Winter stories for Christmas magic

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Primary school children are being invited to enter a competition encouraging them to write a new festive story to be included in a winter inspired book.

Sam Hay, author of the Undead Pets series of books, has teamed up with for the competition.

Children aged between four and 11 can enter by writing a short story, less than 200 words, or poem inspired by winter or Christmas,

The top 50 entries from across the country will be published in a special e-book, released in December.

Sam Hay believes the competition can unlock children’s creativity, she said: “Writing books for children has given me the opportunity to meet and talk to many young people and I am always amazed and impressed by the stories they come up with.

“The season is a magical time and has so much potential for storytelling. I can’t wait to read the entries.

“I am passionate about encouraging children to read and write more.

“Harnessing the power of the imagination is a brilliant way of enhancing a child’s development, as well as being lots of fun.”

The entries will be judged by Sam Hay and a representative from

The overall winner of the competition will receive £1,500 for their school to spend on books or writing equipment, and a goody bag worth £50. The runners up will receive £250 and a goody bag.

Ian Cowley, managing director of, said: “We like to encourage creativity across all age groups and are right behind the idea of children using their imaginations to come up with magical Christmas stories.

“Having the best entries collated into a beautifully designed e-book also gives parents and children a lasting memory too.”

The closing date for entries is Friday, December 4.

For more information about how to enter, go to: