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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Creative writing competition launched for care experienced children in Scotland

Written by The Editorial Team

A brand new writing competition for all school-aged children in Scotland who are looked after or have experienced care has launched today.

CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children) has teamed up with The Scottish Book Trust, Who Cares? Scotland, the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde, and the world famous Edinburgh International Book Festival to run this distinct and exciting competition.

Scotland’s national poet, Jackie Kay, is on board to judge the winning poem or story during a special event at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 15 August.

The theme for the competition is ‘Random Moments’, which involves participants writing 500 words in English or Scots about an unexpected surprise, a moment that was a turning point, or a fork in the road, which can be transformed into an inspiring story.

There are two age categories: one for primary aged children; and one for secondary aged young people. Fantastic prizes are available for both the winners and the finalists including: a trip to the Harry Potter Experience in London with overnight stay and travel; a storytelling and creative writing workshop; and tickets for Scottish Book Trust Authors Live events.

Jackie Kay (pictured) commented: "Very excited to be judging this competition and I’m looking forward to reading the stories and poems that come out of our theme: Random Moments. Writing a poem or a story gives you a chance to explore another self. We’re hoping to read poems and stories that emerge from this interesting theme. Write a poem or a story in your own voice or the voice of a character. Seize the moment! Get Write In."

Joanne McMeeking, Head of Improving Care Experiences at CELCIS, comments: “This competition gives a fantastic opportunity for care experienced young people to write something creative that reflects their own imaginations or experiences. The winners of the competition will have their poem or stories read out at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which is a tremendous opportunity for any young budding writer.”

The closing date for the competition is 15 June.

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