Could your child be the next J K Rowling or David Walliams? Children between 10 and 14 years old are in with a chance to win great prizes courtesy of The Belfry Shopping Centre which has teamed up again with Redhill’s The Warwick School to kick off this year’s Reigate and Banstead Writes Short Story Competition.

Great prizes to be won include a Kindle Paperwhite for the winner with a Basic Kindle for the runner-up and a £30 voucher from Waterstones at the Belfry for the third-placed winner.

Belfry Manager, Andy Nash, said, “We’re delighted to support this fantastic competition for young novelists of the future! This competition gives children the opportunity to show off their writing skills and always attracts outstanding entries. It’s great to read the fascinating stories set in locations around Redhill, Reigate, Merstham, Horley and the immediate surrounding area. Good luck to everyone who enters.”

This popular annual competition attracted hundreds of entries last year from children in the local community. The idea is simple, write a fictional story of not more than 1,000 words set within the borough of Reigate and Banstead.

So it’s time for all talented young writers out there to get their creative hats on and let their imaginations run wild! Have an army of ducks taken over Priory Park? Has a time portal opened in Reigate Castle Grounds? Are secret spaceships being built at Redhill Aerodrome? Did a picnic turn into a comic adventure on Banstead Common?

Closing date is 28 February 2019. Children can hand their stories into their school with an entry form attached or can send them to Kay Hymas, R&B Writes, The Warwick School, Noke Drive, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4AD.

The judges will make their decision by April 2019.The winners will be notified and prizes handed out at a special prize-giving ceremony.

For the entry form and more information about the competition, visit