A young writer from Richmond just got her first ever story published in an anthology by kids for kids.
Magical Critter Saves the Day by six-and-a-half-year-old Brianna Law tells the tale of a unicorn and a pony coming to the rescue of a unicorn who fell into a hole.
Law is an avid reader who started writing when she was in kindergarten, and this was her first time participating in a writing contest.
“For characters, I used unicorns because I like them. And I used the names of my friends,” said Law. She also wanted to apply what she learned at school and include problems and solutions in the story.
Law told The Richmond News she was “happy” and had fun while writing the story, and the best part was that she could “make anything and everything is possible.”
“She was very excited about it,” said mom Catherine Lau, who told Law the “sky’s the limit” for her story.
The hardest thing about writing the story, said Law, was spelling different words such as the unicorns’ names.
The story was shortlisted for publication after Law submitted it to DC Canada Education Publishing’s story-writing contest. A total of 350 stories were submitted by kids across Canada.
The contest was judged based on “originality, word choice, fluency/organization, and spelling,” explained DC Canada editor Kara Cybanski, who said Law’s story was “impressive” for a writer at her age.
Law’s parents, who found out about the contest through word of mouth, are “thankful” they can “see that she’s making progress” in reading and writing.
“For us, it’s important for her [to be] able to start writing at an age as young as she has. It’s just something rewarding for us as parents,” said dad Aaron Law.
Details about the contest and the purchase link for DC Canada’s One Story a Day by Kids for Kids anthology are available on DC Canada’s website.