BUDDING bards are being invited to channel their inner Shakespeare in a short story competition.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Touchwood shopping centre is encouraging children under 13 across the borough to pick up a pen and get creative,
Whether its love story more heart-breaking than Romeo and Juliet, or a thriller that would give Macbeth the shivers, Touchwood wants to hear it.
Entries should be no longer than 500 words in length and be themed around ‘A Summer in Solihull’.
The competition, which will run until April 30, will be judged by the Mayor of Solihull, Coun Glenis Slater, local author and actor, Andrew Cullum, as well as representatives from Touchwood.
The winning entry will receive a £250 Touchwood gift card, and two runners up will each get a £50 Touchwood gift card.
Lucy Burnett, marketing manager at Touchwood, said: “As we are just down the road from Shakespeare’s birth place, we thought it fitting to get involved in the Shakespeare celebrations ourselves, and what better way than seeking the hidden talent we have on our very own doorstep.”
To enter the competition, budding writers can download an entry form from the Touchwood website and then email their stories to GuestServices@touchwoodsolihull.co.uk, or, pick up an entry form from the information desk in centre and return it by the closing date of midnight on April 30.
All entrants must have permission from a parent or guardian before entering, and must be available to attend a photo-shoot at Touchwood Shopping Centre along with a parent or guardian on Wednesday, May 11 between 4pm and 5pm, should their entry be successful.
For further information, visit www.touchwoodsolihull.co.uk, telephone 0121 709 6900, log onto www.facebook.co.uk/touchwoodsolihull or follow @TouchwoodTweets on Twitter.