Competition to find young journalists

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Budding journalists are being invited to enter a writing competition for this year’s Ryedale Book Festival.

Festival organisers have teamed up with the Malton and Pickering Mercury to launch the Young Journalist contest which is aimed at primary and secondary school children.

Entrants are being asked to write a short newspaper article inspired on the Festival’s theme of “courage” – a topic chosen to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

Sarah Tyson, an organiser with Ryedale Book Festival, said: “Courage, as we all know, can come in any shape or form and the article can report from any period in history. You could write an article about an athlete who has inspired you with their efforts on the track, or describe a family member or friend who has shown courage whilst battling through a difficult time in their lives. Perhaps you even have a relative who gave his or her life for their country during World War I and you could describe his or her story.”

The competition will have two age groups – one for youngsters aged seven to 11 and another for students aged 12 and older.

Articles in the younger section should be no more than 200 words and up to 250 words for older writers.

A judging panel will draw up a shortlist of finalists who will then be invited to a ceremony in St Michael’s Church, Malton, at this year’s Ryedale Book Festival on Sunday October 12.

The winning articles will also be published in the Malton and Pickering Mercury.

Entries should be submitted to or Young Journalist Competition, Malton and Pickering Mercury, Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Scarborough YO11 3YS no later than September 19.

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