(Not that you needed an excuse!)

Quick update to let you know that the BBC Two Minute Tales Competition has extended their deadline so there’s still a few days to get your entries in!

The competition is for writers aged 5 to 16 for a 300 word story on the theme of ‘A Winter Adventure’ and entries close at 8pm on Wednesday 16th November 2022. Check it out here. There’s also a helfpul Creative Writing Kit on the website!

Winners and shortlisters will be read by an actor on Radio Ulster the day before Christmas Eve! And winners will have their story professionally animated on the website!

And for the older writers…

Children’s publishing programme, Pathways Northern Ireland is looking for aspiring LGBTQI+ creatives aged 16-26 and living in NI who are interested in the business of children’s publishing. 

“More queer-inclusive children’s books would support young people as they explore and discover who they are, and would help build empathy and understanding in families, schools and communities. Through this programme, you will learn all about the business of children’s publishing directly from experts and professionals working in publishing today.

The programme will cover how to commission new writing and illustration, how to edit, design and print books, and how to promote and sell them through bookshops, online and to schools and libraries. By the end of the programme you will set up and launch your very own LGBTQI+ community publishing enterprise!”


Good luck and happy writing!