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Is your child/grandchild a budding author?
Would they like to see their story in print?
Would they like a project for half term?
If so why don’t they enter the Ilminster Literary Festival Children’s Writing Competition 2024.

Entries can be prose or poetry, hand written or typed and must be hard copies

Attached at the back on a separate piece of paper, please print name, age and a contact number.

(Ages as at 31August 2024)
5-7 YEAR OLD: max 150 words
Topic: We would like to know: “What do you like best about Winter?”

8-11 YEAR OLD: max 500 words.
Topic: We would like you to write a story that starts “ One morning when I woke up I was invisible and a note by my bed said it would only last for 12 hours ….”

What did you do, did you get up to mischief, was it fun or scary and how did you manage to explain where you were when the spell wore off?

12-18 YEAR OLD: max 1000 words.
Topic: We would like you to write a story that starts “ The sky was pitch black and the wind could be heard howling through the trees…”

Let your imagination run wild!

There will be a prize of a £20 book token for each of the winners and certificates for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. The winning entries will be published in the Ilminster Press.

Closing date for entries is 1st March 2024.

Entries can be submitted to the Festival Office, Bay House East, Bay Hill, Ilminster. TA19 0AT , opposite the gatehouses for Dillington House, at any time until 01 March 2024.

Posted: 14/02/2024 15:28:00


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