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Opportunity for young writers extended - 23/10/17
Hull Libraries has extended a competition inviting Hull’s youngest writers to have their work published in a new competition, sponsored by the J Venn Foundation.

The Venn Young Writers’ Competition is now open until Wednesday 8 November, in a bid to reach more young people across the city.

Children aged between 7-14 are invited to enter any or all of four categories of the competition, which include: short story, poetry, blog writing, or designing their own comic strip. Each category must include a reference to the theme ‘Circle’ - reflecting the iconic shape of a Venn diagram.

Ellen Bianchini, Director of The Big Malarkey Festival at Hull Libraries, said: “After seeing such an enthusiastic response from children in the competition so far, we were keen to guarantee the opportunity was seen by young people from all over the city.

“Creative writing is such a wonderful thing to inspire in children – we hope that by extending the deadline of the competition, more young people will take part in this fantastic cultural opportunity.”
The extended deadline for the competition now allows young people to put their writing skills to the test over the half term break, coming up next week.

Entries so far have seen children from areas including Longhill, Bransholme and the Avenues take to the page, but Hull Libraries hopes to attract more entries from right across the city.

The winning entries will be printed in an anthology and illustrated by students from Wyke Sixth Form College. The book will be presented at next year’s Big Malarkey Festival, and also be made available in all branch libraries across the city.

Winning entrants will also win theatre tickets for their whole families and runners up will receive book tokens.
Children can send in their entries to the competition by email, to, or by dropping their entry into any library in Hull. Name, age and address must be supplied with all entries. More information can be found at

All entries must be submitted by Wednesday 8 November.

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