Philip Pullman is to judge a new 500-word short story competition which is being launched ahead of the 2018 Liverpool Literary Festival.
The China Stories competition is looking for submissions across a broad range of categories, but entries should have a Chinese theme, to coincide with Liverpool’s China Dream season.
Winners will see their work published in an anthology and take part in a writing session with the Royal Society of Literature.
Pullman will judge submissions and present the winning writers with their prizes at a ceremony as part of Liverpool Literary Festival, which takes place from 19th to 21st October 2018.
Dinah Birch, pro-vice-chancellor for cultural engagement and Professor of English Literature, said: “We are looking forward to reading dazzling stories from the talented, creative young people who will be the stars of the future.”
There are four categories: primary school students, secondary school students, University of Liverpool students registered on full or part-time courses, and Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (China) students. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category. There is no entry fee, each writer can only enter one story and all entries must be written in English and not exceed 500 words. The deadline is midnight on 20th July 2018.
Returning for a second time in the autumn, the Liverpool Literary Festival features talks and workshops from a line-up of writers, including actor, author and comedian, Sir Tony Robinson; crime writer, Val McDermid; playwright, novelist and poet, Sebastian Barry and 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, Sally Rooney; among many others.
The University of Liverpool is an official partner of Liverpool’s China Dream season, which will see a host of events across the city, including the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum.
More details can be found on the festival's website.