Children’s author Kate urges young Leeds fans to get creative - and enter our story writing competition

EP story comp''Kate Pankhurst and Cllr Katherine Mitchell.
EP story comp''Kate Pankhurst and Cllr Katherine Mitchell.
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MORE than 100 inspirational women and girls from across Leeds attended the second annual ‘Celebrating Women’ event.

Kate Pankhurst, who is behind the Mariella Mystery Investigates series, said entering competitions was a great way to experiment with ideas and have some fun doing it.

To enter children just have to write a story of 200 words or less.

It must also start with the following intro which is not included in the word count.

‘It really felt like the first day of Spring. Amongst the snowdrops, I saw something sparkling on the grass...’

The Leeds author, who is also an illustrator, said: “If you’ve got a story spinning around in your head, something funny, spooky, tear jerking or surprising, now is the chance to finish it. Stories work best when they are shared.”

We have teamed up with Leeds Library and Information Service for the Spring-themed contest.

There will be categories for primary schoolchildren, secondary schoolchildren and pupils at special schools.

The winning stories will then be read out by Ms Pankhurst at a special event at Leeds Central Library.

All entries by email to or sent in using the share a story button at

Entries must be received by March 20. Any entries received after this time will not be counted.

Entries may appear in the paper and online.

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The YEP is running a Get Leeds Reading campaign, in conjunction with the Beanstalk charity, to help ensure future generations are equipped with the skills they need to succeed.

We are calling on an army of 50 YEP readers to sign up as volunteer reading helpers and help boost children’s literacy rates across the city.

For details on how to sign up as a reading helper in Leeds, visit