Sweet Cherry author invited to judge Premier Inn x Great Ormond Street Hospital under-15s short-story competition

Author Gill Stewart at Premier Inn, Oban.
Feb 26 2020

Sweet Cherry’s Scottish author Gill Stewart has been invited to judge entries for Premier Inn’s under 15s short story competition to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

The esteemed judging panel also includes Katie Tsang (author of Sam Wu), Jim Smith (author and illustrator of Barry Loser) and Barry Cunningham, former Publisher who signed J.K. Rowling at Bloomsbury.

The competition welcomes a diverse collection of 500-word stories revolving around friendship, families, animals or even science fiction.  The winning entries will be published and the prize also includes a two-night stay at a Premier Inn of the winner’s choice.

Amit Aggarwal, of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said:

‘(…) Writing and reading can help entertain children and young people during their treatment and empower them to express themselves too. We look forward to reading the fantastic entries to this competition.’

As a writer for tweens and young adults, Gill feels strongly about the negative portrayal of young people in the media and likewise aims to use her writing to represent teens as ambitious, determined and community-minded.

The author of the Galloway Girls series is calling on young writers, all the way from the South West to her hometown of Scotland, to celebrate the UK’s literary brilliance and enter.

Gill Stewart, who’s next book, Gemma’s Not Sure, releases in May, said:

‘I’m delighted to be chosen to judge this exciting writing competition for young authors. Reading at bedtime has always been a favourite with me, but the idea of a story to wake up to is really interesting. I can’t wait to see what inspires young writers today.’

Entries can be made by e-mail to: StoryPremierInn@golin.com by 9am on 31st March 2020.

Sweet Cherry values children from all backgrounds and abilities having access to great stories and this is a great opportunity for Gill to work with Premier Inn to support such a great cause.