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 or by post to Kate Matthews, KalliKids Short Story Competition 2015, Bishops House, South Road, Brighton, BN1 6SB. The closing date is June 8.