Record entry for children's writing challenge Ely 501

PUBLISHED: 07:01 18 May 2017

Author Julian Sedgwic is one of the judges of the 2017 Ely 501 competition.

Author Julian Sedgwic is one of the judges of the 2017 Ely 501 competition.

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More than 170 entries have been received for this year's Ely 501, the creative writing challenge for local children aged 13 and under.

The competition’s submissions have doubled since it began in 2015.

“It’s a tribute to local enthusiasm and imagination,” says Annabel Reddick of Burrow Bookshop Ely, who are the main sponsors for the competition.

“Our young writers have really made the competition their own. This is our third year and our judges will have an incredibly daunting task to find the best of the best.”

The judges for the competition include children’s authors Julian Sedgwick and Mark Lowery. Organisers will be contacting the winners by the end of the first week in June.

More than 30 stories will be included in a specially commissioned book which will be available to the public after the competition’s awards ceremony which takes place on Saturday July 1 at St Mary’s Church, Ely.

For more information about the writing challenge contact David Learner via mrsimmsely@gmail.com or 07749 760445.

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