BIC partners with Ministry of Stories to support young writers

27 May 2016

Ministry of Stories announces a new charity partnership with the power pen brand BIC, who will support its work with young writers in London.

BIC is giving schools the chance to win a creative writing workshop for their class at the Ministry of Stories, as part of its 2016 #JustWrite campaign. The winning entry, and two runners up, will be awarded with the accolade of becoming an ‘Assistant Features Editor’ and ‘Junior Assistant Features Editors’ respectively, and their entries will be published in the B.I.C., a unique, free title for teenagers published later this year.

The competition is open to students in years eight, nine and ten and all they need to do is conjure up some creative spirit to handwrite an answer to the question: ‘What would waking up in a world without words be like?’ in no more than 500 words.

Jonathan Skyrme, General Manager at BIC UK, said: “We can’t even begin to imagine how uninspiring a world without the written word would be, would life as we know it come to a grinding halt? We want teenagers to celebrate how beautiful the handwritten word is by putting pen to paper and creatively showcasing what might happen if all words disappeared. How would you create that personal touch? How would artists sign their work? The more creative people get – the better!”

Lucy Macnab, Co-Founder, Ministry of Stories, said: “We’re delighted to be BIC’s charity partner for this campaign. At the Ministry of Stories we champion the writer in every child, and #JustWrite day is a great opportunity to get young people writing creatively. BIC’s support will help us provide the one to one support that makes a huge difference in increasing children’s confidence, creativity and ability in writing.”

The creative writing competition closes on Monday 06 June. Ten other shortlisted finalists will also be selected to win an individual gift pack, courtesy of BIC and Ministry of Stories and winners are due to be announced on 14 July 2016.

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