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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Michael Rosen heads up new writing competition

A LR Michael Rosen.JPGMichael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007-2009, is heading the panel of judges in a new short story competition for children and young people just launched by children’s charity Jigsaw4u (www.jigsaw4u.org.uk). Entrants have the option of sending in an illustration.

Launched in 1997 by chief executive Anne Davies, Jigsaw4u helps children, young people and their families cope with grief, loss, bereavement and trauma. Edward Davey MP, a patron of Jigsaw4u, is also among the panel of judges.

The theme of the competition is “loss” and this can be interpreted in any way. It could be the loss of a favourite toy, the loss of a favourite pet, the impact of divorce or the loss of a relative. It is entirely up to them.

The deadline for entry is 30 April, 2010 and there are three categories: 5-8 year olds (500 words), 9 to 13 year olds (800 words) and 14 to 18 year olds (1,500 words). They can send in an illustration to accompany the story – only one per entry.

“We're very excited about our first ever short story competition," said Anne Davies, chief executive, Jigsaw4u, "and hope as many children and young people enter as possible.”

The winning story and the two highly recommended stories in each category will be published on the Jigsaw4u web site. All winners will receive a special certificate and the three first prizewinners will be invited on an all expenses trip to London (to be accompanied by a parent) to attend the prizewinning ceremony to be followed by lunch with Michael Rosen (overnight accommodation will be provided).

The judging panel will comprise: Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007-2009; Anne Davies, chief executive, Jigsaw4u; a team of young people; Maggie Turner, chief executive of the Diana Award and Edward Davey, MP, a patron of the charity.

• There is an entry fee of £5 for the competition. To download an entry form and more details, visit www.jigsaw4u.org.uk

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