Students from North Vancouver and Brampton win Ripple Foundation’s annual national creative Kids Write 4 Kids contest for youth in grades 4-8
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National education charity, Ripple Foundation, today announces Tvisha Lakhani, Grade 7, (Mount Pleasant Village Public School, Brampton, ON) and Brynne Storey, Grade 4, (Brooksbank Elementary School, North Vancouver, BC) as dual-winners of its eighth Canada-wide Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K) 2019/20 creative writing challenge.
Tvisha’s novel, ‘Through the Mirror’, journeys with protagonist Nicole Leblanc through her discovery of a magic portal to a distant kingdom, where she is charged with a crime she didn’t commit, and has only a few hours to prove her innocence. The book will soon be officially published, and all book sale proceeds will be donated to a charity of Tvisha’s choice.
Brynne’s novel, ‘The Sheeps’ Journey’, was inspired by a photo of a rainbow sheep and imagines what life would be like for a regular sheep in a world of rainbow sheep and some of the dangers they might face. The book will soon be officially published, and all book sale proceeds will be donated to a charity of Brynne’s choice.
This year’s writing contest’s judging panel consisted of three previous KW4K competition winners and nine other renowned panelists, including The Globe and Mail’s Book Editor, Judith Pereira, children’s book columnist, Jeffrey Canton and Associate Producer at CBC Books and Canada Reads, Jane van Koeverden. Submitted stories were rated on creativity, originality, story structure, and the quality of writing.
Commenting on the judging process, Jeffrey Canton said: "What I especially admired about Through the Mirror and The Sheeps' Journey was the strong voices of the young writers and how well they managed their stories - things made sense all the way through, and the writers all had control of their material - I was both engaged and interested in what they were saying and I certainly felt that they were not only well-written but truly creative.”
KW4K is a nationwide contest where students (in grades 4-8) from across the country go head to head with their creative stories in grades 4 - 8 and is the only competition of its kind that gives Canadian youth the opportunity to become published writers before highschool. The program launched in 2012 and 15 books has been published by child authors since.
Ivy Wong, Founder of Ripple Foundation, said. “Every year we receive so many amazing, heart-warming stories from super talented youth across the country. I know it’s a very tough - and long - process for the judges to come to a decision because of this. Tvisha and Brynne’s stories really stood out from the crowd, and we are all excited about the next publishing stage in the process.
“We look forward to welcoming even more talented young writers to the competition opening in Fall 2020!”
The 10 Runners Up included:
- The Adventure by Robin Xiao, Grade 5 (Southridge School, Surrey, BC)
- The Angry Llama by Claire Littler, Grade 4, (Bowmore Public School, ON)
- The Chickadees’ Voices by Svenya Lamertz, Grade 7, (St. Joseph’s Elementary School, BC)
- The Cursed Book by Audrey Dunn, Grade 6, (West Oaks French Immersion Public School, ON)
- How Elephant Got its Large Ears by Maya Chiara D`Alfonso, Grade 7, (Adjala Central Public School, ON)
- The Village of Thorn by Lucy Hurst, Grade 6, (John William Boich Public School, ON)
- Supernatural Sid’s Magic Ink by Nediva Dissanayake, Grade 7, (Mount Pleasant Village Public School, ON)
- Woods of Time by Ashley Levine, Grade 7, (Julie Payette Public School, ON)
About Ripple Foundation
Ripple Foundation is a charitable organization based in Toronto that aims to empower the next generation of leaders by fostering creativity and cultivating a passion for reading and writing in youth across Canada. By advocating for creativity in children and their education through our specially developed literacy programs, we are teaching Canadian youth the benefits of creativity in their current and future lives, helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow. Visit ripplefoundation.ca to learn more about our programs.
About Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K)
The Kids Write 4 Kids program is an annual national creative writing challenge that encourages children and youth in grades 4-8 to submit original stories for a chance to become a published author. Each year, a panel of judges selects a story (or stories) submitted to the competition to be published both in print and digital format, available for the world to read. The KW4K program has been running since 2012 and is Ripple Foundation’s signature program. To date, 15 titles by youth authors have been published worldwide. View all titles at ripplefoundation.ca/books