BUDDING wordsmiths are invited to get writing for a competition to win the chance to see their name in print.

The Friends of Victoria Park (FOVP) is launching the competition to write a story or poem about ‘How Green is My Town St Helens’ or ‘Adventures in Victoria Park’ in no more than 1,000 words for a short story, or 40 lines for a poem.

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The competition is open to young writers aged between five and 11 and divided into two sections short story and poetry.

The winner in each section will receive a first prize of a £25 book token, a copy of a poetry book written by Sue Gerrard, the writer and poet in residence at Victoria Park and publication on the FOVP website.

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The runner-up in each section will receive a £15 book token and the top 20 entrants in each category will receive a special certificate.

The winners will be presented with their prizes at a special presentation on Thursday, March 5 at St Mark’s Lodge, Victoria Park.

The rules of entry are:

  • Each entry should be no more than 1,000 words for short stories or 40 lines long for poems.
  • Only one entrant per person.
  • The entrant should live or attend school within the borough
  • Handwritten entries are acceptable but must be legible
  • Each entrant should have the permission of their parent/guardian to enter
  • The winners must be able to attend the prize giving ceremony
  • Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash or other gifts
  • Copyright remains with the author although the FOVP reserve the right to use the winning stories and poems in competition publicity.
  • No correspondence will be entered into
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • Entrants’ names or contact details must not be written on the entry but on the official entry form
  • Relatives of the FOVP are not eligible to enter
  • Entries cannot be returned so please do not send an only copy
  • All entries must be received by Friday, February 17, 2020.

Send entries to fovpinfo@yahoo.com