Lincs: Chance to win £1,500 for your school in festive short story competition

A children’s author has launched a UK-wide competition encouraging children to pen a new festive classic for inclusion in a winter inspired book.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 19th November 2015, 2:35 pm

Sam Hay, author of the Undead Pets series of books, has partnered with cartridgesave.co.uk, to stage the competition, which is open to children aged between four and 11-years-old, inviting them to write a short story, which is less than 200 words, or poem inspired by winter or Christmas.

The very best 50 entries from across the UK will be published in a special free to download e-book, released in December 2015.

In addition, one overall winner will receive £1,500 for their school to spend on books or writing equipment, with two runners up prizes of £250, plus bag themselves a stocking packed with festive treats worth £50.

Stories or poems will be judged by Sam Hay and a representative from cartridgesave.co.uk.

Children, parents and teachers can get hints and tips from Sam Hay, plus details of how to enter at www.cartridgesave.co.uk/writechristmas.

The competition has three categories, ages four to six, seven to nine and 10 to 11.

The will be one overall winner across all categories. The winning school will receive £1,500 to spend on books or writing materials and the winning child will receive a goody bag worth £50.

Two runners up will win £250 for their school to spend on books or writing materials, as well as a £50 goody bag each.

The best 50 entries from across the categories will be selected to appear in the e-book.

Poems and short stories must be entered by a caregiver, parent or teacher, who can give permission for the story, name and age of the child to be included in the book.

Closing date for entries is December 4.