Added on: 7th May, 2014
If you're a budding author aged 14 and under (or know someone who is) Explore Learning is currently seeking talented young writers to enter this year’s National Young Writers’ Awards. From stories inspired by teaching a moral to tales of mythical creatures, this year’s theme is your chance to write a short story unlike any you've written before!
Once upon a time Explore Learning launched the first ever National Young Writers’ Award. Children all across the land took their chance to delve deep into their imagination and write a story that captured the judges’ attentions and win themselves a prize of £500 worth of books for their school and a trip to the fairytale kingdom of Disneyland Paris for their whole family.
Since launching six years ago, hundreds of thousands of children all over the country have taken part, overwhelming the team at Explore Learning with tales of time travelling bears, of magical musical instruments, of lost letters and of heroes undertaking electrifying journeys that have made them laugh, and cry.
This year’s theme of ‘fairy tales and fables’ is anticipated to attract more stories than ever before as children share their tales of princes and princesses, of dungeons and dragons, of witches and mermaids and goblins and giants!
The competition is open to all UK residents aged 14 years and under and stories should be no more than 500 words.
The closing date for entries is Tuesday 3rd June 2014.
Previous judges of the competition have so far included some of the UK’s most prolific authors, like Cressida Cowell, Alan Durant and Andy Cope – and this year is no different with award winning illustrator and author of the Tom Gates series of books, Liz Pichon taking the mantle. With countless awards for the hugely popular Tom Gates, she is perfectly positioned to review this year’s stories and inspire even more children to put pen to paper and give writing a try.
Liz said: “I'm thrilled to be the judge of this year’s National Young Writers’ Award. Competitions like this are a fantastic way to encourage as many children as possible to put pen to paper and write their OWN stories. I'm really looking forward to reading them so good luck to everyone and have some FUN!”
Last year’s victor was eight year old, Shathana Sivanesavajah from Tooting, London, who was awarded her prize by 2013 judge, Cressida Cowell.
To enter this year's National Young Writers’ Awards visit www.explorelearning.co.uk/youngwriters or simply hand your entry in at the Explore Learning Orpington Centre on the High Street.
Explore Learning centres provide award-winning tuition for children of all abilties. The Explore curriculum includes maths, English, creative writing, the Eleven Plus, Entrance exams and handwriting. Our courses adapt to the individual needs of each child, and map to the National Curriculum in England and Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
Fore more information visit www.explorelearning.co.uk/orpington or call the centre on
01689 867 302.