Children’s wildlife writing competition launched by RSPCA31/10/2012 12:15:06 Children's short story competition launched
October 2012. Young people are being encouraged to go wildlife spotting to get inspiration for a new children's short story competition - Wild About Britain - run by the RSPCA.
The wildlife-themed contest is inspired by classic bedtime tales such as Wind in the Willows, Peter Rabbit and Fantastic Mr Fox - which a recent survey showed still top the list of the nation's favourite wildlife stories and characters.
Under 11 and 12 - 16 year olds
Chris Packham, RSPCA Vice President and ambassador for the competition, said: "What could be a more perfect this autumn than go out into our autumnal woods and search out signs of animals like hedgehogs, foxes and badgers - then go home and write about them.
"Characters like Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Fantastic Mr Fox and Badger from Wind in the Willows have thrilled children and got them excited about the wild world around them for generations. Now we are looking for a new family of inspiring wildlife personalities and think there may well be some budding young writers out there who may help us. With the Olympics, Paralympics and Jubilee it has been an incredible year for Great Britain - now it is time to remember that our wildlife is great too.
Fantastic Mr Fox is favourite book
Ophelia Dahl, Roald Dahl's daughter and chair of Roald Dahl's literary estate, also comments, "I am thrilled that Fantastic Mr Fox has been voted the nation's favourite wildlife story. I recall my dad trying out the tale on my sister Lucy and I, as a bedtime story. We're delighted that clever Mr Fox is still a favourite across the country. I hope that such classic tales and memorable characters will inspire a generation of budding writers to get involved in Wild About Britain which I am delighted to be supporting. This is a brand new and hugely exciting competition for children where they can explore Britain's great outdoors for inspiration and create their very own adventure."
The closing date for the competition is midnight on Monday 10 December 2012 and the winner will receive a selection of books from Random House publishers and be published on the website. The full judging panel is to be confirmed but will include Chris Packham.