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Children’s Cricket Writing Competition

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Welcome, welcome, welcome to the inaugural Words and Wickets Children’s Cricket Writing Competition.

Run in conjunction with cricket education charity Chance to Shine, we are absolutely delighted to invite children the world over to submit a piece of writing about our great game. All forms of writing are welcome from poetry and prose, to reportage and history writing, and any subject matter as long as it relates to cricket, for example:

  • • A fictional famous victory
  • • A real life cricket tour
  • • Cricket’s strange vocabulary
  • • The best cricket tea ever
  • • I know it’s cricket season because Dad’s never home
  • • Next time he makes me field at fine leg I’m going to…

There are two categories, one for 8-11 year-olds and the other for 12-16 year-olds.

If you are under 11 years of age, submissions should be a maximum of 500 words; and if you are between 12 and 16 years old, submissions should be a maximum of 750 words.

We have put together a wonderful panel of cricketing-writers and writing-cricketers to judge the entries: Anthony McGowan, author of novels and children’s stories including The Knife That Killed Me; novelist and screenwriter Joe Craig, author of the Jimmy Coates series of books; the former New Zealand cricketer Iain O’Brien, co-author of Pirates Don’t Play Cricket; and author and broadcaster Kamila Shamsie.

And the prizes, you ask – what about the prizes?

Well, first and foremost your work will be read out on stage by WordTheatre actors at the Words and Wickets’ Gala Evening in the Garsington Pavilion on the 24th July 2014. Your work will also be published in The Nightwatchman: The Wisden Cricket Quarterly, and of course you’ll get a bat — it is a cricket competition after all!

So download an application form here [ Entry Form PDF // Entry Form Docx ] and start writing.

The deadline is 5pm, Friday 11th July, with details of where to send your submission found on the application form.

We look forward to reading your entry! Good luck!

PS We have terms and conditions for this competition; you can download Words & Wickets CCWC T&Cs here.