Chance for young authors to see work in print
BUDDING young authors in Newquay are being encouraged to take part in a nationwide writing competition.
Youngsters up to the age of 14 are being invited to create an eight-page children's book, and the winning submission will be printed and sold for charity later this year.
The Fairytale Of Parkdean competition has been launched by Parkdean, which owns holiday parks in Newquay, Holywell Bay and Crantock beach, and children will be asked to create their own adventure for the company's trademark characters Sid the Seagull and Lizzie the Lizard.
Lisa Rootes, head of partnerships at the National Literacy Trust, said it was delighted to back the contest.
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"Writing adventure stories will help a child to develop reading and writing skills in a creative and exciting way," she said. "We'd love to see as many parents as possible encourage their children to enter the competition and have fun exploring their imaginations."
The winner, picked by a panel of experts, will not only experience having a story in print but will also win a family holiday with Parkdean. Chief executive John Waterworth said: "Children have such fantastic imaginations but, when competing against the likes of computers and online gaming, reading and writing can often take a back seat unless we make an effort to support and encourage our youngsters to practice these skills.
" We hope to inspire youngsters to put pen to paper, and we can't wait to see what they come up with." See www.Parkdean. com/FairytaleofParkdean where entries can be uploaded until November 7.