June 21st, 2013
Well, I think that competition was one of the hardest things I have ever judged. All the entries were so interesting and so carefully done, and so creative. We had a spread of ages from eight years old to adult. AND some people did drawings while others used computers.
How on earth was I supposed to choose between them all?
The first thing I did was divide them into categories. It’s really hard to compare something that’s hand-drawn with something done on the computer, so I decided I’d have two different prizes – one for each.
Then I had to have a separate adult prize. So that’s three prizes, one for adults, one for kids (hand-drawn) and one for kids (computer).
But when I looked at the hand-drawn ones, I realised that I had two first prizes. Which made four prizes altogether. So here they are!
Hand-drawn category for kids. Equal winners are Io and Kate. I loved Io’s picture because of the way the word ‘Never’ is written in such big red letters across Goldie’s mouth, so it looks as if she is being silenced. Which she is, in a way, if she doesn’t become a Keeper. So the drawing really matches the quote.
I loved Kate’s entry for the same reason – the drawing matches the quote. The whole picture looks like sunrise, and then inside the bubble is the mast of the ship and the first ray of sunlight. I also really liked the way Kate had written ‘bubble’ right down the bottom, so that you sort of take a breath before you say it.
Computer category for kids. The winner is Sybilla. When Sybilla emailed me her entry she wrote ‘It took me forever to make.’ And I’m not surprised. I just love the way it looks as if Goldie (and Princess Frisia) have climbed out of the story.
Adult category. The winner in this category is Romi. I love this one because it’s so simple and so elegant. And I really like the way we can see little bits of lettering in the words, as if the book is seeping through.
So huge congratulations to the winners, who I will email shortly. They will each get to choose between either a hard cover copy or an audio copy of whichever book they prefer.
But really congratulations to all of you who entered. You all did such beautiful work and it was a pleasure being able to put it up on my blog for everyone to see. Thanks for entering!