Just days to go until deadline for children’s creative writing competition in Norfolk

The winners of the Write On Norfolk 2016 competition. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The winners of the Write On Norfolk 2016 competition. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

There's just a few days left for children across Norfolk to enter a creative writing contest.

The deadline for entries for Norfolk County Council's Write on Norfolk competition, which is for five to 13-year-olds, is on Thursday, August 31.

Entries must be a maximum of 500 words and the piece must contain a link to Norfolk - though it can be a short story, poem, script or even song lyrics.

The competition, which is split into categories for children aged five to seven, eight to 10 and 11 to 13, has already received more than 120 entries since opening on June 5.

Gold, silver and bronze winners will be chosen in each category and winners will be announced in October.

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Alison Thomas, deputy leader of the county council, said: 'Helping Norfolk's children achieve their full potential by giving them every opportunity to develop vital skills like reading and writing is a key priority for the county council which is why I'm so pleased that we are running this competition again.

'Last year I enjoyed reading some wonderful stories and poems from young people across Norfolk, and I hope that this year we get even more children taking part.

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'As a mum myself, I know just how important it is to keep up those skills during the long weeks of the summer holidays, but this competition is designed to be a fun way of doing it so I hope that parents, grandparents and carers will give them as much encouragement as possible to enter.'

The competition is backed by Jarrold of Norwich, which will be donating Jarrold book tokens as prizes, while an Amazon Fire tablet is up for grabs for gold winners.

• Entries can be submitted and information can be found by clicking here.

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