Students encouraged to share yarns to earn scholarship

ARE YOU a budding story teller?

Students in Years 5 or 6 have an opportunity to win a share of up to $11,750 in the national Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship.

The scholarship opens on June 3.

All entrants need to do is put pen to paper and handwrite a story of 250-350 words that begins with the sentence: "The last thing I expected to see was..."

Launched in support of the National Literacy and Numeracy Week, the Pilot Pen Creative Writing Scholarship aims to encourage the use of imagination and to foster a love of handwriting in children.

Pilot Pen Australia spokesman Helena Lasan said it was a great opportunity to encourage children to get away from the laptop or computer, pick up a pen, use their imagination and get writing.

One of the judges this year is celebrity author Andy Griffiths. Entries open on June 3 and close on July 31.

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