WELCOME TO THE WRITE STUFF!     
 
The Write Stuff short story competition is aimed at girls aged 11-16 and who live in the UK.
 
Literary powerhouse Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE has joined forces with The Sunday Times, TV presenter and journalist Claudia Winkleman, and publishers HarperCollins and to help discover the next generation of young female writers.
 
Barbara knows a thing or two about writing great stories. She had her first short story published when she was 10-years-old and, once she saw her name in print, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Since then, she's written 31 best-selling books which have been published in over 40 languages and in more than 90 countries and has sold over 90 million copies to date!
 
Barbara will be judging the competition along with a number of other top experts.
 
There's some amazing, money can't buy prizes to be won too and a chance to get you story published.
 

We're asking girls to write a short, fictional story with a central theme of 'family'.

Your fictional story could be inspired by your own family - including its past or your extended family - or be about a very different kind to yours. You might consider your friends your family. Families can be the source of great love, loyalty and support but also of secrets, rivalry and betrayal, as literature shows us again and again. Give your imagination free rein: what makes a family - and what will make a great story? Don't forget this must be fiction.

 
It should run to a maximum of 1,000 words, not including the title and be submitted online by Friday 21 July 2017 at noon.

Wishing you the best of luck!
 

"I’m all for any competition or initiative that encourages girls to use their voices and to tap in to their creativity. This is a fabulous opportunity for girls to express themselves and share their stories."

− Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE

"We are delighted to be running this writing competition once more to encourage girls to keep their creative juices flowing and explore topics which are so important to them. We're aiming to discover the next generation of brilliant journalists and novelists. Last year's entries were beautifully written, moving and inspiring - we're looking forward to lots more in that vein this year."

− Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director, The Sunday Times

"I think it’s critical that we encourage girls to write and let their voices be heard through their stories. They need to stand up and be seen and to be part of this world."

− Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE