UPDATE: Voting is now closed, and the top 14 stories have been chosen. The podcast will launch on June 18, and you can listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. And we’ll be using this show to help raise money for the wonderful work of GEANCO. Join us in supporting their COVID-19 prevention efforts in Nigeria.
If you’ve always fancied yourself a frustrated Enid Blyton, a J.K. Rowling just waiting to happen, or a C.S. Lewis in the wings, then there has never been a better time to put your fiction-writing skills to the test.
Use this lockdown time to put creative thought to keyboard, and enter the inaugural Yahoo short story writing contest.
Launching on April 1st and closing on April 14th, the competition will accept 1,500-word stories (no more, no less) that are suitable for children aged 7 and up.
The best 14 story ideas, as voted for by the public, will be recorded as radio plays (with help from a few famous friends) and released as a free podcast series, STOR14S, on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Just think: you’ll have used your lockdown time creatively and productively. What’s more, when the podcast airs, you can say you helped entertain the children during isolation. Now that’s what we call Stay-Home Heroism.
Remember: you have until April 14 to submit your entry here. You can submit it as a Word document (that’s a .doc file), a Text file (that’s .txt file), or a Google document (just go File/Download/Rich Text for a .rtf file).
If you get really stuck, you can drop us a line on email@example.com, but we may be slow to respond.
Go on: turn off the telly and get writing.