Jacqueline Wilson Competition launches

The Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize is challenging children aged 7-12 years to write a letter to an imaginary person who lives far away. The closing date is 8th September.

The theme of letter-writing has been chosen to tie in with Jacqueline Wilson's new book, Wave Me Goodbye (Random House Children's Books), which features evacuees in World War II.

Entries can be up to 750 words and children taking part must be resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. There were more than 4,000 entries for last year's prize.

The letters children write could be to an imagined relative, or friend, to someone who lives in a different country or even in a different time - the past, the future or on another planet. However, letters must be fictional and cannot reference real people. A booklet with Jacqueline Wilson's top letter writing tips will be distributed by WH Smith.

Jacqueline Wilson's editor and Jacqueline Wilson herself will help to judge the competition. While many children today are more used to texting than letter-writing, Jacqueline Wilson says, "I think it's important to know how to write a stylish, interesting literate letter. It's a way of honing your language skills and truly expressing yourself. Most importantly, letters last! You can keep and treasure them forever. I do hope lots of children are inspired to write a brilliant letter for the competition."

The winning letter will be published in a forthcoming book by the author and the winner will also have a chance to meet Jacqueline Wilson and receive 100 worth of books and a year's subscription to children's newspaper First News. A bundle of books will also be sent to their school.

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19/05/2017Jacqueline Wilson Competition launches
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