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Author Susan McNally joins judging line-up for The Broadwalk Centre's spooky stories competition
The Broadwalk Centre and The Times Series are delighted to announce that children’s author Susan McNally will be the star guest judge of their Spooky Stories Competition.
Open to children between eight and 11 years old, the competition invites youngsters to get creative and write a ‘spooky story’ for their chance to win a host of great prizes.
North London resident Susan, who is known for her incredible trilogy The Morrow Secrets, the first instalment of which came out in paperback earlier this month, will be judging the competition alongside The Broadwalk Centre manager Angela Brooks and Times Series editor Martin Buhagiar.
Susan was the obvious choice for the competition’s guest judge as her book The Morrow Secrets is a wonderful cauldron of fantasy, spooky houses and dark family secrets, tinged with the supernatural – the perfect read for children (and adults) over Halloween.
Angela Brooks, manager of The Broadwalk Centre, said: “We are delighted that Susan McNally has come on board to be guest judge for our Spooky Stories competition. Her style of writing is perfect for setting a spooky Halloween atmosphere and hopefully she will inspire the children that enter to let their imaginations run wild when they put pen to paper.”
Susan added: “I am really looking forward to reading all of the entries. My love of books and strange make-believe worlds began when I was a child as my parents were great storytellers, recounting ghost stories and fairy tales, so they ignited my lifelong love of the fantasy and mystery genres. I think competitions like this are really important for children, they have such imaginative minds and it is great that they are being given the opportunity to express this through creative writing.”
The closing date for the competition isn’t until Monday, October 21 so there is still plenty of time to get your children writing.
Anyone interested in entering should simply finish this story within 800 to 1,000 words: The cold night air surrounded Sam’s body, creeping silently through his clothes on to his skin as he walked along the deserted cobbles. Aware it was Halloween, Sam thought of his friends all out trick or treating as he stalked through the dimly lit street, alone. He watched his warm breath seep into the crisp night air, before it faded away to nothing. He listened to the squelch plop noise that his trainers made in the puddles of water trapped like prisoners between the uneven cobbles. Another noise sounded in the distance. Sam’s ears strained with concentration as he realised that the noise was getting closer and closer. Beads of sweat trickled like blood down Sam’s forehead and stung his wide open eyes. Holding his breath, he stopped in his tracks and slowly, carefully, turned his head...
What happens next to Sam is totally up to you. Please send all stories to The Broadwalk Centre’s Spooky Stories Competition, PMW Communications Ltd, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9HP.
All finalists will be invited down to The Broadwalk Centre on Thursday, October 31 for a special award ceremony where they will be able to meet Susan McNally and receive a signed copy of her book. The winner of the competition will receive a host of fabulous prizes from The Broadwalk Centre.
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