A competition to identify new writing talent in the UK is being sponsored by Blue Max Banner.
The first Mane Chance writing competition will invite entrants across four age categories: 10 years and under, 11-14 years, 15-18 years and 18+.
In support of the competition, Blue Max Banner has pledged to provide the school so of the three school-aged winners with £500 worth of Blue Max Banner sportswear, as well as £500 cash in prize money.
Participants in each category will be required to write a poem or short story about animals in no more than 1,500 words.
The entries will then be judged by a panel chaired by renowned author, poet, playwright and British Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo OBE and will also include actress, Jenny Seagrove.
Ms Seagrove is the founder of Mane Chance, a Surrey-based sanctuary whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate old, abused and abandoned horses and ponies. The sanctuary also welcomes visits from schools, disabled groups and children with special needs.
The writing competition is an initiative Ms Seagrove has devised to help raise funds for the upkeep of the horses and ongoing work at the sanctuary through competition entry fees.
The winners will have their compositions read by Michael Morpurgo at a prize-giving event later in the year and will be published in a local Surrey magazine.
Mary Fawcus, business development director at Blue Max Banner said: “As the leading independent supplier of schoolwear, schools are a key element of our business and an initiative such as this aligns perfectly with our brands. Of course, Blue Max Banner’s heritage in horses has also been instrumental in spurring our participation in the initiative.”
Deadline for entries into the competition is Friday, July 10.
For more information visit www.manechancesanctuary.org/writing