Wondercrump writers wanted

WhizzFizzFest 2018

WhizzFizzFest isn’t just about reading stories – it’s about writing them, too.

To coincide with this year’s WhizzFizzFest, Queens Park Arts Centre in Aylesbury will be running its first ‘Queens Park 500 Words Challenge’. Aspiring authors aged five-13 are invited to take part and submit their own original 500-word fiction story. These can be written in any genre or style.

Stories should be a maximum of 500 words and must be fictional and original. Each writer will need an adult to submit their entry for them via email by 7pm on March 31, 2019. Prizes will be awarded to the three finalists in each category: five to nine years old and 10-13.

WhizzFizzFest judges will pick the top stories to be read out live on the day of the festival (June 22, 2019), with the winners being announced in the grand marquee.

The two gold winners will then have their stories transformed into videos featuring professional actors and bespoke illustrations created by the arts centre’s talented artists. The videos will be posted online by the arts centre and Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The two silver winners will each receive a family ticket to the arts centre’s 2019 pantomime, and the two bronze winners will be given a free place on Queens Park’s school holiday arts and craft workshop.

Sarah Lewis, the centre’s Artistic Director, said: ‘We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with WhizzFizzFest on this exciting new competition – and we can’t wait to read some brilliant new stories from the next generation of writers and help transform them into amazing online videos.’

Councillor Paul Irwin, AVDC Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said: ‘WhizzFizzFest is already Aylesbury’s most popular festival, and I’m thrilled to see it go from strength to strength with the addition of Queen Park Arts Centre’s fabulous writing competition. I urge budding authors to submit their applications before the March deadline, and I wish all the entrants the very best of luck.’

WhizzFizzFest 2018.

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WhizzFizzFest was inspired by the late author Roald Dahl, who lived and worked in Princes Risborough. Dah’s original invented phrase ‘phizz-whizzing’ means if you like someone or someone.

December 16, 2018