A picture of the needles, on the Isle of Wight.

The Short Story Writing Competition is back in its third year!

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘The Magic of Christmas’ so get your Christmas thinking caps on and come up with an original story and title and be in with a chance of having it recorded by one of four celebrities.

Lets meet the celebrities:

Edana Minghella

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Born into the most wonderful Anglo-Italian family where music, food and wine — and ice-cream! – were the basic stuff of life, Edana has been singing forever. In the last five years she has established herself as a successful jazz performer, regularly playing to full houses in England and Italy. Festival performances include the Isle of Wight Jazz Festival and Jazz on the Meadow, in support of Courtney Pine.

Melvyn Hayes

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Melvyn is an English actor who played the role of Gunner Beaumont in the 1970s BBC sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. He has also worked as a voice actor in children’s cartoons such as SuperTed and The Dreamstone and was a regular on the children’s television show of the 70s, The Double Deckers. Melvyn also starred in the classic film with Cliff Richard, Summer Holiday.

Kate Weston

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Kate was asked to join the team at GMTV presenting the Saturday morning children’s show ‘Rise & Shine’. This led to work for Sky Sports, Channel 5, ITV, Wedding TV and eventually Wave 105, where she has spent many happy years laughing her way through the Teatime and Big Drive Home shows, before moving to Rick Jackson in the Morning in January 2017.

Jo Brand

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Jo is an English comedian, writer and actress. Starting her entertainment career with a move from psychiatric nursing to the alternative comedy stand-up scene and early performances on Saturday Live, she went on to appear on The Brain Drain, Channel 4’s Jo Brand Through the Cakehole, Getting On and various television appearances including as a regular guest on QI, Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie to You?. She is currently the presenter of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice. In 2003, Jo was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning and having your story read by one of our celebrities then you can download the Entry Form here.

As well as having the chance of your story read and recorded by a celebrity, there’s the opportunity to have it published in the County Press, be interviewed on Vectis Radio and have a podcast of your interview, together with other great prizes including days out at Island attractions, cash prizes, a tablet and vouchers to name but a few!

This year the Award Ceremony will be at the Riverside Centre, Newport on Monday 17th December 2018 at 7pm. Further information on the guests at this year’s ceremony will be revealed nearer the time.

We do hope you will enter our competition; have some fun, be creative and help raise money for Sight for Wight; a local charity established in 1895 helping people with a visual impairment on the Isle of Wight.

A leaflet of the short story writing competition 2018.