Usborne launches Young Writer competition 2010 - so get writing children

Children's publisher Usborne is repeating its Young Writers’ Award, which was created last year to celebrate its fifth anniversary of publishing fiction.

The Young Writers Award 2010 once again aims to give children the opportunity to write a story with a real author. This year the five winning children will see their stories published as an e-book app, which will be available to download from the Apple iTunes App Store, in partnership with media company Sleepydog.

Usborne authors Sophie McKenzie, Steve Skidmore & Steve Barlow, Diana Kimpton, Keith Brumpton and Anne‐Marie Conway have each written a "story starter", ranging from murder mystery to fairytale adventure. Children must complete the story, with the finished work being 1,000 words or fewer.

As well as being published in e-book form, winners will also get the opportunity to travel to the Usborne House to meet the authors, an author visit to their school, £100-worth of Usborne books, and a year's free subscription to and Young Writer Magazine.

Megan Larkin, Usborne fiction director, said: "One thing that connects all the authors on the Usborne Fiction list is their brilliant storytelling ability, and this award is a great way to celebrate this fact but also to encourage the practice of such an important skill."