Creative children enter final nine of Norfolk writing competition as judges whittle down entries

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition. - Credit: Archant

A handful of creative youngsters have made it through to the winning nine in a children's writing contest after judges whittled down dozens of entries.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition. - Credit: Archant

Norfolk County Council's Write On Norfolk competition was launched at the start of June and ran until the end of August.

Over the three months, it received 204 entries - including poems, short stories and scripts - from children at more than 100 different schools around the county.

The entries, which all had to contain a link to Norfolk, were whittled down to 57 finalists, and the judges got together last week to choose the nine winners - who will be told the good news today.

But they will not discover if they have won bronze, silver or gold until a winners event which will be held at the start of October, when the final list will be revealed.


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Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition. - Credit: Archant

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The judging panel, made up of Alison Thomas, deputy leader of the council, Chris Rushby, book buyer at Jarrold, Cressida McLaughlin, author, Kevin Price, author, and Nick Conrad, BBC Radio Norfolk presenter, said: 'We've had a fantastic morning reading through all of these wonderful entries.

'It was fantastic to see so many different themes running through this years, and some excellent stories and poems from Norfolk children.

'It made our job extremely hard to choose three winners in each category – but we got there and can't wait to meet all of the children and their families at the winners event on Thursday, October 5 when they will find out if they have won bronze silver or gold.'

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition. - Credit: Archant

In total, there were 136 entries from girls and 68 from boys, with most received in the eight to 10-year-old category.

Write On Norfolk is part of the council's wider Raising Learners campaign, which also includes Count On Norfolk, a similar intiiative aiming to boost primary school children's numeracy skills.

Jarrold of Norwich is supporting the competition and will donate book tokens as prizes, while there will also be an Amazon Fire tablet up for grabs for gold winners. All winners will be able to select a book from Jarrold to take home.

After the winners event, we'll be running a special eight-page supplement including all the winning entries.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition. - Credit: Archant

One of the entries received was from seven-year-old Isla Manson, who wrote this poem about Cromer.

The shells are shiny,

The sea is bright.

The sand is crumbly,

The colourful kite.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition. - Credit: Archant

The boats are big,

The waves are tall.

The tide is fast,

The stones are small.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition. - Credit: Archant

The pier is safe,

The slimy seaweed.

The food is yummy,

The flags you need.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition. - Credit: Archant

The buckets are useful,

The spades are great.

The famous crabs,

They love the bait.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition.

Judges whittle down the entries for this year's Write On Norfolk competition. - Credit: Archant

Another entry came from nine-year-old Ryan Lake.

Once upon a time there lived two space aliens named Bobby and Dylan that loved travelling in their pink, blue and green striped space ship. It was beautifully painted and decorated.

One day they got in their space ship and waved bye bye to their home planet. Bobby and Dylan set off to find a new home. They finally found a new planet called Saturn. When they landed a big gust of wind hit and nearly pushed their spaceship off! After all the wind had died down the two best friends went for a stroll. They came across a big field of candy. It was all different colours. Bobby ran over and started nibbling at the candy canes but with minutes he was covered in big brightly coloured spots! He shouted for his friend Dylan to come and look, Dylan said he thought it was the candy pocks. They decided Saturn wouldn't be a good place to live.

Next the two friends landed on Mars but it was very weird because everything was red and everybody knows that aliens hate the colour red. They decided this also wouldn't be a good place to live.

Finally they landed on a lovely planet called Earth. They spent the next day exploring this lovely green planet and found a lovely area called Norfolk. It had beautiful beaches and the sun was sinning brightly and there was lots of fun things to do. They explored Norfolk visiting a big castle in Norwich, the queens house in Sandringham, a windmill at Birchham and even a train ride along the coast. Bobby and Dylan thought they might be very happy here so decided to make Norfolk there home forever.

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