Young writers will shine

Karen Bach and Louise Bazyluk from KalliKids
Karen Bach and Louise Bazyluk from KalliKids

SHINING young Shoreham wordsmiths are sought for a children’s short story competition.

Talented writers ages seven to 11 are sought and the winning stories will be published in hardcopy and e-book.

KalliKids, a Brighton-based accreditation company that encourages family activities, is running the competition with the help of bestselling author Joanna Rees.

To enter, youngsters have to do is write a 500-word story on the theme, Shine. Four winners will be picked from school years three to six and the school in Sussex with the most entries will win a creative writing session with Joanna.

She said: “I loved writing stories as a child. Getting encouragement and feedback set me on my path to become a writer.

“That is why I am so delighted to be supporting the KalliKids short story competition.

“Until you set pen to paper, you don’t know where your imagination can take you. So children, have a go. You don’t have to write a perfect story. You just have to have the courage to set your unique ideas free on the page. I can’t wait to read all the stories.”

KalliKids founder Karen Bach decided to run the competition to inspire young people to try something positive.

She said: “Through writing stories, children learn how to organise their thoughts and use written language to communicate. It also helps boost their confidence and is great fun.”

Enter online at www.KalliKids.com/story-competition-2015 or by post to Kate Matthews, KalliKids Short Story Competition 2015, Bishops House, South Road, Brighton, BN1 6SB. The closing date is June 8.