RSPCA launches children’s short story competition to celebrate Britain’s wildlife

I think the RSPCA is fantastic and I wanted to make my readers aware of this short story competition.

Press release:

This autumn, families are being encouraged to go wildlife spotting to get inspiration for a new children’s short story competition – Wild About Britain – run by the RSPCA.

The wildlife-themed contest is inspired by classic bedtime tales such as Wind in the Willows, Peter Rabbit and Fantastic Mr Fox – which a recent survey showed still topped the list as the nation’s favourite wildlife stories and characters.

The survey* commissioned by the RSPCA to mark the launch of Wild About Britain – a brand new short story competition for children – found that Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox was the nation’s favourite wildlife book, followed by the Beatrix Potter series and then Kenneth Graeme’s Wind in the Willows. Peter Rabbit was named the favourite wildlife character, followed by Fantastic Mr Fox and Badger from Wind in the Willows.

Ophelia Dahl, Roald Dahl’s daughter and chair of Roald Dahl’s literary estate, said: “I am thrilled that Fantastic Mr Fox has been voted the nation’s favourite wildlife story. I recall my dad trying out the tale on my sister Lucy and I, as a bedtime story. We’re delighted that clever Mr Fox is still a favourite across the country. I hope that such classic tales and memorable characters will inspire a generation of budding writers to get involved in Wild About Britain which I am delighted to be supporting. This is a brand new and hugely exciting competition for children where they can explore Britain’s great outdoors for inspiration and create their very own adventure.”

Chris Packham, RSPCA Vice President and ambassador for the competition, also commented: “What could be a more perfect way to get inspiration for your story than go out into our autumnal woods and search out signs of animals like hedgehogs, foxes and badgers. With the Olympics, Paralympics and Jubilee it has been an incredible year for Great Britain – now it is time to remember that our wildlife is great too.”

There are two age categories in the Wild About Britain competition – 11 years and under and 12 to 16 year-olds. The closing date for the competition is midnight on Monday 10 December 2012 and the winner will receive a selection of books from Random House publishers and be published on the website. The full judging panel is to be confirmed but will include Chris Packham.

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