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Dear Young Writer,

Well, that's the first month of the new school term nearly over, not long now until half term! This month we have been busy announcing lots of pupil and school winners, congratulations if you are one of them.

In celebration of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday on the 13th September we hid a special golden ticket in one of our September orders. Congratulations to Woodside Academy who have won £100 Love 2 Shop vouchers!

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and book giveaways!

August Newsletter Giveaway!

Well done to Amber Akhter who has won a Staedtler Triplus Colour Pen Set and Becky Mobbs who has won a £20 National Book Token just for opening last month's newsletter!

Next month we will be giving away two sets of Berol Soft Artist Pastels to two lucky subscribers just for opening this newsletter!

Remember to open each month's newsletter to be automatically entered into the draws!

Poetry Rivals 2016

Have you ever dreamt about performing your poetry on stage in front of an audience? Here is your chance to make your dream come true! Poetry Rivals invites you to enter a poem on any theme and in any style for the chance to be published, invited to perform live at the slam final and have the chance to win an amazing prize.

This year we have two age categories, Under 12s and 12+ with prizes that include your height in books and an Aspiring Authors Package with Spiderwize!

Could you be the 2016 Poetry Rivals slam champion?

Extended Closing Date 14th October 2016

Find out more at

National Poetry Day 6th October

To celebrate National Poetry Day we will have a fantastic GIVEAWAY on our Facebook and Twitter pages on the 6th October. You could win the below books and even more for your child to enjoy!

It's Not My Fault!
By Roger Stevens and Steven Withrow

Poetry Pie
By Roger McGough

I Don't Like Poetry
By Joshua Seigal

Dinosaurs & Dinner-Ladies
By John Dougherty

Jelly Boots Smelly Boots
By Michael Rose

Don't forget to check out our Poetry Book feature, which recommends lots of poetry books for all ages!

Young Writers Birthday Balloon Release

On Friday 23rd September the Young Writers' team and students from Nene Park Academy headed to Ferry Meadows in Peterborough to release 25 prize balloons to celebrate the 25th birthday of Young Writers. Each of the balloons has a special prize ticket attached, so if you come across a balloon with a special Young Writers tag don't forget to get in touch with us!

A massive thank you to all the students at Nene Park Academy, Peterborough!

Phizz-Whizzing Words Closing Soon

On the 13th September pupils across the UK celebrated Roald Dahl's 100th birthday by dressing up, reading his books and talking in Dahl's made up language. Phizz Whizzing Words is a competition for children like you to have a go at writing a poem or story in the style of Roald Dahl!

What mischief could your characters get up to or what revolting rhymes can you think of? Send your entry into us by the end of September for the chance to win a family ticket to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

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My Favourite Things to Read as a Child By Andy Riley

This month we had the pleasure of being the first stop on the King Flashypants blog tour! Author Andy Riley wrote a fantastic blog post all about his favourite things he read as a child and even offered three free signed copies of King Flashypants to our readers!

Read Andy's full blog post here.

Don't miss out on winning signed books again by subscribing to our blog for free here

Ghost Stories

It's time to get in to the Halloween spirit with scary costumes, pumpkins and trick or treating. This Halloween why not have a go at writing your very own scary story! It could be about a ghostly ghost living in your attic, a monster under your bed or a scary being who turns out to be more scared of you.

We would love to read your scary stories for Halloween so send them in!

Check out our fun free Halloween creative pack full of fun things to do running up to and on the 31st October!

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YoungMinds is the country's leading Children and Young People's mental health charity. They have been working with schools to help them to build the resilience of their pupils. They have been working directly with small groups of children in primary schools across an East London Borough helping the children to create their own ideas and projects around resilience building in their schools.

In this academic year's poetry competition, Poetry Emotions, we're working with YoungMinds. We're aiming to raise a huge 5,000 to help raise awareness for YoungMinds and the great work they do to support children and young people.

So far we have raised 3578.10 (up to23rd September) - thank you for your support!

You can view our donation progress here.