Short story writing challenge for young authors

Children and young people are being invited to take part in an exciting new short story writing competition in association with the Deepings Literary Festival and South Kesteven District Council’s Cultural Services team.

By Brad Barnes
Saturday, 6th February 2021, 6:51 am
Author Elly Griffiths
Author Elly Griffiths

It is hoped young authors will write a short story of up to 500 words creating an imaginative twist on a well-known nursery rhyme or tale. The competition has two age group categories, 5-8 years and 9-13 years.

For inspiration local primary schools are being offered free creative writing workshops. These will be conducted online and are available on a first come, first served basis. Contact Jo Dobbs, Arts Projects Officer for more information by emailing [email protected]

Deepings Literary Festival Committee member, Ros Rendle, said: “We want children and young people to really use their imaginations by taking a popular tale and giving it an unusual spin.

“Perhaps the wolf in The Three Little Pigs was simply misunderstood? Or maybe the witch in Hansel and Gretel was just lonely? The possibilities are endless.”

A shortlist of the best entries will go to Festival Patron and international best-selling author Elly Griffiths and well-known local children’s author, Hannah Gold, to decide the overall winner.

First prize will be a £50 voucher and signed copies of children’s books by the judges and book prizes for 2nd and 3rd places too.

For more details and to enter email: [email protected] by March 31.