AUB is launching a Children’s Writing Competition to mark the 200th anniversary of one of the most beloved monster novels of all time
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was published in 1818 but it has continued to excite and scare generation after generation.
The author, who is buried in Bournemouth, was only 18 when she started her book, and just 20 when it was published.
This autumn, the town is celebrating the rich cultural and literary legacy of Frankenstein with a festival offering a wide range of exciting activities and events for all ages.
The BA (Hons) Creative Writing course is leading the way with a competition hoping to encourage the next generation of young authors.
Open to 9-16 year olds, winners will receive a prize as well as a writing mentorship.
The winners and runners-up will also be published in an anthology and be invited to read at a special ceremony as part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival.
Course Leader Dr James Cole says he is looking for “exciting pieces of new writing from young writers that explore the themes of monsters and what it means to be human”.
James said: “The Creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has sparked our imagination for such a long time.
“The idea of ‘monsters’ can mean something different for each and every one of us and this competition hopes to inspire writers to create monsters of their very own – these can be literal monsters or something more figurative – it’s totally up to the writer.”
Entrants are encouraged to address a number of questions when they think about what to write in their stories.
These are: What makes a human monstrous and what makes a monster human? How do we define monster in the modern age? What monsters do we hide from and how can we overcome them?
The three categories available to enter are Flash Fiction (up to 100 words), Short Story (up to 1000 words) and Poem (up to 40 lines).
For a chance to win, email your entries to email@example.com by Monday October 22.