How the Competition Works
The letter must be on a single side of an A4 sheet of paper, using your best handwriting.
Write a letter to an author, suggesting an alternative ‘beginning’ to their story/book. Tell them why you want to change the original ‘beginning’ and why the new one would work better, in your opinion.
The recommended word limit is 200-400 words max.
Entries should be handwritten using a fountain pen or any other type of ink pen, such as a rollerball or ball point pen. No other mediums (such as pencils or coloured pencils) should be used.
Doodles, drawings, border designs and simple artwork are permitted provided they do not affect or cover up the content of the letter.
Letters must be scanned clearly, the right way up using a printer/scanner or phone scanner – no photos.
Complete all sections of the online entry form, attaching your scanned handwritten letter in PDF format.
You should submit under the appropriate age category (Ages: 8-10, 11-13, 14-18), which relates to your age in accordance with the competition deadline.
The deadline to submit your letter is 11 December 2023.