Writers set children a challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:53 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

WRITE an original story that's the challenge members of Honiton Writers' Circle have set children aged between seven and 11.

WRITE an original story - that's the challenge members of Honiton Writers' Circle have set children aged between seven and 11.Open to young writers across East Devon, the competition marks the end of the group's most successful year ever, with membership continuing to rise."Having seen what talent there is in East Devon, we want to encourage young people to have a go," explained organiser John Carter. "We want to tap into the wonderful imagination of children, even if they've never written a story before. That's why the stories can have as few as 150 words or as many as 750, on any subject you like. It's the ideas that are important."The entries will be judged by popular local author David Tinkler, whose wonderfully funny books, including Scourge of the Dinner Ladies and Panic at Pinnacle Primary, have been widely praised. His next book, Spit, due out shortly, is about Tommy Spittle, who at 12 is the world's most daring thief.Although schools are being invited to get involved, any eligible boy or girl can enter. Several winners will be chosen, all of whom will receive a certificate signed by David Tinkler, a gift token and a Writers' Circle Blue Elephant pen. The closing date is November 12 and the winners will be announced by the end of that month."We hope lots of children will send us their stories," says Mr Carter. "Details will soon be available at primary schools, and at Honiton and other local libraries. Alternatively, stories can be sent, with a title, to HWC Competition, Beacon Farm, Yarcombe, Honiton, Devon EX14 9LU. Please add name, age, telephone number and address."Honiton Writers' Circle meets on the first Tuesday in each month, normally at the Methodist Hall in Chapel Street. For further information ask at Honiton Library. New members are always welcome.

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