A message to our talented Writing Wizards:
In the current uncertain situation, we wanted to take the opportunity to reassure you that the Writing Wizardry Competition is continuing to run as normal. However, our offices, like schools, have had to close, and this has meant we have sadly been unable to access any entries posted to the office in the last week or so before the deadline.
We really want to be able to give everyone who entered a fair chance, so we will be postponing the shortlisting of the prize until we have had a chance to access all the stories and will let you know as soon as that has become possible.
As we won’t be able to hold the awards event as planned in May, we are looking to creating a virtual awards night online as soon as stories have been shortlisted and Maz Evans is available. The anthology may also become an online publication this year, but we will keep you posted on this too.
We hope you and your families are all staying well, and you have been able to write some more poems or stories in your extra time at home!
What is the Writing Wizardry Competition?
Calling all writers of eleven years and under! If you like to write poems or stories, why not prove what a Writing Wizard (or Witch) you are, and enter our competition? You could see your work published AND win a fabulous prize!
Send us a poem or a story of fewer than 500 words and you could see it published in the Writing Wizardry anthology AND win a fantastic prize. Your story or poem can be about ANYTHING you like, so let your imagination run wild!
HOW TO ENTER:
The Writing Wizardry Competition is free to enter for all entries from far and wide. There are two categories for this competition each with their own magical prizes:
- Years 3 & 4
- Years 5 & 6
There are no restrictions on what your story must be about but entries must be your own original work, so get scribbling! The Writing Wizardry Competition 2020 has now closed.
Simply email us your story at firstname.lastname@example.org, putting Writing Wizardry and your School Year (e.g. Year 4) in the email subject box. At the top of your email, write your name, address, age and the name of your school. Please also give us the name and email address of the adult who has read the terms and conditions and is supporting your entry.
Alternatively, you may enter by post, providing the details above in a covering letter to:
Writing Wizardry Competition,
c/o Emma Scattergood,
First Prize for each category:
A tower of wonderful books to the value of £150, plus three free copies of the anthology, in which your poem or story will be published.
Both the Year 3&4 and Year 5&6 second place entrants will receive a £25 book token plus three free copies of the anthology, in which your poem or story will be published.
School Prize – Author Visit from Maz Evans
Do you and your schoolmates like working together to create magic? If your school submits the most entries that make it into the shortlist, then your hard work could be rewarded with a creative writing workshop for your school by Maz Evans, best-selling author of the ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ series!
“The whole process of entering the Writing Wizardry competition has been very rewarding for the children and the Writing Wizardry Awards ceremony was truly special. All attendees were in awe of the author Ali Sparkes and captivated by her. The children were genuinely excited and many now aspire to careers in writing. We can’t wait to engage more children with the competition next year. Thank you”
– Sam Fuller, Deputy Head of Ringwood Junior School
The Judging Panel
All of the entries will be read by our panel of dedicated writers and lecturers at Bournemouth University who will then present their shortlist to our judges (see below). It is their job to make the difficult decision as to which writers should be our overall winner and runner up.
Our judges are:
Maz Evans is the author of the bestselling WHO LET THE GODS OUT? series. She began her writing career in journalism as a TV critic and feature writer and has also been a university lecturer. Most recently Maz founded Story Stew; a creative writing programme that visits primary schools and literary festivals around the UK. Maz has spoken to thousands of children and has never heard the same story twice. She lives in Dorset with her family.
A senior lecturer on MA Creative Writing & Publishing, BA English and BA Communication & Media at Bournemouth University, Emma is also the Editorial Director of Fresher Publishing. A former journalist, she was the deputy editor of Pony magazine in her early career, before going on to write for national women’s magazines. She is also the author of many books, including several works of non-fiction and one novel. Emma has an MA in Critical and Creative Writing from Winchester University and, as well as teaching creative writing at Bournemouth University, enjoys leading residential writing workshops in Dorset.