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Sarum Academy's 'Big Write'

by Michael Ford last modified 29 Aug, 2014 02:50 PM

Sarum Academy has launched “The Big Write”, its annual writing competition open to all pupils and staff.

Sarum Academy's 'Big Write'

A still from 'The Big Write 2014' YouTube clip

Entrants have been challenged to submit a piece of creative writing, journalistic article or science essay themed, “There’s no place like…”, a topic chosen to celebrate the Academy’s new building.

Pupils will be competing for a range of prizes, including Kindle Fires, a trip to London to inspire their writing and a tour and writing experience at the Salisbury Journal. Winning pupils can also look forward to their writing being published on Pie Magazine’s website.

“The Big Write” is part of Sarum Academy’s ongoing drive to raise the profile of writing and improve pupils’ literacy, so vital as they progress through the Academy and into the world of work.

Partners for this year’s competition include Cube Design, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Salisbury Journal, Bath Spa University, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Cathedral and The Bridge. These high profile organisations have donated prizes and time to judge the competition, lending it both the support and credibility so vital to encouraging pupils to write.

Entries to “The Big Write” will be welcomed from two age groups (Years 7-9; Year 10-sixth form) and staff.

A day of judging will follow the shortlisting process: six first-prize pupil winners and three grand winners will be chosen. The judging panel will include some of the Academy’s Sixth Form pupils as well as representatives from supporting organisations.

Pupils are already looking forward to submitting their entries. Holly Wort, a year 9 pupil said, “Last year’s 'The Big Write' was great and I think this year’s will be even better. I am just trying to decide which category I am going to enter!”

Meanwhile, Tristan Long, a Year 7 pupil, said “I have never entered a writing competition before, but I want to be an author and entering 'The Big Write” will boost my confidence and give me inspiration. The prizes are generous too!'

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