Writing contest for secondary school children launched

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A NEW writing competition for secondary school children has been launched by Visit Jersey.

Pupils in Years 7 to 9 are being encouraged to write up to 500 words focusing on the theme of ‘why Jersey makes for an ideal autumn break’.

It should include practical tips for the break, as well as two or three original photographs.

Entries should be submitted between 25 September and 6 October, and the winning submissions will be announced by the end of the month and published in the JEP and Visit Jersey’s website, jersey.com.

Representatives from Visit Jersey and the JEP will judge the entries, along with Jersey-born travel journalist Antonia Windsor, who will be giving a public travel-writing workshop as part of the Jersey Festival of Words on Sunday 24 September between 10.30am and 1pm.

The festival is also supporting the competition.

Ms Windsor, who was educated at FCJ, Le Rocquier and Hautlieu, is also offering travel-writing workshops to secondary schools during the festival until Sunday, giving pupils the opportunity to learn how to craft the perfect travel feature.

Tricia Warwick, chief executive of Visit Jersey, said: ‘The Jersey Festival of Words is all about celebrating the written word and this competition aims to really get students thinking about where they live and the inspiration that can be found on their own doorstep.

‘We can’t wait to see how students capture the essence of our beautiful island and the spirit of the Jersey Festival of Words in their storytelling.’

Entries should be emailed as an attachment to media@visitjersey.je.