Alesha Dixon will judge the 11th Explore Learning Writers’ Awards.

Alesha Dixon in teal for Dulux paints.

“We are thrilled to have Alesha Dixon as our judge for 2019.  Her Lightning Girl series is so popular with our members and we know that she will inspire lots of children across the UK to get writing.  We are so excited to now be open for entries and can’t wait to read the incredible stories the children of the UK come up with!” – Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning

The Explore Learning Writers’ Awards have opened this week for entries to the eleventh year and will be judged by best-selling author, singer, dancer and TV presenter, Alesha Dixon. The annual writing competition is aimed at children aged four to 14 and will inspire the next generation of authors. Whether they’re a reluctant writer or a budding Roald Dahl, this competition will inspire children from across the UK to get creative and write their very own short story inspired by this year’s theme – a chance to change the world!

Children are tasked with creating a 500-word story all about how they could transform the world, whether that’s by making waves to save the planet, becoming a superhero, exploring time travel or anything else their imaginations can conjure!

Alesha Dixon has been an inspiration to children throughout her career encompassing singing, dancing and huge success as a judge and presenter on programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Got Talent. Alongside these achievements, Alesha has written three very popular children’s books – Lightning Girl (launched in April 2018), Lightning Girl 2: Superhero Squad (September 2018) and Lightning Girl 3: Secret Supervillain (March 2019) about an 11-year-old girl who discovers her superhero powers!  Through her main character, Aurora Beam, she aims to spread a positive message of empowerment and self-reliance to young girls – and boys – across the country.

The winner of the competition will be announced during a surprise assembly in which Alesha and the team from Explore Learning will present them with a trophy, a trip to Disneyland Paris for their family and £500 worth of books for their school.  Every child that enters will receive a certificate to celebrate their story, along with personalised feedback from one of Explore Learning’s inspirational tutors.

“I am really looking forward to reading all of the imaginative ways the children of this country would change the world in this year’s competition. Having written stories myself, I know how rewarding it is and really hope they will take as much pleasure from it as I have. This is a great way to capture young imaginations and encourage thinking about bigger issues, while developing their writing talents.’’ – Alesha Dixon

Children can enter by visiting their local Explore Learning centre for an entry form or entering online at www.explorelearning.co.uk/writersawards. Simply hand the story back in, file online or send to Explore Learning’s head office at ELWA, Explore Learning, 74 North Street, Guildford, GU1 4AW.  Don’t forget to include your contact information so they can get in touch if your child wins!  The competition runs until Sunday 5th May.

Alesha records a voice for Doc McStuffins at Disney.
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