They're not funny awards. They're awards for funny kids.
We know a lot of awesome young writers and comedic kids. We think they deserve a little extra recognition, and the Servus Credit Union Martyn Godfrey Award is just the thing! This is an annual, juried writing competition open to all Albertan students in grades 7 through 9. Students were invited to submit a humourous short story (500-1500 words) to the YABS office.
2012 Winner and Runners-Up
Congratulations to Davin Anderson of Lloydminster for his winning story "The Summer Sale." Davin is receiving a spot at The Writers Guild of Alberta's WordsWorth 2012 youth writing camp this summer, and a visit by an Albertan artist for his school as a part of our Taleblazers Festival! You can read Davin's story here (.pdf).
Our two runners-up are Caileigh Reid of Grande Prairie for her wacky hospital story, "A Trip Through the ERratic Zone", and Laura Stacey of Bowden for her modernized fairy tale, "Sleeping Danger." Their schools will be receiving artist visits through Taleblazers.
Congratulations to all three, and thank you to everyone who entered. Keep up the great writing and we hope to read your stories again next year!
Servus Credit Union Board of Directors Vice Chair Doug Hastings presents first-prize winner Davin Anderson with his certificate commemorating the 2012 Servus Credit Union Martyn Godfrey Award
About the Award
Who was Martyn Godfrey?
Martyn Godfrey (1949-2000) was born in England, raised in Toronto, and taught school in Ontario and Alberta. In 1985, he became a full-time writer for young adult and juvenile fiction, had more than 40 funny books published, and toured with the Young Alberta Book Society for many years. One of the best parts of his career was laughing over the creative and hilarious letters he received from funny kids, which is what inspired us to create this award in his honour.
Is there a prize?
You bet! In 2012 we were pleased to be offer a trip to WordsWorth, the young writers' camp at Kamp Kiwanis in Bragg Creek. The winner and two runners are each receiving an artist visit to their schools during our annual Taleblazers festival! Check back in January 2013 for next year's rules and prizes.