Orpington boy one of the best in national writing competition

PUBLISHED: 11:03 17 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:03 17 September 2014

The competition aims to encourage children to read and write more

The competition aims to encourage children to read and write more


Part of a drive to encourage youngsters to read and write

A seven year old from Orpington has been named a runner up in Explore Learning’s national young writers’ award.

Max Dickinson from Bickley Park, fought off tough competition from children all over the region with his story, ‘The battle for kroknany kingdom’. The competition, now in its sixth year, was judged by award winning illustrator and author of the Tom Gates series of books, Liz Pichon.

This year’s task was to write a 500 word story with the theme ‘fairy tales and fables’.

Since launching six years ago, hundreds of thousands of children all over the country have taken part, overwhelming the team at Explore Learning with their imaginative tales and creative stories, and this year has been no different!

Ms Pichon says: “All the finalists’ stories were fantastic! I was so impressed at the incredibly high standard of writing. There were some amazing, creative, interesting and funny tales. It made picking a winner very hard. Well done to everyone who took part.”

Carey Ann Dodah, head of curriculum at Explore Learning says: “We have been thrilled with the quality of entrants we have received this year and the runners up have done brilliantly well to make it through to the short list.

“We recently found that a massive three quarters of parents in the UK say their children either never write stories or only do so when tasked by their teachers which is just terrible.

“The aim of the national young writers’ award is to encourage children to pick up pen and paper and not be afraid of giving writing a try so a big well done to all our young writers.”

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