New Year – the perfect time to try creative writing!

Published on: Wednesday, 14-January-2015

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to try something new in 2015? Then the Knowsley Writing Competition could be just the challenge for. There have been some great entries over the years from people who have never tried creative writing before, including two of last year’s winners.

Anyone interested has until the end of the month to enter either a poem or short story inspired by a photo.

The winner and runners-up in each category will receive a Waterstones’ gift card and there’s a special prize for the most outstanding entry.

David Brown, Knowsley Writing Competition 2013 runner-up, said:

“I couldn’t believe it when I found out I was a runner-up in last year’s competition. I’d no idea I had any sort of writing talent.

“I was inspired to enter after going along to the Knowsley Libraries’ story telling group. The sessions are really well run and my confidence for writing and telling stories just grew. They also provided the opportunity to learn and develop my writing skills.

“The whole experience was brilliant and has opened up a new world of storytelling to enjoy.”

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, said:

“The new year is a great time to try something new and our writing competition could be just the challenge you’ve been looking for! Please don’t be put off if you’ve never written anything like this before, two of last year’s competition winners weren’t. I’d encourage anyone thinking about entering this year to go for it and get your entry in by Monday 31 January.”

Entries from children aged 5-12, should be between 50 and 500 words. Young people aged 13 to 18, should write be between 300 – 1,000 words and over 18s should submit a piece between 500 – 1,000 words.

First prize winners will receive an engraved shield to keep and have their names engraved on the Knowsley Writing Competition Shield which is displayed in Kirkby Library.  There will also be an additional Knowsley Library Staff Award of £50 Waterstones’ Gift Card for an outstanding entry.

The competition is open to anyone who lives, works or studies in Knowsley, or is a member of a library in the borough.

Entry forms are available to download from Knowsley Council’s online library and from any of the borough’s libraries. Entries can be emailed to: writing@knowsley.gov.uk or handed in to any library in Knowsley along with a copy of the photo which has inspired your submission.

The closing date is Monday 31 January 2015 and the winner will be announced on World Book Day on March 5, 2015.