A new writing and performing arts comedy competition has been launched to showcase the creative talents of young people in the UK.
The Louise Rennison National Funny Award, inspired by the legacy of late author and comedian Louise Rennison, encourages 11 to 18-year-olds to create original comedy by submitting up to 1,000 words or three pages of creative copy, or a funny video performance of up to three minutes.
The free comedy competition opened 1 April and submissions close on 31 August. A panel of judges – including presenters, comedians and writers – will select the overall competition winners.
CBBC presenter and awards judge Ben Shires said: “In these bizarre times when schools are closed and the world is all looking a bit gloomy, the Louise Rennison National Funny Award gives young people up and down the country a great way to get creative and focus on something positive and fun.
The Louise Rennison National Funny Award gives young people up and down the country a great way to get creative and focus on something positive and fun
“Whether you think you’re funny or not, it really doesn’t matter – it’s all about trying something new and having a laugh whilst doing it. I think we can all agree, more laughter is exactly what the country needs right now – especially the younger generation – so get involved and let’s all have a good old giggle!”
Fellow judges include comedian Andi Osho, TV presenters Jonny Nelson and Lauren Layfield, writer and author Mark Heywood, talent manager Kate Haldane and Director of Hay Children’s Festival, Julia Eccleshare.
Submissions will be judged in two age bands: 11 to 14 and 15 to 18, with the option to enter as an individual or a group (up to four people maximum).
There will be prizes for first place, second place and third place runners up that include interactive comedic and creative writing and performance workshops with established writers and comedians; with over 100 books to be given away to runners up.
For more, visit www.louiserennisonnationalfunnyaward.com