A creative writing challenge aimed at “improving literacy and oracy skills” for schools is set to return.

The Lowery Creative Writing Challenge is open to children between the ages of seven and 11 with categories including poetry, short stories and stage text.

In each category, there will be runners-up, a first place winner and a second place winner, plus a special Founders Prize.

Director of learning and engagement at The Lowry Jenny Riding said: “The future of the children and young people of our communities is at the heart of everything that we do in our learning and engagement programme at The Lowry and the need for support in education post-pandemic and now with the cost-of-living crisis is greater than ever. 

“We know that improving literacy and oracy skills and raising their aspirations and confidence at this crucial moment in their lives, can have a lifelong impact.

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“We were blown away by the imagination and creativity of the entries to our first Creative Writing Challenge and we cannot wait to see the submissions this time.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our continued thanks to Beryl Jones for her generosity.”

School in Greater Manchester can get register their interest by emailing getcreative@thelowry.com.