A local children’s writing competition is returning for its second year following the success of its launch in 2017.
The JVenn Young Writers’ Competition was launched by the JVenn Foundation and Hull Libraries in a bid to promote creative writing and literacy in Hull.
Hull Libraries is hosting workshops on 10 and 24 August for anyone between 7-14 to brush up on their writing and drawing skills before entering the competition, which is open for entries until early November.
Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd, said:
“Our summer workshops are a brilliant way of doing something different this summer. Children will get the chance to exercise their creative skills in a way that isn’t always available during the school holidays.
“During the long summer break from school it’s important that we keep children engaged with literacy, and this is a great way to keep your child in touch with storytelling and creative writing.”
The workshops can be attended as a standalone event or as preparation for the competition, to inspire entries.
This year Earth will be the guiding theme for children entering the competition’s four categories: short story, poem, blog post or comic strip.
The finalists in each category could win book tokens and family theatre tickets to a show of their choice. Their entries will also be brought together and published in a unique book distributed around the city.
The competition follows the success of last month’s Big Malarkey Festival, a children’s literacy festival held in East Park, also run by Hull Libraries.