Write on Norfolk competition: judge outlines ideas that might inspire young creative writers

Launch of Write on Norfolk at Millennium Library. Caroline Jarrold.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Launch of Write on Norfolk at Millennium Library. Caroline Jarrold.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Heritage and the Norfolk countryside could help inspire children and young people entering a creative writing competition over the summer, a judge has said.

Logo for the Write on Norfolk competition

Logo for the Write on Norfolk competition - Credit: Archant

The Write on Norfolk competition is being held by the EDP and Norfolk County Council, with Jarrold.

Caroline Jarrold said: 'As a judge, I am looking forward to seeing lots of entries into the competition and hope that the children will be inspired by the heritage, countryside and the many fun cultural activities happening around Norfolk for their inspiration.

'I'm sure that there are many experiences in everyday life from walking in the park, shopping in Norwich or making sand castles on the beach where ideas will flourish.'

She also asked the Jarrolds book team what the best children's authors are at the moment.

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She said: 'Perhaps unsurprisingly, the children's storytellers to have enduring success are household names. David Walliams, Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson are top of the list.

'Those that are the most successful in terms of book sales have broad appeal combining a consistent output of high-quality books telling excellent stories with equally superb illustrations. Their books are enjoyed by boys and girls of different age groups.

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'For those authors who know a grown-up might be reading a story aloud to a younger reader, they are often very good at appealing to both age groups ensuring there are hidden treasures in the story that will appeal to them.'

How to enter

Write On Norfolk is a creative writing competition for five to 13-year-olds. Entries can be a poem, a story, diary entry or a letter – but must be under 500 words, and refer to Norfolk. There are three age categories. See www.norfolk.gov.uk/writeon

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