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Academy seeks talented writers

By John Lavery

A writing competition for adults has been launched by Stamford Welland Academy as part of their upcoming Festival of Thought.

The academy is inviting people aged 18 and over to enter the competition, which has as its theme "The Power of Thought".

All forms of writing are welcomed, whether it be a short story, poetry or other styles.

Sarah Oliver, senior leader at Stamford Welland Academy, said: "I am very excited to see the results of the writing competition.

"It is a great chance for the people of our community to demonstrate their skills, showcase their talent and engage with other keen writers.

"It is important to continue to nurture and develop our minds after school.

"I feel the writing competition and the Festival of Thought more widely is a great chance for people to do this and to bring the community together."

All entrants are invited to attend the academy's public event 'Publishing Secrets Workshop' which will be hosted by the judges of the competition, James Hazel and Linda Bennett.

James was previously a lawyer before releasing his debut novel, The Mayfly, in 2017, a successful book that has been sold in countries across the world.

Linda has worked in the book selling and publishing industries since 1978 and is highly experienced at supporting people with their writing.

The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to pitch to a publisher and second place will receive written feedback from James Hazel.

The runners up will be presented with signed books.

The maximum word limit is 1,000 words and entries must be submitted by Friday June 22.

The competition and workshop are part of Stamford Welland Academy's Festival of Thought.

It is the first festival of its kind at the school and focuses on five themes - Community, Critical Thinking, Culture, Creativity and Curiosity.

The event will include a host of competitions, workshops, activities and experiences, with the aim of helping students and the community alike to develop critical thought, independent curiosity and promote communities working together.

For more information visit www.stamfordwellandacademy.org

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