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Wokingham Borough Libraries’ Igniting Writing teen creative club, is calling on all young writers in the borough to take part in an ‘Illustration Inspiration’ competition.

The contest is aimed at 5 to 18-year-olds, and is structured on a Flickr gallery, where more than 400 talented and professionally-published illustrators have shared a piece of their artwork. Entrants are asked to pick out their favourite three and write a story that links them together. From thought-provoking plots to intriguing tales, participants are encouraged to let their imagination run free, with prizes on offer for best entry.

The gallery and full rules are available online: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ignitingwriting, submissions will be accepted up until 11 December 2020.

“I’d like to warmly invite all our young writing enthusiasts and poets to this initiative,” said Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure. “Whether you’re an experienced writer or just starting out, we’d love to hear your innovative interpretations. As the Coronavirus outbreak placed limitations and restrictions on the way we live, this is a perfect opportunity for you to let your imagination get away. Get creative, get typing and most importantly have fun.”

 Volunteer judge and leader of Igniting Writing, Alex Baker, added: “Igniting Writing has been running since 2014 and in that time the group has continued to grow and explore new ideas to give creative young storytellers the spark to write their own stories. The Illustration Inspiration contest is our biggest ever project and it’s a great way for aspiring writers out there to experience first-hand how amazing illustrations can take a story to new heights and unlock the imagination. Massive thanks to all the hundreds of talented illustrators that contributed a piece of art to the gallery – without their support and enthusiasm the contest would not have been possible to set up.”

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