Last call for budding young writers!

The Council's Museum of Childhood has teamed up with Sainsbury’s for a short story writing competition for children aged up to 16.

The competition, which follows the Sainsbury’s Christmas advertising campaign featuring one of the nation’s best loved children’s book characters, Judith Kerr’s Mog, is helping to raise funds for Save the Children to improve child literacy across the UK.  

Curators at the museum felt the advert tied in perfectly with its current exhibition, ’26 Children’s Winters’. The exhibition captures the memories of childhood winters including the excitement of opening advent calendars and Christmas presents. 

Entrants need to write their story in no more than 500 words and they can be handed in to any one of the Sainsbury’s supermarkets or convenience stores in Edinburgh up until 18 December.

The entries will be judged by a representative from The Museum of Childhood and a Sainsbury’s colleague. Winners will be announced on 21 December. 

The competition has been split into three age groups: 6 and under, 6 to 12 years, and 12 to 16 years.

A winner and a runner up from each category will be chosen to have their story displayed in the Museum of Childhood until 6 January 2016. The winners and runners up will also be invited to see their story displayed and receive a prize.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture Convener, said: “The Museum of Childhood is a nostalgic treasure trove of toys and games and this Christmas, professional writers have written short stories to accompany some of our most festive artefacts. The winner of this creative writing competition with Sainsbury’s will see their short story proudly displayed in the Museum next to our traditional Angel tree topper, wooden sledge, retro spinning tops and advent calendars.”

Michael Bryant, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Kinross, added: “It’s great to know our Christmas advert featuring Mog inspired the Museum of Childhood. I’m really looking forward to getting involved and reading all of the entries. We’d love to see entries from children all over Edinburgh.”

Find out more about the 26 Children’s Winters exhibition(external link)

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