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NLT launches national storywriting competition

4th March 2011

A nationwide storywriting competition has been launched by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) in partnership with children's writer Katharine Holabird.

The Angelina Ballerina author has written the beginning of a story aimed at five to 11-year-olds and is encouraging schoolchildren from this age category to finish the story.

According to the NLT, the aim of the initiative is to encourage children to 'have fun with their writing', while also developing the literacy skills needed to achieve in the classroom.

Judith Parke, head of development at the NLT, pointed out that 29 per cent of five to 11-year-olds are not reaching the writing standards appropriate for their age and said the competition will help to simulate interest in literature.

Holabird, whose titles include Angelina's Halloween and Angelina's Birthday, added: 'I'm delighted to support such a worthwhile cause and I hope thousands of children will help me to finish my adventure tale.'

Last month, the NLT published research showing that children who use their local library are twice as likely to have an above-average reading age.

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