Final chance to enter YEP story competition

Author Kate Pankhurst reads her book to Pudsey Tyresal Primary School pupils last year.
Author Kate Pankhurst reads her book to Pudsey Tyresal Primary School pupils last year.
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Young authors have a few extra days to finish their stories for our writing competition - with the deadline extended until Monday.

We have teamed up with Leeds Library and Information Service for this Spring-themed contest and great entries have already come in.

Now to give more young talent the chance to show their skills the deadline for entries has been extended to the start of next week.

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

It must also start with the following introduction 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 winning stories will then be read out by Leeds illustrator and author of Mariella Mystery Investigates series Kate Pankhurst at a special event.

The winners will also have a chance to meet the writer at the celebration at Leeds Central Library on April 10.

There will be a number of different categories for primary schoolchildren, secondary schoolchildren and pupils at special schools.

The competition is part of the YEP’s Get Leeds Reading campaign to help children to enjoy books.

The YEP revealed earlier this year that almost 1,000 pupils left primary schools in Leeds last year without learning to read properly.

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

Entries must be received by March 23.

Any entries received after this time will not be counted.

Entries may appear in the paper and online.

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