Competition deadline extended to encourage youngsters to get creative at home

The deadline of a creative writing competition has been extended to allow children and young people to get creative while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

In March, St Helens Libraries Service launched its annual St Helens Super Writers competition, challenging budding writers – who either live or go to school in the borough – to produce a short story of no more than 500 words, with this year’s theme around classic fairy tales with a modern twist.

Did Hansel and Gretal get lost in Sherdley Park? Do trolls live under the Nine Arches in Newton-le-Willows?

Now in its sixth year, the competition was due to finish at the end of April but has now been put back until the end of the month (May) to give youngsters the opportunity to keep themselves occupied at home during lockdown.

Supported by Newton Rotary Club and the West Lancashire Freemasons Charity, there are three categories, 11 years and under, 12 – 16 years and 17-25 years, with three prizes up for grabs in each:

1st Prize: £50 book token
2nd Prize: £30 book token
3rd Prize: £20 book token

Entry forms can be download from St Helens Libraries Service’s website which should be returned to by Saturday 23 May.

Entries should be clearly marked with names, ages, addresses and schools.


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