JACQUELINE WILSON WRITING COMPETITION
I WONDER if you like writing stories? Perhaps you’d like to be an author when you’re grown up? Maybe you want to write a story but can’t come up with a good idea? How about going in for the Jacqueline Wilson Creative Writing Prize this year?
IT’S not going to be hard work, I promise! Your story should be between 750 and 1,000 words. That’s long enough to create interesting characters and develop your plot, but not so long that you’ll get tired out writing it.
You don’t have to write it all in one go. You could spend about 20 minutes on it one day, another 20 minutes the next and then the third day you could finish it and write those two immensely satisfying words at the bottom of the page: The End.
You don’t have to think up your own idea. I’ve got one for you. The theme is Unlikely Friendships, inspired by my latest book, Rose Rivers. Rose is a wealthy Victorian girl, who is bored and lonely and feels frustrated not being able to go away to school like her twin brother, Rupert. In Victorian times young girls were supposed to loll about at home, sketching and playing the piano and arranging the flowers. However, very poor girls had to go out to work from the age of 11 or 12, and toil first thing in the morning to last thing at night. This is the life Clover Moon leads, the young nursery maid who looks after Rose’s younger brothers and sisters. They become great friends in secret – such a friendship would be frowned on in Victorian times.
You don’t have to write about Rose and Clover for the competition. You can choose any unlikely friendship – between two very different boys, or a child and a much older person. It doesn’t have to be an actual person. It could be a story about a girl or boy and an animal. Perhaps it could be about an imaginary person or someone who lived in the past? I’m sure you’ll have some better ideas.
You might be tempted to enter now, but are wondering how on earth you’re going to start your story. That’s always the most difficult bit. However, I’ve made it easy for you. I’ve written the first two lines myself.
Your story should start: I’d wanted to find a special friend ever since I came here. However, I never thought I’d find such an amazing one!
So why don’t you carry on with the story? Then, simply go to first.news/jwwp2018 and see how you can enter for the prize. The winning entry will be printed in one of my own books – so you can proudly say you’re now a published writer. You will also win all sorts of goodies, too.
Have fun writing your story. Good luck!