Today is World Book Day, and we're marking the occasion by unveiling our first ever writing competition. It's for children, it's free to enter and we're planning not only on awarding a prize for the winner (plus two runners up) but to publish all the best submissions in a special World Book Day anthology.
There are any number of events this year from performances by Welsh schoolchildren of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes at the Millennium Centre to a 'Human Library' day at Birmingham Central Library. And the dressing up of primary school children as various book characters seems to have become an annual event up and down the country, all in the cause of getting children reading. And if your children are inspired by reading, why not encourage them to have a go at writing? Children are often natural story-tellers; part of play involves the creation of imaginary worlds with accompanying narratives and we're trying to capture the spirit by providing an incentive to get writing.
There's no limit - other than your child's imagination - to the subjects he or she can write about, but we are limiting the number of entries to three per child. And by child, we're taking entries from everyone up to (and including) the age of 16.The closing date is 1st September 2011, and we're asking for submissions by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 'World Book Day Writing Competition' in the subject line at any time up to that date. Please include your child's story either in the body of the email or as an attachment, and include their name and date of birth, plus the name of the school they attend.
And finally, please help spread the word. We want as many children as possible to be able to take part, to have a chance of winning a prize and be published in the conmpetition anthology. There's no entry fee, and proceeds from the sale of the anthology will help support future World Book Day events and giveaways.