Children aged five to 15 are being invited to enter the Dragonfly Tea and Henley Literary Festival Short Story Competition.
2018 marks the fourth consecutive year the Berkshire-based tea company has teamed up with the Henley Literary Festival for a short story competition. New this year is a focus on children and an exciting new partnership with literacy charity Beanstalk. Beanstalk recruit, train and support volunteers across England to work in schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. Last year, nearly 200,000 children left primary school unable to read to the expected level, which is why Dragonfly Tea have pledged to match donations to the charity via the competition entry page.
Inspired by the great tea gardens of the world, this year’s theme is The Wild Garden. The three competition age groups are 5-7, 8-11 and 12-15, and the winner in each category will receive £50 in book vouchers for themselves and £100 of book vouchers for their school. The winners will be picked by the competition judges, the broadcaster Baroness Floella Benjamin and David Melling, author and illustrator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas series of books. All shortlisted children will be invited to a special prize-giving ceremony on the final day of this year’s Henley Literary Festival, Sunday 7 October.
The deadline to enter is 31st July 2018 and entries can be submitted via dragonflytea.com – where full rules, terms and conditions are also available.
Dragonfly Tea’s Georgia Ginsberg said: “For thousands of years, tea drinking has gone hand-in-hand with storytelling and creative expression. As a family company and with the new focus on the children’s competition, we have partnered with Beanstalk, an organisation dedicated to helping children read well and express themselves with confidence. We are delighted to be working with them and Henley Literary Festival for what we hope will be our biggest competition yet.”
Ginny Lunn, CEO of Beanstalk said: “In association with Henley Literary Festival, we are proud to partner with Dragonfly Tea on their 2018 Short Story Competition, inviting children to put their pen to paper and let their imagination take flight, as we continue on our journey looking to inspire all children in the worlds of books and storytelling.”
The 2018 Henley Literary Festival takes place from September 29 to October 7 at venues across Henley-on-Thames. Tickets go on sale in July and speakers already confirmed include Michael Morpurgo, Kate Mosse, Moeen Ali, Francesca Simon and Anthony Horowitz.