Test your writing skills in 100-word challenge

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Writing a novel is a challenge. More specifically, it is something like an 80,000-word challenge.

But what if you’ve got an idea for a story that is a little bit shorter?

Kent County Council is launching a competition, running in May, for very short stories. In fact very, very short stories.

Anyone can enter – and the only restriction is that your story should be no longer than 100 words.

And if 100 words sounds a bit too brief, that’s part of the fun.

The competition will run throughout May, which is National Share a Story Month, with the winners expected to be announced in mid-June.

Entries will be invited in four age categories, up to school Year 2, Year 3 to Year 6, Year 7 to Year 11 and everyone else. There is no upper age limit; if you can write, you can take part.

Winners will see their stories printed in the pages of this newspaper, and broadcast on Radio Kent. Other prizes are being finalised.

Judging duties will be shared by Kent County Council and Kent on Sunday.

Patrick Leeson, KCC corporate director for education, learning and skills, said: “Listening to stories is one of the earliest memories for many of us.

“Developing our own ability to write stories is a natural progression of these early childhood experiences and one that allows us to tell our own unique stories.

“Fostering a love of reading and writing is at the core of all who work with children and young people and we are therefore delighted to be promoting a project that encourages chidren to explore their thoughts and experiences in writing.

“The 100-word story competition is all about taking that natural instinct for telling stories and encouraging everyone to turn it in to something fun – and do a little bit of literacy in the process.”

Chris Britcher, editor of this website, added: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with KCC to help support this competition.

“Writing a novel is an intimidating prospect - writing a story in 100 words should be less so, but no less challenging.

“We’re looking forward to reading what people can achieve in such a short amount of space.”

More information about Kent County Council’s 100-word story competition is available at www.kent.gov.uk/100words – where you will also find an online entry form and a postal address, if you would prefer not to enter online.

The competition is running at the same time as Share a Story Month, an initiative from the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

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