Writing competition for young authors

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Renowned children’s author Michael Rosen is asking children in Portsmouth to show off their way with words.

The former Children’s Laureate is encouraging youngsters aged four to 10 to submit their stories to raise the profile of child literacy.

It’s a competition run by Sovereigns Wacky Warehouse.

‘We can’t wait to see what the next generation of Rosens and Rowlings come up with,’ said Adam Cheesman, general manager at the Wacky Warehouse branch in Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth.

As well as selecting the best entries, Mr Rosen will bring the tales to life at a special reading for the three winners.

‘I’ve always been keen to encourage children to explore their thoughts and ideas, and really enjoy their imagination,’ said Mr Rosen.

Three winning stories will be published in a Wacky Warehouse story book, to be made available in all 81 play centres, as well as printed on a wall at the winners’ local play centre.

The application form will be at wackywarehouse.co.uk, until Sunday, March 22.