Details of how to enter the Midland Future Manchester Competition for Young Writers, which Julie Bertagna launches on Saturday 15 October and which MLF coordinates in partnership with Manchester Children’s Book Festival and Manchester Science Festival, are now online. Entries are invited from young writers aged 12-16 and we're looking for fictional short stories imagining what life in Manchester will be like at least 10 years in the future and how it may be affected by technological and environmental changes.
The competition will be judged by representatives of the Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Children’s Book Festival, and the overall winner will be selected by Julie, who will be providing top tips on how to write science-inspired fiction and how to get started with your story at a special launch at the Midland Hotel on Saturday 15 October (tickets are free, but booking is advised. Full details here). At the event, Julie will also be talking about her acclaimed trilogy for young adults, Exodus, Zenith and Aurora, which tells the incredible story of young people fighting to survive in a world that is drowning in the melt from polar icecaps.
The Midland Future Manchester Competition Rules
• The deadline for entries is 5pm on 5 March 2012. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.
• Entrants must be aged between 12 and 16 on 31 August 2012 to enter the competition.
• Entries must be the writer's own work.
• Entrants must live in Greater Manchester.
• Stories should be between 500 and 1,000 words in length and typed on A4 paper and posted to the address published on our website or sent as an email attachment (Word document please) to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Future Manchester" in the subject heading.
Winning entrants will have their stories published in an anthology which will be presented by author Julie Bertagna at a Manchester Children's Book Festival event on Friday 6 July 2012 at the Museum of Science and Industry. The overall winner will receive a pocket video camera.