And you know what that means … it’s time to announce the winners of the 2012 Alphabet Soup Creativity Award!
MOST OUTSTANDING ARTWORK—Daniel Hayes, 10, WA
The judge’s comments: This painting captures the drama of a long, dark arctic winter. Imagine this lonely polar bear waiting months and months for the sun to rise again! Despite being immersed in the freezing gloom, the artist has given the bear and her iceberg a magical inner glow.
Daniel wins $50 from the Book Chook, an art appraisal with James Foley, and a copy of James Foley’s book In the Lion.
MOST OUTSTANDING STORY—Simon Bird, 11, WA
THE STRANGE CLOUD OF MIST
It’s night time, thought Jake. I hate night time. Jake was lying on his bed, looking out the dark window. He was 11 years old and had brown hair and eyes.
Jake heard some spray and saw the window cover in water drops.
‘What was that?’ he asked himself. He jumped out of his covers and sneaked towards the window. It wasn’t rain because it was only a quick burst of misty water. Jake opened the window and stuck his head out. He saw a large cloud of mist swirling around his neighbourhood.
Strange … Jake thought. It must be a dream … I’ll pinch myself. Jake pinched himself hard and closed his eyes. When he opened them again, he was in his bed and it was morning, yet the window was still covered in misty water.
Jake hopped out of bed and hobbled down the stairs. His breakfast was already waiting for him at the table.
‘I’m not hungry right now,’ Jake said to himself. ‘Something’s not right.’ Jake dressed himself and stumbled out the door. He jogged to the nearby beach and saw that most of the beach parasols had been washed into the ocean, plus mounds of seaweed were piling on the shore.
I knew something was wrong, Jake thought to himself. The beach has been wrecked.
Jake jogged home to tell his parents, but something captured his eyes. His parents’ car was gone! He panicked. Where were his parents? Surely they wouldn’t be gone at this time of the morning. The front lawn of Jake’s house was wet and ruined.
Jake heard a windy sound from behind him. He turned around and saw a massive cloud of misty water! The mist was swirling around at high speed, ripping out plants and pulling pots and cars. One of the cars Jake saw was his parents’ car!
‘No!’ Jake yelled. Jake ran as fast as his legs could carry him, but he was too slow …
The judge’s comments: This story carefully builds suspense, and Jake’s feeling of foreboding pulls the reader through the story. Abandonment is an age-old theme in storytelling and this story leaves us guessing what is to come. We sense that Jake is capable but his fear is real.
Simon wins $50 from the Book Chook, a manuscript appraisal with Dee White, and a copy of the e-book Ten Top Writing Tips for Kids—What to Write About.
MOST OUTSTANDING POEM—Rose Thorpe, 11, NSW
Smart and clever,
Cunning and quick,
The raccoon darts,
Weaves and dips
Between the buildings,
In the night,
The silver moonlight.
The sun is rising,
Night is away
Hurry my friend
Before the brand new day.
The judge’s comments: Line breaks and well-chosen words reflect the movement of the raccoon at night. The poet conveys a lot of action in this brief poem.
Rose wins $50 courtesy of the Book Chook, a poetry appraisal/mentorship with Lorraine Marwood, and a copy of A Ute Picnic.
Second Place (Artwork)—Caspian by Benjamin Woo, 6, Malaysia.
Second Place (Story)—UFO by Harry Cordingley, 10, WA.
Second Place (Poem)—The Sun, Ellie Rose Fisher, 11, WA.
Benjamin, Harry and Ellie Rose each receive a runner-up medal.
If you’d like to submit writing and/or artwork for Alphabet Soup‘s 2013 issues, check out our submission guidelines.