Literary powerhouse Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE has joined forces with The Sunday Times, TV presenter and journalist Claudia Winkleman, and publishers HarperCollins and to help discover the next generation of young female writers.
Barbara is asking girls to write a short, fictional story with a central theme of 'family'. She knows a thing or two about writing great stories. She had her first short story published when she was 10-years-old and, once she saw her name in print, she knew she wanted to be a writer. Since then, she's written 31 best-selling books which have been published in over 40 languages and in more than 90 countries and has sold over 90 million copies to date!
Give your imagination free rein: what makes a family - and what will make a great story? Don't forget this must be fiction.
Your fictional story could be inspired by your own family - including its past or your extended family - or be about a very different kind to yours. You might consider your friends your family. Families can be the source of great love, loyalty and support but also of secrets, rivalry and betrayal, as literature shows us again and again.
Barbara will be judging the competition along with a number of other top experts.
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