Preston youngster needs votes to win writing competition

Michael Rosen has launched the Wacky Wordsmiths campaign with Wacky Warehouse
Michael Rosen has launched the Wacky Wordsmiths campaign with Wacky Warehouse
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A young girl from Preston is in with a chance of winning a national children’s writing competition after her story was chosen by a renowned children’s author.

Former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen teamed up with the Phantom Winger on Garstang Road to find aspiring authors aged four to ten.

There are three age categories in total and he picked Shannon Roberts as one of his finalists in the 8+ category.

Shannon’s story is about a haunted house and the battle between a big hearted girl named Wendy and a vicious vampire named Wesley.

It was chosen by Michael for its originality and creativity, and is now going up against two other short stories in head-to-head vote.

The winner of the vote will see their story published in the official Wacky Warehouse story book, which will be available in all 81 play centres.

Lisa Stambridge general manager of the Phantom Winger, said: “Sharon’s story is brilliant and testament to her fantastic writing skills and imagination.

“It’s great that she has made it this far in the competition, but now we’re calling on Preston residents to get behind Sharon so that she can win the competition and be crowned the best young author in the UK.”

People can vote for Sharon by visiting the Wacky Warehouse website – www.wackywarehouse.co.uk.

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday April 19.