Children aged 7-12 years old can submit a fictional short story (750-1000 words) at www.JacquelineWilson.co.uk on any topic they choose. Jacqueline Wilson, her editor and judges from WHSmith and the Guardian Children’s Books will then work together to pick a winner to receive the incredible prize of having their story published in Jacqueline Wilson’s Autumn Hardback, to be sold exclusively in WHSmith stores. Not only that, but the winner will also get the chance to meet Jacqueline Wilson herself, receive £100 worth of books and a bundle of books for their school too.
On the competition, Jacqueline said, “I really hope that through this Creative Writing Prize children will discover that Literacy is more than learning about commas and chronological reports. Writing stories isn’t just something you do for a test. It should be an enjoyable and exciting activity. Many children ask me how they can become published writers, so I’m delighted that the winning story will be published in one of my own books.”
Francesca Dow from Penguin Random House added, “Dame Jacqueline Wilson has inspired generations of children to love reading and become both readers and writers during her long and successful writing career. We would like to celebrate this by creating a prize in her name to encourage budding young novelists and give them an exclusive opportunity to be published for the very first time.”
We cannot wait to get stuck into all the imaginative short stories that are waiting to be entered, so get your thinking caps on and write down your most exciting, daring and adventurous characters in a fantastic story to impress Dame Jacqueline Wilson. You have until noon on Friday 6th May to enter. Good luck!