As part of their ongoing commitment to the local community, the Sovereign Shopping Centre in Boscombe is challenging all budding writers to follow in the footsteps of J K Rowling or Stephen King to write their very own spooky story this Halloween.
Open to children between 8 and 15 years old, the competition is inviting youngsters to get creative and write a ‘spooky story’ for their chance to win a host of great prizes as well as £100 for their school.
Centre Manager of the Sovereign Shopping Centre, Peter Ruscoe, commented:
“There are so many amazing books out there for children. This is a great competition to celebrate this, and for local kids to get involved in. It is so important to encourage our children to develop their writing skills, especially in the age of computers and spell checks. Having good writing skills can help youngsters in so many avenues. Children have such wonderful imaginations and with Halloween just around the corner we’re really looking forward to receiving some spine-tingling tales.”
Anyone interested in entering should simply finish this story within 500-1000 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 Sovereign Centre’s Spooky Stories Competition, c/o PMW Communications Ltd, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9HP by the closing date of Sunday 18th October.
All finalists will be invited down to the Sovereign Centre on Saturday 31st October for a special award ceremony. A panel of judges, including a special guest writer, will select a winner.