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World Book Day: Bishop's Stortford MP Julie Marson issues short story challenge to primary school pupils

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Bishop’s Stortford MP Julie Marson has challenged children in her constituency to write a short story.

The competition for primary pupils has been launched in partnership with publishing and education company Pearson.

To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday March 4, the Conservative member for Hertford and Stortford will judge the entries from young writers. Two winners – one from the Key Stage 1 cohort and the other from Key Stage 2 – will receive prizes.

Julie Marson's short story competition for primary pupils (44379499)
Julie Marson's short story competition for primary pupils (44379499)

She said: “I'm asking young authors across Hertford and Stortford to send me their short stories. I will be judging these on their originality and use of imagination.

“Education is a priority of mine and there's no better way to improve literary skills than by reading and writing. That’s why I'm pleased to be hosting this competition.”

To enter, children should ask a parent, guardian or teacher to email their story to julie.marson.mp@parliament.uk. The email should detail the entrant’s full name, age, school, year group, postal address and an email address for their parent/guardian. Stories must be no more than 500 words. The deadline to enter is noon on Thursday February 25.

Entrants must be primary school age and either live in or attend a school in the constituency. The winners will be revealed by Mrs Marson on World Book Day.

World Book Day is an annual celebration of books and reading. Every child in full-time education in the UK is given a voucher to be spent on books.

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