Wednesday 10 April 2013

Under 10's writing competition - with Buy-a-Gift!

Well I never thought I'd see the day! I've been asked to be a judge in a real life writing competition for tiddly peeps! 
SUCH FUN. (I think I'm more Louis Walsh than Simon Cowell .. but we shall see.)
How can I possibly pick a winner??!!

I am immensely pleased to be involved with this project because I too as a small pup loved to write and illustrate tiny books of my own. 
Any project which promotes imagination, creativity and word smithery gets my paw print of approval! TOOT TOOT  
Here is a bit more about this thrilling pen-n-inky competition. 

This is me writing my own story...blah blah blah 


Specialist gifting website has launched a new competition to find the next J.K Rowling… under the age of 10! 
 Budding authors are invited to submit their stories on a set theme, with the chance to have their work judged by award-winning writer Giles Paley-Phillips and leading picture book blogger Emma O’Donovan (that's me..)
The winning author will see their work made into a professionally published book and sold on the Buyagift website with all profits going to children’s wish granting charity Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK.

This is dishy Giles..
"With the Easter holidays now upon us, the experience day specialists wanted to encourage young people to stay active. “We’re all about  getting people out and about on experiences, so we wanted to give young creative minds an alternative to marathon TV sessions over the Easter holidays,” said Buyagift CEO Dan Mountain.

Children up to the age of 10 will be able to submit their short stories to be judged by an expert panel that includes famed children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips – the creator of popular stories like The Fearsome Beastie. (read Gile's blog here)

“I am hugely honoured to be judging this extremely exciting writing competition, which is set to inspire some budding new writers” said author Giles Paley-Phillips.

All entrants will be writing to a set title of The Unexpected Gift, with Buyagift paying all costs for the winning story to be illustrated and published.  The book will then be made available on the Buyagift website, with all profits going to Make-A-Wish.

The competition will run from April 3rd – June 2nd and the winner will be announced by the end of June. Entries should be emailed to

VISIT the website .. AND ENTER HERE

They also sell personalised books so you too can be in a real life book ... wouldn't that be dreamy! 

Proceeds of the sale of the winning book go to The Make a Wish Foundation,
 Make-A-Wish Foundation ® UK has been granting magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions since 1986. Our wishes are truly magical and can bring so much to a child´s life, providing memories that last a lifetime for both the child and their family. - See more at:

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