Julie Marson MP has today (Thursday 11th February) launched her first ever Short Story Competition for all primary school pupils in Hertford and Stortford. The competition has been launched in partnership with Pearson, a publishing and education company headquartered in London.
To celebrate World Book Day, Julie is asking for young authors across her constituency to email their short stories to her. She will judge the entries before choosing two winners: one from the Key Stage 1 cohort and the other from Key Stage 2.
World Book Day is an annual celebration of books and reading where every child in full-time education in the UK is given a voucher to be spent on books.
Commenting, Julie said:
“I am asking young authors across Hertford and Stortford to send me their short stories. Stories must be no more than 500 words long so make sure you keep them brief!
“I will be judging these on their originality and use of imagination. I have also partnered with Pearson to provide the winners with some prizes so there is even more reason to try to come up with the best story.
“Education is a priority of mine and I think there is no better way to improve literary skills than by reading and writing. That’s why I am pleased to be hosting this competition”
To enter the contest, children should ask a parent, guardian or teacher to email their story to Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org. When doing so, the email should detail the entrant’s full name, age, the name of their school, their year group, full postal address and an email address for their parent/guardian. Stories must be no more than 500 words in length and must be emailed to Julie before 12pm on Thursday 25th February.
Entrants must be primary school age and either attend a school in the Hertford and Stortford constituency or live in the constituency.
The winners will be announced by Julie on World Book Day - Thursday 4th March.