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Top Author to Judge Writing Competition for Youngsters with a Vision Impairment



The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is inviting children with a vision impairment to submit a piece of creative writing for its World Book Day writing competition.


The final competition winners will be judged by multi- award-winning children’s writer Sir Michael Morpurgo – author of books including War Horse and Private Peaceful.


The overall winner will receive ten signed copies of Michael Morpurgo’s books.


Writing submissions must be on the theme of ‘adventure’. Taking the lead from RNIB’s motto, ‘See differently’, the charity wants to celebrate different ways of seeing, sensing and taking part in an adventure that children have been on, or that they can imagine.


RNIB is keen to receive submissions from as many young people aged 5-12 as possible as part of its celebrations of this year’s World Book Day on March 7.


“Writing and being creative is hugely beneficial and enjoyable for everyone, especially when going through big life-changes such as growing up,” said RNIB’s Libraries Engagement Manager, Lara Marshall.


“Hearing the unique perspectives of young writers who have a vision impairment will be a real privilege and I can’t wait to read the fabulous work that I’m sure will be created. We are delighted that Michael Morpurgo has agreed to pick the winner for us as part of his support for RNIB’s World Book Day celebrations.”


No previous experience of creative writing is required and original pieces of writing up to 500 words on the theme ‘adventure’ can be submitted in a Word document, MP3 audio or MP4 video. The use of AI, such as ChatGPT, is not permitted.


Entries, in English, must be submitted via email to lara.marshall@rnib.org.uk with the subject of ‘WBD competition’ before midnight on February 18, 2024.


For further information go to www.rnib.org.uk

 

 

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