To celebrate the publication of Waiting for Callback: Take Two – the second title in the fun series from mother and daughter duo, Perdita and Honor Cargill, the publisher Simon & Schuster is launching a writing competition for ages 10-13 yrs and 14-16 yrs (judged in two separate age groups).
With a difference!
The competition is for a monologue or duologue (on a subject of the writer’s choice) that would work either on stage or the big screen. The monologue should be no longer than 400 words and the duologue no longer than 450 words – directions must be included in the word count.
Part of the idea of the competition is to invite young people to think about different writing styles. Honor Cargill explains “I’m dyslexic and I struggled with spelling and grammar but I never lost my love of stories. I was involved in a lot of acting when I was younger and that helped, not just with confidence but also as a way of engaging with stories without the intimidation of multiple pages of unbroken text. I like reading scripts and now I love writing in that format too (there are script sections in our book) and writing dialogue. I speak it out loud as I write.”
All the competition details, full T&Cs, and tips can be found on www.waitingforcallback.com Entries should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 14th April 2017 and the winners will be chosen by the editor of First News and the editorial director of Simon & Schuster. The winner will receive a £50 voucher for books, theatre or cinema and a bundle of books that they can choose from a list of recent Simon & Schuster titles, plus signed copies of both Waiting for Callback books.