Wantage Student Writing Challenge, with the chance to win a book token from the Madhatter Bookshop in Wantage

Calling students in Years 7 to 13 interested in writing and journalism!

Would you like to write a local story, receive constructive feedback on it and have the opportunity to see the results published on a local website with over 18,000 page views a month, Penny Post can help you make this a reality.

Penny Post is passionate about covering all aspects of life in the area and is keen to encourage the next generation of local journalists and writers.

We invite local students in Years 7 to 13 to write an article of between 300 and 700 words about anything in Wantage that interests you (but you don’t have to live in Wantage to enter).

It could be:
• an interview
• report on an event, local campaign or good cause
• music, art or book review
• a fictional story set in Wantage

You can also submit jpg or pdf images with your text.

How to Enter

Email your article (please send this in the body of the email, not as an attachment) to competitions@pennypost.org.uk by 5pm on Monday 30 March.

All entries will receive feedback from the editors and will have the opportunity to be published on Penny Post.

The Winner

We know it’s going to be hard to pick just one. However, in the decision of the judges (see below), the best article will receive a £20 gift voucher from the Madhatter Bookshop in Wantage.

The Judges

Jayne Snewin is a judge for BBC 2’s 500 Words 2020 the UK’s largest story writing competition for kids, and Wantage Literary Festival’s 300 Words event. Jayne is a retired local primary school headteacher and also runs the Wantage Literary Festival’s School programme.

Wantage Mayor Jim Sibbald has lived in Wantage for 17 years and been a Town Councillor for 11. He is currently in his second term as Mayor of Wantage.



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