The creative writing challenge for East Cambridgeshire children up to the age of 13 has launched its 2016 competition and the organisers are hoping to top last year’s astonishing results. Well over seventy entries were received and the standard couldn’t have been higher.
“It was truly amazing!” says Annabel Reddick from Burrows Bookshop. Along with Mr Simms Ely, her co-organiser of the competition, she read through every single story. Dragons and werewolves, rockets and pirates, they all appeared in a wide variety of fantastical tales, making judging an almost impossibly hard task.
The chair of the judges is Julian Sedgwick, acclaimed children’s novelist, whose Mysterium books have grown rapidly in popularity. What’s he looking for in the winning entries?
“Like last year, I’m hoping to read stories that contain sentences that make me smile, that express a thought simply and elegantly, that surprise, that introduce a character in a few neat strokes, that send a chill down the spine or that make me think. And I hope to read a story or two that makes me sigh and say ‘I wish I’d written that’!”
2016’s competition again has few rules, except that the word limit is 501. In common with Sherlock himself Ely 501 now has a younger brother – Ely 50Crime – and entrants are invited to choose either category.
Says Julian: “I love detective stories and have read series set everywhere from ancient China to Victorian London to modern day Arizona. Their attraction lies in the simplicity of the set up – something terrible has happened and we need to know who did it, and just as importantly – why. That’s a very compelling story hook, and coupled with our desire for justice, makes for powerful stories.”
Entry forms can be obtained from Burrows or Mr Simms Ely and need to be returned by Friday 25 March.
At a ceremony on Saturday 2 July at St Mary’s Church Ely the winners will be awarded with prizes and will see their work published in a specially commissioned book which will be available at Burrows.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Questions & Answer about Ely 501 ” margin_design_tab_text=””]and of course Ely 50Crime[/ultimate_heading][vc_toggle title=”So what is Ely 501?” el_id=”1456832314926-95d9110a-344e”]
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[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”So as long as I’m 13 or younger I can enter?” el_id=”1456832414845-9fa0a6e5-aeb5″]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Ooh, prizes! What are the prizes?” el_id=”1456832463187-9aab859b-e38b”]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Gift vouchers, brilliant! Where will I be able to use them?” el_id=”1456832490448-52619068-aa8c”]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What can my story be about? Anything?” el_id=”1456832526607-2f5b8983-2156″]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can I get help with my story?” el_id=”1456832547930-8d6e1e3d-fbec”]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Does it need to be written, or can I write it on my tablet, iPad or PC?” el_id=”1456832580511-2462e24a-6dd3″]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can I add pictures to my story?” el_id=”1456832603544-9048ddcf-963a”]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Does it need to be a story or can I write it as a film or TV script?” el_id=”1456832627248-999fcd20-739a”]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can my story be less than 501 words?” el_id=”1456832666018-737c7a74-78d4″]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Is my story title included in the number of words?” el_id=”1456832695750-04a531d8-ff4e”]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Can I partner with someone to write my story?” el_id=”1456832724185-c8c080c8-0858″]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Anything else I should know?” el_id=”1456832747509-f0effb87-f446″]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”And when’s the awards ceremony?” el_id=”1456832779724-2e2b0f68-3e9a”]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Who’s judging the stories?” el_id=”1456832808264-da958913-1f7a”]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Sounds cool!” el_id=”1456832837044-f1f1fca1-80eb”]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Where do I get an application form? I want to get writing now!” el_id=”1456832859320-8171af17-e0b0″]
[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”And..?” el_id=”1456832886818-41092954-1d98″]