IT’S the countdown to Christmas – and we want youngsters to put pen to paper and bring the magic of the festive season to life.
The Yorkshire Evening Post is asking children aged 16 and under to write a 250-word cracking Christmas story.
And there is £50 gift card for the Trinity Leeds shopping centre for the best festive tale with a twist – plus the chance to see your work in print.
The winner and a selection of entries will be published in the paper and online.
The story should start with these paragraphs, which are not included in the word count.
“Rosie snuggled up in her bed when she suddenly heard a noise, could it really be Father Christmas, she thought? She looked out of the window...”
The competition, like our spooky story contest at Halloween, has proved very popular in the past.
This year’s Halloween story writing competition was won by Guiseley School pupil Theo Ellis, aged 13, who beat more than 100 other entrants to claim the top spot for his story with a chilling dialogue and hair-raising storyline.
And now, as we approach Christmas, we are once again urging schools, groups and children across the city to fire their imaginations and take part.
Please email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 19 or send your story to Yorkshire Evening Post Christmas Story Comp, Yorkshire Evening Post, Hannah Start, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 2 IBE.
Please include contact details for your parent or guardian and get their consent before entering. Usual Johnston Press competition rules apply.
We would also like to feature schools’ Christmas concerts, productions and nativity plays in the Yorkshire Evening Post in the coming weeks.
Schools should email a picture of the children in their costumes to Hannah.email@example.com by December 9 to be included in our series of Christmas double page spreads.
Please make sure parental consent has been given for children to be pictured.
The YEP has launched a one-stop shop for all things festive on our website. For gift ideas, what’s on guides, cooking tips, festive fashion advice and more, visit www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/christmas