Wrangle and Old Leake pupils get creative for writing competition

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YOUNGSTERS from Wrangle and Old Leake primary schools have just days left to take part in a creative writing competition.

The Writing Rocks! contest is for pupils in three categories – age seven and under, eight-11 and 12-16 – and offers prizes from sponsors Staples to the winning entries.

It will be judged by Boston author, blogger, broadcaster and publisher Tim Atkinson. The best will be published in an anthology of children’s writing.

The idea to run a creative writing competition came from a focus shared by many schools on raising levels of attainment in writing.

Co-organiser and Wrangle School vice-chair of Governors Jeannette Ellwood said: “Writing Rocks! has been very enthusiastically-received. “It builds on the work I started at Wrangle school with our blog for budding writers, Wrangle Reporters, and is an exciting opportunity for children to actually get their work published.”

She added: “Who knows, we may find the next JK Rowling.”

Susan Rayner, head teacher at Old Leake Primary School, has been an enthusiastic supporter of Writing Rocks! from the outset.

“At Old Leake school, we are always focussed on improving standards and at the same time, making learning fun,” she said.

“Writing Rocks! ticks both boxes – children are encouraged to let their imaginations fly free and the quality of their work has been excellent.”

Judge and publisher Tim Atkinson is known for championing the cause of undiscovered writing talent – and with this competition he hopes to encourage the very youngest new authors to put pen to paper.

He said: “We want as many children as possible to be able to take part, to have a chance of winning a prize and be published in the competition anthology.”

Entries can be on any subject matter and there is no word limit.

Entries should be submitted to writingrocks@gmail.com by Saturday, October 15.