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2019 Henrietta Branford Writing Competition

25th Jan 19

Young people aged up to 19 years are invited to complete a story begun by author Mitch Johnson, whose novel Kick won last year's Branford Boase competition.

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is an annual competition for young people which runs in conjunction with the Branford Boase Award for debut children's books.

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition aims to find and encourage writers of the future. The competition will close on Friday 26th April 2019.

Entrants are invited to finish this story begun by Mitch Johnson:

'The air was thick with the sound of something being torn apart: a wrenching, screeching, groaning sound that made the earth tremble. The smell of smoke was so strong it caught in my throat and pooled like acid on my tongue.

It was finally happening.

'Keep your eyes closed!' a voice shouted. 'Whatever you do - don't look!'

But I had to look - I couldn't not look - and so I opened my eyes.'

Entries can be up to 1,000 words, must follow on from the starter paragraph, and have a title. All entrants must live in the UK and be under 19 years of age.

Entries will be judged by Prue Goodwin, consultant and lecturer in children's literature. She says she will be looking for stories "that keep the reader wanting to know what is going to happen from beginning to end, are imaginative and unpredictable, and are written with a genuine reader in mind".

Six winners will be invited to attend the Branford Boase Award celebration party in London in July. There they will meet Mitch Johnson and the authors shortlisted for the 2019 award as well as editors, publishers, agents, and other professionals in this field. They will also receive a copy of each of the books shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and be able to have their books signed.

Full competition details are available here:

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