Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Short story comp. for children.

Munch Bunch and RAI launch short story competition(note closing date!!)

  Munch Bunch and RAI launch short story competition
Munch Bunch and RAI launch short story competition
Karen Willoughby, RAI, Munch the Cow and Sarah Webb with 5-year-old Jessica Benwell
Children’s yogurt brand Munch Bunch has teamed up with the Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) and Irish children’s author Sarah Webb to launch Munch Bunch’s 2012 Story Writing competition, ‘Munch Time’.
Created to highlight the importance of story-telling between parent and child, is looking for aspiring writers, who are able to capture the imagination of young children, to submit original children's stories that are between 600-800 words, and begin with the opening line: "Once upon a Munch Time, there was a cow called Munch..."
Dr Karen Willoughby, president of the RAI, commented: "Any initiative that highlights the importance of reading to children and writing for children should be wholly applauded. If children are to experience success in literacy and develop a lifelong love for literature, it is vital that parents and caregivers engage in shared reading with children.
"By encouraging adults to write for children, the Munch Time initiative provides a unique opportunity for adults to write a story that will capture the imagination of children close to them, enabling them to experience the writing and reading process together in a most meaningful way."
Best-selling author, Sarah Webb, also added her support to the campaign and will be on hand to judge the final entries. Speaking in relation to her role, she said: "I'm delighted to support the Munch Bunch writing competition. Sharing bedtime stories with your children is the best way to raise kids who are mad about books. As a writer, an avid reader and a parent, I believe that reading is one of life's great pleasures. I believe that books can enhance and transform every child's life, and what better story to read them than one you've written especially? So get scribbling."
A prize of €1,000 and a one-to-one tutorial with best-selling author, Sarah Webb, exploring how to take your story further, will be awarded to the winning entry, and two runners-up will receive a selection of signed children's books from Sarah Webb's back catalogue.
Munch Time entries close at midnight on Friday 12 October with the winner being announced on 12 November. For further information on Munch Time, please visit

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