National Young Writers’ Award open for entries

The National Young Writers’ Award 2014 has opened for entries and the theme is ‘fairytales and fables’.

Launched six years ago by Explore Learning, the national competition encourages children to explore creative writing and capture the imagination of the judge, bestselling author and illustrator Liz Pichon.

The prize is £500 worth of books for their school and a trip to Disneyland Paris for their whole family. The closing date for entries is Tuesday 3rd June.

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Children aged 5-14 can enter for free by submitting a 500 word story on or by going into your local Explore Learning centre.

‘I’m thrilled to be the judge of this year’s National Young Writers’ Award.’ Liz Pichon commented. ‘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!’

Heather Garrick from Explore Learning says, ‘We believe the theme of ‘fairytales and fables’ opens up a whole world of possibility for our young writers.

‘We all have our favourite fairytale and we want children to get adventurous and create something that they and their families can treasure forever – and most importantly, have fun while writing!’

Find out more on the Explore Learning website.

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