Congratulations to our Young Georgia Authors' Writing Competition winners. According to the Georgia Department of Education, the purposes of the Young Georgia Authors' Writing Competition are to encourage students to develop writing that represents their best efforts, provide a context for schools to support and celebrate the writing successes of all students, and to encourage and recognize student achievement in writing throughout Georgia. The winners at Sally Meadows are Savannah Cox - 2nd grade, Ethan Wright - 3rd grade, Natalie Owens and Savanna Harbin - 4th grade, and Walker James - 5th grade.
Savannah Cox selected the title of her story, "Why Snakes Slither", to get readers interested in her story. The main character is a talking snake, and she decided to add other animals to be in the story. She and her brother have always enjoyed writing. Savannah likes writing personal narratives to show her feelings, fairy tales because she has those on her book shelves, and stories that tell you how to do things. Her suggestion to other writers is to take your time when writing a story.
Ethan Wright decided to name his story after it was complete. He went back over it and chose "The Onion Festival That Almost Wasn't". Since it is about time for the festival, Ethan chose a story that included Yumion. He used his prewrite and kept adding details. Ethan loves writing, and his favorite genre is fantasy. His suggestion to other writers is to decide on a really good idea and build the story from there. That way, if you get stuck, you can return to the really good idea and start again.
Natalie Owens wrote a story entitled "A Flying Saucer". Her favorite genre is fiction because it allows your imagination to run wild. It can include things no one else thinks about, and it can be funny, sad, or anything else. One of Natalie's suggestions to other writers is to close your eyes and picture your story. She also likes to use plenty of details with twist and turns that add excitement to the story. Lastly, Natalie likes to include similes and metaphors to help the writing come alive.
Savanna Harbin wrote "The Best Day Ever" by combining her own ideas and thoughts about other stories and events that really happened. Her story has imaginary characters named after her brother and sister and is about a vacation. Savanna is an author and an illustrator. Her favorite genre is historical fiction because she likes to take events that happened long ago and turn them into fiction by adding exaggerations and exciting adventures. Her suggestions to other writers are to be creative, use your imagination, and include a variety of sentences and figurative language.
Walker James chose to write a story with the title "The Phantom Fissure". Walker depends greatly upon his imagination when writing. He develops his characters, plot, and setting as he progresses through his story. His favorite genres are fiction and mysteries because they always catch his attention. Walker believes the most important thing that can make you a better writer is to write about something of great interest.