Stars Support Young Writer’s Competition for Kidney Research UK

Budding young authors are being offered the chance to become a published writer and have their story turned into a film.

Screen Your Story is an annual event supported by celebrity patrons including comedian Jack Whitehall, actor Patricia Hodge and children’s writer Michael Morpurgo.

Not only does the competition encourage young people to follow their dreams of becoming a published author, but organisers of the annual event also donate sponsorship funds to a good cause – and this year they are supporting Kidney Research UK.

One of the sponsors of the competition, comedian Alistair McGowan, who is also the host of the annual Gala said: “I’m so pleased that Screen Your Story has chosen to support Kidney Research this year.

“Kidney problems can affect young and old alike and can be hugely debilitating. So, anything that can help alleviate the pain of those suffering from kidney problems of any kind is most welcome.”

Jack Whitehall is encouraging young people to get involved with story-writing: “The Screen Your Story competition is a fantastic way to encourage young people to get writing by giving them a real chance to get published. The amazing collections of winning stories shows just how much fine, undiscovered writing talent is out there.”

Competition entrants are being asked to write about kindness this year. Either being kind, doing kind things, having kind thoughts, looking at what classes as kind and the effect of being kind.

Prizes include winners seeing their story published in a fully illustrated collection called ‘Stories From the Young’ with entries being judged by a panel of teachers, playwrights and authors.

The lucky winners will also have a chance to read their story at the Children’s Literature Festival in Barnes, and work with a professional director and crew who will turn the top five stories into films.

Age categories are split across six groups ranging from pre-school and reception children to secondary school pupils in Year 9 and over.

Entries must be submitted by 21 March 2021. To find out more about the competition and get involved, visit the Screen Your Story website for more details.