Each story should be no longer than 1000 words, should have a title and connect to the starter paragraph. All entrants must live in the UK and be under 19 years of age. Entries will be judged by Prue Goodwin, consultant and lecturer in literacy learning and children’s literature. She says: ‘We will be looking for writing which shows imagination and originality.
Use the starter paragraph as a guide rather than a directive – and make sure the story is as engaging and entertaining as possible.’
Six winners will be invited to attend the Branford Boase Award celebration party in London in September, circumstances allowing. There they will meet Muhammad Khan and the authors shortlisted for the 2020 award as well as editors, publishers, agents, and other professionals in this field. They will receive a copy of each of the books shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and be able to have their books signed.
The six winners of the writing competition will be announced and their stories printed on the website on September 24th. The winners will be informed in advance and, circumstances permitting, invited to London to attend the party for the Branford Boase Award and the Henrietta Branford Writing Competition.
Details and how to enter
The closing date for the competition is Sunday 31st May 2020.
Please send your stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mark your entries Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2020 and be sure to include your name, address, contact details and age. You can give it a title as well. If you like.
Teachers, if you are collating children’s entries, please include your name, the name and address of your school and your contact details as well as the names and ages of the young authors.
If you can send it as a Word document, that would be great, but otherwise you can cut and paste it into your email to me. Please do not send as a PDF.