Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts literary competition launched
ARE you the next JK Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson or Roald Dahl?
Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts have launched a literary competition in a bid to find talented young writers in the county.
Young people under the age of 17 are being encouraged to submit an original poem to be in with a chance of winning the coveted Challenge Cup.
Alternatively, they can present a 500-word story to claim the title of Festival Storywriter of the Year.
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Deborah Morrish, head of literacy at Naunton Park School in Cheltenham, said she will be encouraging as many students as possible to enter the competition.
"We aim to make reading and writing fun at Naunton Park and are always looking at ways in which we can ignite enthusiasm in all our pupils by using fabulous stories and showing our own enthusiasm for words," she said.
"We were delighted to be asked to support Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts this year and will be encouraging pupils to consider entering a poem or story."
Adults can also submit their own poems and original stories to be judged.
Winners of the poetry contest will receive The Wilfred Appleby Challenge Cup and The Agnes Saunders Memorial Challenge Cup will be presented to the best storywriter.
Festival chairman Rod Davis, said: "We hope that children will think about the stories and poems that they themselves enjoy reading and come up with an original concept which may appeal to youngsters like them.
"Previous winners have been thrilled to hear their poem or story read out on stage and we are confident that there will be a deluge of original ideas and memorable pieces."Each competition entry should be typewritten, unsigned and attached to its own entry firm, which can be downloaded at www.cheltenhamfestivalofperformingarts.co.uk. Entry is £4 with a closing date of March 31.
Entries of the finalists in each category will be read out at the CFPA festival on May 17.