Exmouth youngsters being urged to ‘Express’ themselves

PUBLISHED: 15:01 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:01 24 November 2016

Children are being encouraged to enter National Express short story contest

Children are being encouraged to enter National Express short story contest

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A children’s author is calling on budding young authors in Exmouth to get their literary careers in top gear and ‘Express’ themselves in an all-new national writing competition.

Writer Huw Powell has been chosen by National Express to launch its ‘Express Yourself’ short story competition, launched in celebration of the coach company’s new onboard entertainment system VUER (View, Unwind, Enjoy, Relax) which launches next week (November 28).

Huw calling for children aged seven to 16 to get creative and submit short stories inspired by the theme of ‘happy travelling’.

Huw said: “This competition is all about journeys and travelling as the people reading it are going to be coach passengers, but the journey you write about can be fictional or real.”

“I’d love every child in Exmouth to have a go, it doesn’t matter if you think you’re not a writer, everyone has a story.

“Writing is one of the best ways of expressing your ideas, unlocking your creative side, and this is a great opportunity to share it. Good luck.”

Huw, who is well known for his ‘Spacejackers’ book series, will be judging entries from the South West.

Youngsters are invited to submit original travel tales. Inspiration can come from anywhere – be it their own real-life experiences or something from the depths of their imaginations.

Winning stories will then be published in an online storybook in ‘VUER’, for passengers to enjoy as they travel - they will have a chance to be read by the millions of people who travel with National Express every year.

Each winner will also get a £50 cheque as prize money.

Launching on services in the South West, VUER is the UK’s first coach ‘infotainment’ - news and entertainment system – a complimentary service offering films, TV and magazines entirely free of charge.

To take advantage of VUER customers simply need to download the app from the Apple or Android app store on their phone or tablet before they get on-board to access the content, which is then streamed over Wi-Fi during the journey.

Entrants should write a story of up to but no more than 1000 words, and they have until the December 31 to submit it to david.wrottesley@nationalexpress.com .

Alternatively, children can post stories to The Story Team, National Express House, Mill Lane Birmingham B5 6DD

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