Sandiway author comes second in the hunt for Britain's next budding children's writer (From Northwich Guardian)
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Sandiway author comes second in the hunt for Britain's next budding children's writer
A SANDIWAY author has beaten hundreds of entries to come second in a children’s story writing competition.
Cleo Chalk was one of just 10 regional finalists to be shortlisted in this year’s Munch Time competition – supported by the National Literacy Association.
The 20-year-old creative writing and English student, who studies at Liverpool John Moores University, entered the competition after finding it online and is delighted to have been named runner up.
“It feels absolutely wonderful,” said Chloe, who takes inspiration from Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket.
“I’m so pleased to have had the chance to share my work with a lot of people.
“This is the perfect start to the career of my dreams.”
The former Sir Jon Deane’s College student, who has been writing since she was in primary school, drew inspiration for her ‘Munch and the Man on the Moon’ story from her own childhood fantasies.
“I’ve known for a long time that it’s something I wanted to continue with,” explained the Weaverham Road resident.
“My story was inspired by the dreams that are common to many children, of exploring new worlds.”
Despite not winning the top prize of £1,000 in the annual search for a budding children’s author, coming second means Cleo scoops £500 and will have her story published online on the Munch Time website.
Cleo added: “It can now be downloaded by anybody who wishes to read it.
“This has given me a great confidence boost as a writer and encouraged me to keep trying to share my work with as many people as possible.
“The positive feedback I have had for this story has really inspired me going forwards into writing more stories, for children and adults.”
Cleo hopes to make a career in writing and plans to focus more on writing for children in the final year of her creative writing degree.
She added; “I’ll be looking to keep getting my work read by a wider audience and enter similar competitions with a focus on writing for both adults as well as children.”
Munch Time judge and chair of the National Literacy Association, Ray Barker, said: “We congratulate Cleo on her wonderful story which is sure to entertain little ones with their active imaginations.
“Stories are powerful resources that should be celebrated and enjoyed from an early age and the Munch Time story writing competition is a great initiative that encourages this.”
Cleo’s story ‘Munch and the Man on the Moon’ can be read at munchtime.co.uk.
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