KCOM launches Young Writers Competition inspired by Big Malarkey festival in Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Jun 2017

KCOM is searching for talented young writers to take part in a magical story competition.

Inspired by the UK City of Culture 2017's Big Malarkey children's literature festival, running between June 26 and July 2, KCOM has launched its Young Writers Competition in a bid to find Hull and East Yorkshire's most exciting young story tellers.

Each week children aged 14 and under will have the chance to write the next exciting twist or turn in the story by adding a new paragraph. They can use their imagination and creative flair to decide exactly how the drama, or comedy, or romance, or amazing giant robot space battle unfolds.

It's entirely up to the writers where they want the story to go.

KCOM will provide the first paragraph and after that the kids are in control. The only fixed part of the story is that it starts with 'The Magic Phonebox'.

Over seven weeks, KCOM, will pick the best paragraph to continue the story, with the winners each receiving a Kindle Fire and book vouchers.

Every child who enters will receive one of KCOM's popular commemorative K6 phonebox keyrings.

Cathy Phillips, KCOM's chief marketing officer, said: "We're delighted our Young Writers Competition will give Hull and East Yorkshire's talented young story tellers a chance to shine.

"There are so many great literary events taking place as part of UK City of Culture year that we hope a whole new generation of best-selling authors will be inspired to put pen to paper - or fingers to keyboard.

"The story will start with a magic phone box, but where it goes from there is entirely up to you. It could transport heroes into space, act as a doorway to another world or maybe deliver a most unexpected phone call to a passer-by. Be creative, let your imaginations run riot and we can't wait to read the results."

When the story is complete it will be transformed into an animation so the winners will be able to see their heroes, villains and mad cap adventures brought to life on screen.

Children can send their paragraphs to KCOM by visiting its competition page and filling in the form at www.kcomhome.com/storyteller .

They must attach their name, age, contact phone number and have their parents' permission to take part.

The competition will run until Monday, July 24 with seven weekly winners being chosen on the Monday of each week.



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