Writing competition for ages 4-19

9th September 2022

Enter this writing competition for 4- to 19-year-olds and help to get better representation for stammering in books.

This year we are supporting Pearson's 'My Twist on a Tale: Represent!' writing competition. This is a free, national competition which encourages 4 to 19-year-olds to shine a light on representing what, and who, they feel are being left out in literature today, and putting the underrepresented centre-page.

Organisers say, "As the journey towards true inclusion continues in classrooms and communities, Pearson will empower pupils to depict the people, issues and aspects of life that they believe need greater recognition. As they write and reshape their own diverse stories, this year's young authors-to-be are welcome to delve in to topics that feel close to their heart, whether that be ethnicity, relationships, gender, ability, poverty, technology, or something else entirely!" (ie stammering!)

The winners will see their works published as an illustrated collection for all to read, as well as in a selection of audio stories. Additional selected prizes will also be available, including the chance for one highly commended school in the primary category to collaborate with an author, and produce a bespoke book on their chosen theme. This tale will be published in 2023, when it will form part of the Pearson Bug Club range.

Here at STAMMA, we think it would be a great to have a story about someone who stammers published as part of Pearson's contest. The more stories there are with characters who stammer, the more society will accept stammering. So, if you're a parent, carer or teacher, please encourage your children/class to take part. Over to you!

To find out more and register, visit the Pearson website.

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