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A new international writing competition

To celebrate International Literacy Day (8th September 2019) we have launched a brand new international writing competition, My Twist on a Tale.

11 Sep 2019
To celebrate International Literacy Day (8th September 2019) we have launched a brand new international writing competition, My Twist on a Tale. 

We're encouraging budding young writers to tear up the rule book and give their 21st century take on classic tales and stories by creating their own book of fantasies!

At Pearson, we know that diversity, inclusion and relatability matter. We believe that at whatever age - from early stages to adulthood - people should feel represented in the literature they read and the stories they write.

This free competition empowers children and young people to put themselves at the heart of their own stories as they assert their modern-day stamp on classic tales and create their own stories to reflect their personal interests, heritage, background and experiences. 

While the winners will see their works published as a collection of short stories for all to read, we hope eveyone who takes part enjoys finding their voice, expressing themselves freely and having fun along the way.

So, what are you waiting for? Register now and you will receive your entry pack. 

Some ideas to get your writers started today:

1. Create a writing workshop. 

Let your writers brainstorm and reflect on possible story ideas. Why not put these on a board for participants to add to as they work on their pieces? 

2. Encourage a sense of self. 

Spend time with your writers to help them identify things about themselves they could include in their story. Physical and emotional characteristics, elements of their home life, personality traits, interests and experiences can all be included and are an essential part of the judging criteria.
3. Know your topic! 

Encourage your writers to talk about and read their favourite fairy tales, stories and fables together. What is it they like? Explore the characters, storylines and underlying messages to highlight areas for consideration in their own compositions. 

4. Read! 

Help support your writers by regularly reading stories and fables together or as part of their own research. Don’t forget to encourage positive discussions about each one. 

5. Read, share and talk about writing. 

Hold regular sessions where your writers can share their thoughts and receive feedback from you and their peers in a positive and supportive way. Celebrate good ideas and progress with story awards or alternative recognition and encourage mini feedback groups to support writers as their develop their pieces.

More tips and ideas can be found in the entry pack. Register your interest in the competition here and we will send you your entry pack via email. 

Register here!

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