“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” This quote by Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist is a favourite of mine. It calls from a big poster on the wall of one of my academy clients and it’s particularly relevant today as we’ve been inundated with entries for first our first Short Story Competition.
So why are a firm of accountants running a Short Story Competition?
It is not an obvious link, but if you are acquainted with the Alliotts ethos it’s maybe not that surprising. We run regular charity fundraising events, and staff are allocated with time to invest into volunteering. Sounds like most savvy firms doesn’t it? But where Alliotts differs is that staff are encouraged and supported to come up with ideas for getting involved in the local community.
When I came up with the Short Story Competition idea my colleagues were keen to help make it happen. It was a perfect marriage, as a dedicated bookworm and a member of our educational team I spend a lot time at academies. This initiative means we get to give something back to the education sector and means we get to read creative works from today’s young talent and the best selling authors of tomorrow.
The aim of this competition is to encourage creativity. We are delighted to have published children’s author Susan Moore, as our guest judge, she will select a winner and three runner ups from the finalists chosen by Alliotts team members. Susan is passionate about promoting creative writing in the young and as a children’s author is a perfect guest judge.
Winners and runners up will also benefit from advice and tips from Literary Agent Susan Armstrong of Conville & Walsh Literary Agency, which we hope will encourage them to continue writing. My colleagues who have volunteered to give up their time to read the entries will choose their favourites and these will make up the ‘Hall of Fame’ on our website.
The top four stories will be announced on 1st March. The winner and their class will be invited to attend an exclusive creative writing workshop hosted by our guest judge Susan Moore. A prize well worth winning!
Good luck to all of our entrants and a big thank you to Susan Moore, Susan Armstrong and my colleagues for their invaluable help.
And do keep a look out for our Short Story ‘Hall of Fame’ which will be published soon on our website.