Cash prizes to win in our kids’ competition

Lauren Birrell
Lauren Birrell

There’s a cash prize up for grabs for the winner of our Letters to the Editor competition for youngsters.

Following the success of our first-ever letters competition for young people aged 11 to 16 last year, we have decided to run it again.

Last year’s winner was 11-year-old Lauren Birrell, of English Martyrs RC Primary School.

She impressed the judges with her letter about how littering beaches can be cruel to animals and bagged herself the £100 prize.

Mum Zoe, from Thornes, said: “She was absolutely thrilled to win and wants to be a journalist, so it’s great that she managed to have something published.”

The letters page is one of the most-read features of any paper. It gives readers the chance to have their say on our stories, or any issues – either local or national – that they might feel passionate about.

Other impressive entries sent to us last year covered topics including a lack of facilities for local youngsters, benefit cuts, self-harm and the government’s attempts to make the summer holidays shorter.

The competition invites students to submit 200-word letters.

As well as individual entries, teachers found the competition a useful writing exercise to set in class or for homework.

The best entries will be published on a special letters page next month, and readers will be asked to vote for the overall prize winner, which will be announced before the summer holidays.

Judges will be looking for letters written from the heart, in the young person’s own style, which will grab the readers’ attention with a persuasive or perhaps even funny argument.

Entries should be emailed to by Wednesday, June 4.

Please put LETTERS COMPETITION in the subject box and ensure that the name and age of the entrant are included on the letter.

Call 01924 433013 for more information.