The winners!

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.

Io's winning entry

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.

Kate's equal first entry

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.

Sybilla's prizewinning entry

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.

Romi's beautiful entry

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!


27 thoughts on “The winners!

  1. Io says:

    AWESOME!!!!! I CANNOT believe this! -doing the weirdest happy dance ever-!!!!! (Calm down! Calm down!) Congratulations to all who won and who entered! πŸ˜€

  2. Gabi says:

    Congratulations to my sister Io, Kate, Sybilla and Romi for winning first places! And great job to everyone else who entered!

  3. Gabi says:

    in clouding me

  4. Gabi says:

    I mean including me… ha ha… πŸ˜›

    1. Lian says:

      I rather liked ‘in clouding’, Gabi. I think you might have invented a new word, for when we are feeling light and fluffy. πŸ˜‰

      1. Gabi says:


      2. Io says:

        Or maybe there’s a problem or something and ‘the green mist was in clouding her mind’?

        1. Lian says:

          Oh yes, I like that one.

          1. Io says:

            Thank you, I like your one better. πŸ˜€

  5. Gabi says:

    Happy holidays everyone! πŸ˜€

  6. Chelsie says:

    Congratulations everyone!!!

  7. Io says:

    Than !!!

  8. Io says:

    Thank you, Lian!!! (Something was wrong with my other post:O)

    1. Lian says:

      You’re very welcome, Io.

  9. Kate says:

    My thoughts on in clouding are; Maybe it can be used like this: “The sky was in clouding around us.” Which means something like “The clouds/mist/fog were closing around us.” But sounds better. If you know what I mean.

    1. Io says:

      Very interesting. I like it πŸ™‚

    2. Lian says:

      Yes, I like that one too. Good thinking, Kate.

  10. Gabi says:

    lian just to ask you whats your e-mail :p

    1. Lian says:

      Ask your sister, Gabi. She knows it.

  11. Gabi says:


  12. Gabi says:

    lian tanner where do you live πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      In Tasmania. In a little seaside town called Lauderdale.

  13. Gabi says:

    thanks for making a meaning for my new word i discovered:)

  14. Isabel says:

    Congrats to all the winners!!!!!!! You guys made some incredible artwork!

    1. Io says:

      Thank you Isabel! πŸ™‚

  15. gabi says:

    hi lian i made a web on wordpress i call it hte art museum its about art

    1. Lian says:

      That sounds interesting, Gabi. Can you send me the link, so I can have a look?

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