2012. (For example: a single school may submit only one poem, one story, and one nonfiction piece from their Kindergarten division to the unit level of competion). The entry forms for school entries must be signed by the OECTA school association representative to indicate official approval at the school level.

3.4 Each unit may submit one entry per category and division to the provincial level of competition by the provincial deadline, April 8, 2012. The entry forms must be signed by the unit president or the president’s designated contact to indicate official approval by the unit.

3.5 All entries, except plays, must be the original work of a single author. Plays may be the original work of a group of students.

3.6 No entry may exceed 3000 words.

3.7 Verification signatures are required on the entry form at each level of competition. The teacher’s signature is required for all school level entries, the OECTA school association representative’s signature is required for the entries that advance to the unit level of competition, the unit president’s signature (or that of the unit’s contact designated by the president) is required for the entries selectedto go forward to the provincial level of competition.

3.8 Original hard copies of student work must be mailed or sent by courier to the provincial level of
competition. If copies are sent by facsimile to meet the deadline for submissions, originals must also
follow in the mail or by courier.
 

4 COMPETITION DEADLINES
Please note: All submissions must be received by the deadlines.
 

March 1, 2012 School deadline – Class Entries received by Staff Representatives
March 8, 2012 Unit deadline – School Entries received at Unit Office
April 6, 2012 Provincial deadline – Unit Entries received at Provincial Office
June 7, 8, 2012 June Council of Presidents – Provincial Winners announced

5 AWARDS
5.1 Provincial certificates will be issued to all provincial entries.
5.2 Provincial plaques will be issued to all provincial winners.
5.3 Provincial winners will be published in a commemorative book.
 

6 CRITERIA FOR SCORING
All entries will be judged on the basis of the criteria listed below which have been adapted from the achievement scales of the current language curriculum guidelines. The entries that exhibit the highest level of performance overall will be named winners.

Creativity: impact and originality
Reasoning: level of understanding, range and complexity of ideas
Communication: clarity of purpose and expression
Organization: control and complexity of form
Language conventions: range and control of vocabulary, grammar and employment

 

7 PROCEDURES FOR SELECTING WINNERS
7.1 The OECTA school association representative selects the winners at the school level. It is recommended that the OECTA school association representative establish a selection committee comprised of student, parent and teacher representatives to assist with the selection of the winners to advance to the unit level of competition.

7.2 The unit president or the unit contact person designated by the president selects the winners at the unit level. It is recommended that the president or the designated contact establish a selection committee comprised of representatives of the executive and OECTA school association representatives from more than one school to assist with the selection of the winners to advance to the provincial level of competition.

7.3 A provincial selection committee selects the provincial winners. The selection committee is comprised of classroom teachers representing different grades and OECTA units. A call for applicants to serve on the provincial selection committee will be posted on March 1, 2012.

8 EDITING POLICY
8.1 All forms of editing associated with the writing process approach to writing instruction are permitted and encouraged. Students may receive feedback and advice on their writing from their teachers, peers and parents. Teachers may note errors in writing, but should give any suggestions for corrections and improvement orally. Students should make corrections and improvements themselves. Students should be encouraged to use (Canadian) spell and grammar checks.

8.2 Winning entries will be edited further by the provincial selection committee before publication. Every effort will be made to change the works as little as possible and to correct errors without changing the level of sophistication of the writing. Submit your students’ writing to the contest through your OECTA School Association Representative with the completed Entry Form.

 

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