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"Rescue Me" Short Story and Poem Competition

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Date: 
15th April, 2020 to 15th May, 2020
Organised by: 
Essex - Clacton Centre
About the event: 

While we all have a little extra time on our hands, we thought it would be a great opportunity to get our young supporters imaginations working.  We recently gave you a glimpse into life at our cat and dog rescue and rehoming centre here in Little Clacton.  We introduced you to some of our residents who are waiting for their forever families and we told you a little bit about their lives so far and what it’s like to look after animals that have been abandoned or given up and are in need of love, care and a new home.

With this in mind, and thanks to inspiration from Radio 2’s 500 words competition, we thought we’d launch our own story competition for our young supporters.  It’s open to children aged from 5 years and up to 13 years old. 

We’d like you to get your imaginations working to write us either a short story of no more than 500 words or if you prefer a poem.  The theme of the competition is ‘Rescue me’ and your story or poem should be about a rescue animal.  You can write it as if you were the animal, talking from their experience or you can write it from a human’s experience, for example from the point of view of the person giving up the animal or the person rescuing the animal, or even as an animal carer at a rescue centre.  These are just a few ideas, but we want you to use your imagination and tell us a story or write us a poem that will really get people thinking about the lives of rescue animals and capture their hearts and minds.

The story or poem must be original, which means it must be all your own work and not copied.  It can be totally made up (fictional) or if you have had experience of a rescue animal, maybe your own pet is a rescue then it can be based on events true to you.

There are three categories:

  • Category A:  5 – 7 years
  • Category B: 8 – 10 years
  • Category C: 11 – 13 years

You must have permission from your trusted adult (parent or guardian) to enter the competition.  It is just £3 to enter a story or poem and your entry fee will go towards paying for essential veterinary care, food, toys and treats for the cats and dogs at our rescue centre.  This means you will be helping us to help care for the animals who don’t yet have a home.

Stories will be judged anonymously, and we are not worried about grammar, punctuation or spelling. 

Entries must be in by 1pm on the 15th May 2020, any received after this date will not be entered into the competition.

All entries must be submitted in English by email to clacton@nawt.org.uk . You can either type up your story or poem on a computer or write your story or poem (it must be legible) and scan or photograph it and then email it to us.  Please include at the top of the page your name and age as well as your parent or guardians name and their email address and contact telephone number.  Please make sure you do not go over the 500-word limit (not including the title of the story/poem).  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that the word limit is adhered to.

Only one entry per person is permitted.

Once you have submitted your entry, we will confirm receipt of your story or poem, and it will then go onto be judged.

1 x winner and 1 x runner-up for each category will be chosen and contacted by the end of May 2020 and shortly afterwards announced on NAWT Clacton’s Facebook page and website.  The winners and runner’s up of each category will have their stories read out by a member of the NAWT Clacton team, which will then be shared on NAWT Clacton’s Facebook page for supporters to enjoy.

Each of the chosen winners will receive a £15 on-line voucher and a family trip on board Wildlife Boat Trips, exploring the wildlife around the Walton-on-Naze back-waters.  Each of the chosen runners-up will receive a £10 on-line voucher. 

Our ‘Rescue me’ competition has been made possible thanks to Tony Haggis of Wildlife Boat Trips who has donated all the prizes. 

Please read the full terms and conditions attached before entering the competition.  T&Cs also include details on how to pay for your entry.

Further information: 
For further information or guidance please contact NAWT Clacton on 01255 860062 and leave a message with your name, contact number and reference 'Rescue me competition'