Children encouraged to write lockdown stories for Julia's House

Children encouraged to write lockdown stories for Julia's House

Published at 7:07am 23rd June 2020. (Updated at 7:08am 23rd June 2020)

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Best selling author Minette Walters has set up a summer short story competition in aid of the charity which runs Wiltshire's only dedicated children's hospice.

Children and young people are encouraged to show their writing talent by sharing their lockdown stories.

The Julia’s House Summer Shorties competition will have two different age groups, five to nine and ten to sixteen. 

All the entries will then be judged by Ms Walters and her panel. 

The winners and runners up in both categories will have their stories published on the Julia’s House website, with the winners receiving £100 each and the runners up £25 each.

There is no entry fee but anyone taking part in the competition is encouraged to make a donation with all the money going to the children's hospice charity. 

Minette Walters, who is a former pupil of the Godolphin School in Salisbury, said:

"For some, it will have been a prolonged and wonderful summer holiday, during which they’ve grown closer to their parents. For others, whose parents don’t’ get on, who don’t have a garden or who are missing their friends and grandparents, lockdown will be something they’d rather forget.

I want children and young people to think about this different summer and let their imaginations run free. They can write about it as it was, or how they would have liked it to be. It doesn’t have to be their summer, it can be someone else’s – an imaginary friend, an animal, a parent or a grandparent. I’m so looking forward to reading their stories. If children bring their imaginations to play on what the words mean, their stories will be magical."

The thriller writer, who is best known for The Ice House and The Sculptress, has been patron the charity for more than 20 years

She added: 

"Children don’t often get the chance to do something positive for other children, so the idea that they can do something like this to help Julia’s House is really wonderful, I think.

The money raised will contribute towards providing care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families. Ms Walters said: “Julia’s House is close to my heart because of the way they care for the children, their siblings and their families. They do wonderful work."

Minette Walters
Former Salisbury school pupil Minette Walters has come up with the competition

The competition is currently open and closes on Friday 31st July

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