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Fiction-writing competition for children launched in Wales and Namibia

14 February 2020

Kids reading on a library floor

The University of Namibia and Cardiff University are today launching a joint competition for short stories aimed at children.

The competition is being run by the Phoenix Project, a collaboration between the two universities to improve health, reduce poverty and develop a sensitive and sustainable approach to the environment.

Budding and experienced authors are asked to submit short stories, written in English, suitable for children aged between seven and 15 years.

Stories can be on any subject but organisers are hoping entries will include strong role models for children to encourage reading and promote cultural exchange.

Professor Kenneth Matengu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia, said: “Reading offers children a sense of excitement and exploration and helps them to become more inspired and innovative students.”

Professor Judith Hall, Cardiff University’s Lead for the Phoenix Project, said: “Reading fires the imagination and stimulates children’s desire to learn. Reading more will open the doors to a better education and greater achievement.”

The Arts Council of Wales is supporting the competition and three small monetary prizes will be offered to the winners.

The Phoenix Short Fiction for Children Competition 2020 is open to anyone resident in Namibia and Wales (minimum age for entry is 18). Entries, which should be no more than 3,000 words, can be submitted via until 30 April.

More information about the Phoenix Project can be found here.

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