Short Story Competition

Following last year’s successful ‘Year of the Sea’, the Welsh Government has chosen 2019 to be the ‘Year of Discovery’, with the aim of challenging old perceptions of Wales by promoting our world class products, events and experiences, our people, places, our language and practices; everything that makes Wales a distinctive place to visit.

This year, the Welsh Government is asking people to discover something new and special about Wales. Whether it be through adventure, culture or the landscape, our mountains and forests are a natural playground for cycling and walking. Wales is home to 641 castles and 7 museums, all of which are ripe for exploration. The breath taking scenery of our valleys, coastline and farming heartlands combine to create Wales’ unique message to the world.

To coincide with the campaign, I am inviting Year 6 pupils at both English and Welsh medium primary schools across the Neath constituency to enter a special short story competition, inspired by discovery and adventure in the Neath area.

I am delighted to have the support of well known local retailer Zoar’s Ark, award winning Cwm Farm Charcuterie and the inspirational team at Magnolia Health and Well-being Centre in Neath, each of whom are sponsoring the following prizes:

• 1st PRIZE: Kindle Fire e-reader

• 2nd PRIZE: Zoar’s Ark Experience, with tickets for Santa’s Grotto

• 3rd PRIZE: Book tokens

Each prize category will have both and English and Welsh winner.

There will also be a special price for the overall winner of a Harry Potter Studio Tour, sponsored by Magnolia Health and Well-being Centre. The ticket will cover 2 adults and 2 children entry for the Warner Brothers Studio Tour of the making of Harry Potter. Transport and accommodation is not provided.

Year 6 pupils are invited to submit a short story of no more than 500 words to or via post to 7 High Street, Pontardawe, SA8 4HU, with the enclosed application form, before Midnight on the 19th of November 2019.

Winning entries will be announced on the 2nd of December and will be published on my website

Successful candidates will be contacted via your school to arrange prize handovers.

Pupils will need to complete an application form available with the flyer, and submit with their short story.

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