Essex Book Festival aims to inspire and enthuse the young and young at heart with a whole host of events and activities for families, children and young people. This summer we are embracing FLASH FICTION, inviting children to write a SUPER SHORT STORY in 75 words or less.

We’ll give a prize to the best 75-word response, starting with the prompt:

“ONCE I FOUND A MAGIC BOOK AND WHEN I LOOKED INSIDE….”

HOW TO ENTER:

* email your story to [email protected], along with your name, age, and parent/guardian’s email address

* post it to Essex Book Festival, Centre for Creative Writing, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ – again, remember to tell us your name, age and parent/guardian’s email address

* download and print off our YOUNG ESSEX bookmark, fill it in and send it to us – click here to download the bookmark

We’re also working with our friends at Essex Children’s University – if you are a Children’s University Learner, you will be awarded 3 hours of CU Learning in your Passport to Learning on completion of this activity.

(Prizes will be awarded in October and in March – details to follow, so watch this space!)