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Screen Your Story competition open for writers of all ages

02 March 2021 Share

Win a chance to get your story published and made into a film.

Screen Your Story is an annual event supported by British stars of the stage, screen and literary world, whose patrons include children’s author Michael Morpurgo, actress Patricia Hodge, Britain's inspirational wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan, songwriter Sir Tim Rice and comedian Jack Whitehall. It offers young people the chance to become a published author and have their stories made into a film.

The theme for this year's competition is 'kindness', with hopefuls being asked to explore being kind, doing kind things, having kind thoughts, looking at what classes as kind and the effect of being kind.

As well as five stories being chosen by professional directors to be made into films, prizes include winners seeing their story published in a fully illustrated collection called 'Stories From the Young'. They also have a chance to read their story at the Children's Literature Festival in Barnes.

Age categories are in six groups and entries are judged by a panel made up of teachers, playwrights and writers.

Not only does the competition encourage young people to follow their writing dreams, organisers also donate sponsorship funds to a good cause - and this year they decided to support Kidney Research UK, the largest kidney research charity in the UK.

Comedian Alistair McGowan, one of the competition sponsors and host of the annual Gala, said: “I’m so pleased that Screen Your Story has chosen to support Kidney Research this year. Kidney problems can affect young and old alike and can be hugely debilitating. So, anything that can help alleviate the pain of those suffering from kidney problems of any kind is most welcome.” 

Entries must be submitted by 21 March 2021. To find out more about the competition and get involved, visit the Screen Your Story website here.