I received a very exciting email today from charity READ International about a writing competition...
READ International is a charity that collects textbooks and books that are no longer used in the UK and send them to schools in East Africa. It costs just 50p to recycle a book from the UK, but £12 to buy a new book in East Africa.
At the moment we are hosting a competition titled Read for READ. Essentially it is a competition for aspiring authors aged 16 and above to get their work published in a short story anthology. The top 20 entires submitted will be put online for the public to vote. Each vote token costs 50p - the exact amount it costs to send a book to a child in Africa. The top 10 stories are then judged by industry experts including award winning literary agent Clare Alexander, founder of Cavendish Publishing Sonny Leong and author and journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. We have received a number of manuscripts so far and they are looking very promising and unique.
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 and so long as stories are written in English. Details on the competition can be found on the competition page, Read for READ.
How awesome does this competition sound? Not only do you get the chance to possibly have your work published, you also get to help out a charity! A little bit more info for you direct from the site:
How can I enter?
Enter a short story of no more that 5000 words on the theme ‘It Started With A Book’. Be as creative as you like with the theme! Enter between the launch of the competition on 4th March and midnight on the 13th May 2010. You can enter online by filling in our online submission form or send your printed typescript story to us, along with a signed postal entry form, to READ International, 37 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TL.
For more information, check out the website. And if you're a writer, why not enter? I'd get my skates on though, you only have three weeks and a day to enter!