In MALALA'S MAGIC PENCIL, the young Malala dreams about all the changes she would make to the world if she had magical powers. In no more than 200 words, write about ONE change that YOU would make to the world if YOU had a magic pencil…
Make sure you tell us:
What you would change.
Why you would change it.
How your change would improve the world.
• The change you describe must be something you care about!
• It can be a BIG change or a SMALL change.
• It can be a change that you think would be easy to make, or a change you think would be difficult to make. Either is brilliant! Don’t be restricted by how radical your suggestion might feel.
• Think especially about a change that would help other people, as well as yourself.
• Be imaginative, think outside the box, and have fun!
• Use descriptive language and let us know why you’re passionate about the change you’d like to see.
Some example ideas to get you thinking…
• “If I had a magic pencil, I would organise a huge pizza party with lots of other children from around the world so I could get to know them and hear about their lives. I think this would be brilliant because…”
• “If I had a magic pencil, I would create a week every year when no cars are allowed on the roads – only bikes, scooters and skateboards! This would help the environment and be really fun! The reason I’m passionate about the environment is…”
• “If I had a magic pencil, I would make sure ALL children in the whole world were able to go to school so that they could learn and make friends. This would be awesome because…”
Top tips from Malala:
1. Know what your message is before you communicate it.
2. Don’t worry about finding big, complicated words. Explain it in your own words – don’t try to sound like someone else.
3. Have confidence in your voice and in your message.
1. Be passionate: show us that you care about this idea!
2. Be imaginative: this might be a particularly unique idea, or one which is relayed in a distinctive way.
3. Be persuasive: make sure to explain how your change would improve the world
• Open to all Key Stage 2 students in the UK
• Students’ entries must be submitted by their teacher
• Closing date is Friday 15th December 2017
• Winners will be announced in February 2018
• Entries must be submitted as hard copies to:
Malala’s Magic Pencil Competition,
C/O Marketing Department,
Penguin Random House Children’s,
• Entries must be hand-written on the entry form available below. You may decorate your entry however you wish.
• Each entry MUST include the following information:
o Student’s name
o Class or year group
o School name
o School address
o Email address for the teacher or school
• Entries will be read by a first-round panel consisting of an Editor and a Marketing Manager at Penguin Random House.
• The first-round panel will pick a shortlist of 10 entries.
• The shortlist will then be read by Malala Yousafzai, who will pick the final winner and 3 runners-up.
First prize (1 winner):
• A large canvas print from Malala’s Magic Pencil for your school
• A trophy to display with pride in your school
• A collection of inspiring books for your school, with themes of social justice, empathy and standing up for what you believe in, worth £250
• 40 x special engraved ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ pencils for the winner’s class
3 x runners up will win:
• A collection of inspiring books for your school, with themes of social justice, empathy and standing up for what you believe in, worth £100
Terms and conditions:
1. No purchase necessary to enter this competition.
2. This competition is open to residents of the UK and the Republic of Ireland who are Key Stage 2 students at school, with the exception of employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion. Entries must be submitted by the student’s teacher.
3. Entries must be received by 23:59 G.M.T. on Friday 15th December 2017. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Automatically generated entries or entries via agents or third parties are invalid and shall not be considered. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.
4. Only one entry per student. No entrant may win more than one prize.
5. To enter, students should individually fill in the entry form by hand-writing a short piece (no longer than 200 words) describing one change that they would make to the world if they had a magic pencil. All fields on the entry form must be filled in: student’s name, class or year group, school name, school address, and email address for the teacher or school. Students may decorate their entry if they wish. The student’s teacher should then send the student’s completed entry form as a hard copy to: Malala’s Magic Pencil, C/O Marketing Department, Penguin Random House Children’s Books, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL.
6. All valid and correctly completed entries received by the closing date will be read by a first-round judging panel made up of an Editor and a Marketing Manager at the Promoter. Then, a shortlist of 10 entries will be forwarded to Malala Yousafzai who will pick the final winner and three runners-up from the shortlist. The winner will be the entry that in the opinion of Malala Yousafzai best meets the 3 criteria:
- Passionate: the writer clearly cares about their idea!
- Imaginative: this might be a particularly unique/interesting idea, or an idea which is relayed in a particularly distinctive way
- Persuasive: the writer explains how their change would improve the world.
7. The prize for the winner is a large canvas print from Malala’s Magic Pencil for the winner’s school, a winner’s trophy to display at the winner’s school, a collection of inspiring books for the winner’s school selected by the Promoter (with themes of social justice, empathy and standing up for what you believe in, worth £250) and 40 x special engraved ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’ pencils for the winner’s class.
8. The three runners-up will each receive a collection of inspiring books for their school selected by the Promoter with themes of social justice, empathy and standing up for what you believe in, worth £100.
9. Other than as specified above, the Promoter shall not be liable for any costs or expenses arising out of or in any way connected with the prize(s) and does not accept any responsibility for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by the winner as result of accepting this prize.
10. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
11.The prizes are non-transferrable and no cash alternative will be offered.
12. Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
13. The winner will be notified via email or post by Monday 26th February 2018. The winner must claim their prize within 30 days of the Promoter sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
14. By entering this competition each entrant confirms that his/her entry is their wholly-owned creation and to the extent that such entry makes use of any third party materials that these have been fully cleared unless they are no longer protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights. Entrants will keep the Promoter harmless from any claims in relation to their entry that the entry infringes the personal or proprietary right of any other person. By submitting an entry, each entrant (or their teacher on their behalf) grants to the Promoter a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to edit, publish, translate, modify, adapt, make available and distribute the entry throughout the world in any media now known or hereafter invented. Each entrant undertakes to complete (or to get their teacher to complete on their behalf) any necessary documentation to formalise the licence. If you do not want to grant us these rights, please do not submit materials to us.
15. To obtain details of the winner please email Puffin@uk.penguingroup.com stating the name of the competition in the subject heading 10 weeks after the closing date.
The Promoter will use any data submitted by entrants only for the purposes of running the competition, unless otherwise stated in the entry details. By entering this competition, all entrants consent to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of this competition and any other purposes to which the entrant has consented.
The winners agree to take part in reasonable post event publicity and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity.
Promoter may disqualify any entrant whose entry does not comply with these terms and conditions (in Promoter’s sole opinion) or who, in Promoter’s sole determination, has acted in a manner that is fraudulent, dishonest or unjust to other entrants including, without limitation, tampering with the operation of the competition, manipulating or rigging votes, hacking, deceiving, cheating or by harassing or threatening other entrants or a representative of Promoter.
The Promoter is Penguin Books Limited, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL.
By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
These terms and conditions are governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.