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Cheshire children can make their school’s Christmas wishes come true – by taking part in a national writing competition.
Sam Hay, author of the Undead Pets series, and cartridgesave.co.uk are inviting children aged between four and eleven to write a short story (maximum 200 words) or poem inspired by winter or Christmas, for a chance to win £1,500 for their school.
The Write Christmas competition, back for its third consecutive year, will select the top 50 entries from across the UK to be published in a free to download e-book, to be released in December.
The overall winner will receive a £1,500 grant for their school to spend on books or writing equipment, while two runners up will each secure £250 each for their schools. All three will also get a stocking packed full of festive treats worth £50 for themselves.
The stories or poems will be judged by Sam Hay and a representative from cartridge shop cartridgesave.co.uk.
Last year’s winner was 7-year old Anouk Wood, who captured the judges’ imagination with her “highly original, funny and well written” story about the secret to making a magic Santa suit.
Hay believes the competition is a great step towards unlocking children’s creativity. She says: “I’m thrilled to be judging the fantastic Write Christmas story competition again. It’s an excellent opportunity for kids to unleash their imaginations and get writing!
“Christmas has long been an inspirational time for stories; from the Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol to the much-loved Nutcracker. Christmas is a magical time, full of wonder and excitement. I can’t wait to read this year’s entries!”
Children, parents and teachers can get hints and tips from Hay, plus full details of how to enter at www.cartridgesave.co.uk/printwhatmatters/write-christmas.
Closing date for entries is 5th December 2016.