Are you dreaming of a Write Christmas

A top children’s author is launching a competition encouraging children to pen a new festive classic for inclusion in a Winter inspired book.

Sam Hay, author of the Undead Pets series of books, has partnered with to stage the competition which is open to children aged between 4 and 11 and invites children to write a short story (less than 200 words) or poem inspired by winter or Christmas.

The very best 50 entries from across the region will be published in a special free to download e-book, released in early December 2014. In addition, the winning schools will receive £500 to spend on books or writing equipment and the winning child in each category will receive a stocking packed with festive treats worth £50.

Stories or poems will be judged by top children’s author Sam Hay and a representative from

Children, parents and teachers can get hints and tips from Sam Hay, plus full details of how to enter, at Schools will also be receiving entry packs in the coming days

Sam Hay believes the competition is a great step towards unlocking children’s creativity. She says: “Writing books for children has given me the opportunity to meet and talk to many young people and I’m always amazed and impressed by the stories they come up with.

“The season is a magical time and has so much potential for storytelling. I can’t wait to read the entries.

“I’m passionate about encouraging children to read and write more. And harnessing the power of the imagination is a brilliant way of enhancing a child’s development, as well as being lots of fun.”

Ian Cowley, managing director of, comments: “We like to encourage creativity across all age groups and are right behind the idea of children using their imaginations to come up with magical Christmas stories.

“Having the best entries collated into a beautifully designed e-book also gives parents and children a lasting memory too.”

Useful information:

● The competition has three categories: 4 – 6, 7 – 9 and 10-11

● Each category will have one overall winner. The winning school will receive £500 to spend on books or writing materials, a school visit from the author and the winning child will receive a goodybag worth £50.

● The best 50 entries from across the categories will be selected to appear in the ebook.

● Poems and short stories (less than 500 words) must be entered by a caregiver, parent or teacher who can give permission for the story, name and age of the child to be included in the book.

● The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Closing date for entries is 7 November 2014.


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