The 2012 Explore Learning National Young Writers’ Award is a
creative writing competition open to children aged 5 - 14 years.
The competition opens for entries on the 16th of April 2012.
The closing date for entries is Monday 11th June 2012.
The maximum word limit is 500 words.
This year’s theme is ‘Old and New’.
The story will be judged on its overall creativity, characterisation
and descriptive language.
and descriptive language.
Award winning children's author, Andrew Cope will select the winning entry.
Andy was born in the same year that England won the football world cup and lives in the middle of a field in South Derbyshire. Andy's ambition is to be able to surf, brilliantly!
Andy has penned the successful ‘Spy Dog’ series, published by Puffin. His first novel won the Redhouse Children’s Book of the Year and the series has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide. His book, ‘Spy Dog’s Got Talent’, was chosen to be the World Book Day title in the UK. Andy has recently been commissioned to write a new series, ‘Raccoon Rampage’ for Harper Collins Children’s Books.
Andy very kindly said a few words about the competition, “The Explore Learning National Young Writer’s Award is a fantastic opportunity for kids to get creative and write their own short story. I’m thrilled to be actively involved in finding Britain’s next young writer. I never cease to be amazed at the genius that’s lurking in the next generation and I can’t wait to get my hands on the stories; especially the award winning entry.”
Last year’s winner Samuel Groves, took first prize with his story, ‘The Blue Guitar’ which takes you on an imaginary journey of the life of his blue guitar. You can read his story here
The event is organised annually by Explore Learning, a national network of tuition centres across the UK.
Now in its fourth year, the Explore Learning National Young Writer of the Year Award is one of the largest free-to-enter writing competitions for children in the UK and attracts children of all ages whether they are confident in writing or have been hesitant to write in the past.
Heather Garrick, from Explore Learning said “It is a great pleasure to be working with Andrew Cope this year. He is such an inspiration to both adults and children so will help encourage more young writers across the UK to step up and unveil their talent. Encouraging children to take part in national competitions like these helps to build their confidence and improve their academic performance.”
I WISH I WASN'T TOO OLD TO ENTER THIS GREAT COMPETITION!
WHAT A FABULOUS PRIZE!
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS!
I LOOK FORWARD TO READING THE WINNER'S STORY!