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What else has happened...

In my last post, I wrote that the winner's name of the first "Baarer Rabe" (Raven of Baar) was still a secret. In the meantime there's been a press release, whose translation follows here:

In 2013, ABRAXAS celebrates an anniversary with the fifth edition of the Central Switzerland Festival of Children's and YA literature. For this reason, ABRAXAS, in co-operation with the city of Baar, will award for the first time the "Baarer Rabe" (Raven of Baar), for a first work of fiction for the children's or YA market written in German.
Although new, the competition attracted 21 entries. The first "Baarer Rabe" (Raven of Baar) goes to the Author Andrea Gerster from Eastern Switzerland for "Best of Tarantino" (working Title). According to the jury, the text radiates great independent freshness and humour. The author writes in a concise way and manages to draw evocative pictures with a few well placed brush-strokes.
The prize giving will take place in Baar just before the ABRAXAS-festival of 9th/10th November. At the festival itself, on 10th November in Zug, a class of pupils from Baar will read and perform a scene from "Tarantino".
The text will be published in 2014 by SJW-Verlag.

I promised to tell you a little about the criteria that helped us choose the winning story. All the jury members agreed on the importance of the following points:

1) The characters have to be appealing. The reader must be able to identify with them. The characters have to evolve in the course of the story.  
2) The plot has to be sound and logical, and has to take the reader on a journey into a believable world with coherent rules.
3) The story has to be absorbing with a satisfying end; even if that isn't necessarily a happy one.
4) The story mustn't teach or sound preachy.
5) It should be palpable that the writer respects the reader and the chosen genre.
Next time, I'll write about the don'ts that irked the jury members most and were the reasons why a story didn't even make the shortlist.