Enter our Young Author Challenge for your chance to see yourself in print!

We at the Four Shires Magazine absolutely love the written word and want the next generation to as well. With this is mind and as part of Four Shires Magazine’s 20th Anniversary celebrations this year, we are launching a new competition.

The ‘Four Shires Young Author Challenge’ is asking for young writers to let their imagination run wild this summer by writing a story of up to 500 words under the title ofA Summer Adventure’.

The ‘Summer Adventure’ can take any form, from fact to fiction and cover any genre.

We are opening the challenge to anyone between the ages of five and 14 years old. The competition will be broken down into two age categories; 5-9 and 10–14 with a first and second place winner being chosen from each category.

We have some fabulous prizes up for grabs:

The two first place winners (one from each category) will have their story, along with a profile of themselves printed in the 20th Anniversary special October issue of the magazine as well as being published on the Four Shires Website. The first place winners will also receive a Golden Family Pass to the Roald Dahl Museum and a £20 book token kindly supplied by Old Hall Books.

Two second place winners (one in each category) will have their story published in the November issue of Four Shires Magazine and on the Four Shires website and will receive a £10 book token kindly supplied by Old Hall Books.

Entering our ‘Young Author Challenge’ is simple. Write a short story, no longer than 500 words under the title of ‘A Summer Adventure’ and email this along with the child’s name, age and where they are from to OR Children may handwrite their story if they prefer and post it to us, including their name, age and where they are from to Cathy Black, Four Shires Magazine, Borough House, Marlborough Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 5TH. All entries must be received no later than the 5th September 2017.

Important things to remember:

  • We are happy for an adult to scribe for younger writers but what is typed or written must be exactly what the child has dictated.
  • The stories will be marked on enjoyment, characterisation and originality NOT on spelling and grammar so please do not amend any of these.
  • Children’s ages will be taken into account when the stories are judged
  • All entries received by the closing date of 5th September will be read and winners chosen from these by the Four Shires Team.
  • Stories may be illustrated if the child wishes
  • Have fun and let your imagination fun wild!

We look forward to reading all of your fabulous Stories!