Young travel writer competition

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Al Fresco holidays teams up with Jeremy Strong to find Britain’s best young travel writers

Al Fresco Holidays has teamed up with children’s author, Jeremy Strong, in a hunt to find Britain’s best young travel writers.

The competition encourages children to use their imagination and write a story about a fantastic journey to be in with the chance of winning a family holiday of a lifetime.

Budding writers have until March 31 to submit a story no longer than 500 words about a journey, whether real or imaginary. Al Fresco hopes the task will give children free reign to write about how they travel, who they travel with and where they go, stretching the limits of their imagination to create a truly unique and exciting story.

A random entry a day will be uploaded onto the kidz blog on the Al Fresco Holidays website for everyone to read. The top five will be judged for the chance to win a holiday to an Al Fresco parc of their choice and all will receive runners up prizes.

For inspiration, Jeremy Strong, author of 77 children’s novels, one of which was made into a popular BBC children’s TV series, has penned his very own short story, Joe’s Unusual Journey, exclusively for Al Fresco Holidays and is offering his top five tips for aspiring writers:

1. Create memorable characters, make them so real they come alive in your mind

2. Don’t write too much! Making your story long doesn’t make it into a good story

3. Get your story off to a good start, don’t spend too much time on setting things up or writing descriptions of places

4. Always go for the unexpected, don’t write things the reader will be expecting

5. Read it out loud to yourself, this will help you notice where you have written things that don’t make sense or are boring!

Jeremy Strong, said: “It’s highly important to feed a child’s imagination and encourage individual writing. Reading and writing is key for a child’s development and I’m very much looking forward to judging an enormous variety of unique stories.”

For more information and how to enter,  email

The competition closes on March 31 and the prize holiday will include travel to and from the parc.

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