When we first came up with the idea of putting together a literary prize, we wanted it to be different, we wanted it to be a legacy.
That might sound a little ambitious but we had every faith it could work if we managed to catch the eye of the media to help us carry the message far and wide.
All writers use paper in one form or another and the idea of making a Word Forest by planting a tree for every entry, just made good green sense; the tricky bit would be spreading the word about the competition and getting enough entries to really make a difference.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 30th November and as it stands, we feel we have received enough entries to make a difference, but we’d love more.
Therefore, we are putting out a call to fellow bloggers to repost, Tweeters to RT and Followers to share this story or either of our little teaser trailers on their networks.
The Word Forest is being planted near the Kundeni School in Bore, Kenya under the critical supervision of our forest coordinator Ru Hartwell, who has planted hundreds of thousands of trees in forestation projects all over the world.
Ru knows the school and the community well and despite the fact that it’s a very deprived area, the children love the safe, comfortable environment they are getting their education in and we have a plan to make it better still.
The children and their families from this community will all get involved actually planting our Word Forest and we will be building a new classroom at their school to thank them.
The Word Forest will make an enormous difference to the children of Bore and to future generations, furthermore, trees that are planted along the equator do the most efficient job of absorbing CO2 and keeping our planet cool; everyone around the world benefits from that.
Aside from uncovering literary excellence in short stories and poetry (the shortlist and winners from which will go into print) you will be doing the residents of the planet a good service and shining a brighter light on the future of the children of Bore.
PS: We do have another incentive designed to get you sharing and are giving away a Kindle Fire in a free draw later this week which will be done live on air with Phil Hodgson on Apple FM. It’s very simple to enter, please have a peek and be in with a chance of winning it.