Usborne launches second Young Writer competition

<p>Children&#39;s publisher Usborne is repeating its Young Writers&rsquo; Award, which was created last year to celebrate its fifth anniversary of publishing fiction. </p><p>The Young Writers Award 2010 once again aims to give children the opportunity to write a story with a real author. This year the five winning children will see their stories published as an e-book app, which will be available to download from the Apple iTunes App Store, in partnership with media company Sleepydog. </p><p>Usborne authors Sophie McKenzie, Steve Skidmore &amp; Steve Barlow, Diana Kimpton, Keith Brumpton and Anne&#8208;Marie Conway have each written a &quot;story starter&quot;, ranging from murder mystery to fairytale adventure. Children must complete the story, with the finished work being 1,000 words or fewer. </p><p>As well as being published in e-book form, winners will also get the opportunity to travel to the Usborne House to meet the authors, an author visit to their school, &pound;100-worth of Usborne books, and a year&#39;s free subscription to readingzone.com and Young Writer Magazine. </p><p>Megan Larkin, Usborne fiction director, said: &quot;One thing that connects all the authors on the Usborne Fiction list is their brilliant storytelling ability, and this award is a great way to celebrate this fact but also to encourage the practice of such an important skill.&quot;</p><p>Story starters can be read and downloaded by visiting: <a href="http://www.usborne.co.uk/youngwritersaward" target="_blank" title="www.usborne.co.uk/youngwritersaward">www.usborne.co.uk/youngwritersaward... </p>