Deadline extended for young writers and journalists to get their entries in for the first Royston Arts Festival Creative Writing Competition

Non-fiction judges: Crow editor Nick Gill, The Listing founder Cath Boughton and freelance journalis

Non-fiction judges: Crow editor Nick Gill, The Listing founder Cath Boughton and freelance journalist Angus Batey. Picture: Terry Hartga - Credit: Terry Hartga

There is still time for your youngsters to get their entries in for Royston Arts Festival’s first Creative Writing Competition, but they best be quick as the newly-extended deadline looms.

The theme of the competition – and this year’s arts festival in September – is ‘changes’, and organiser Creative Royston’s chair Kirsten Grimmer hopes judges will get even more entries to consider.

She said: “We have seen some amazing, high quality entries, but we’re a demanding festival committee and know there’s even more talent out there for us to see.

“We’ve had a great response to the competition so far but some have requested a little extra time to get their best work in, so we want to give everyone an extra opportunity to submit something exciting.

“We’re especially looking for more non-fiction entries. Perhaps you fancy yourself as a journalist and want to report on something factual either in your school, town, country or a recent day trip.”

The deadline is 6pm next Thursday, July 27 – send entries of 500 words to chair@creativeroyston.org.

See www.creativeroyston.org for more information.