A WELLS author has been selected as a judge of a world-wide lockdown writing competition.

Beth Webb, who is represented by Bridgwater publisher March Hamilton, is judging the Worlds From Home lockdown competition which aims to get young people between the ages of 8 and 16 writing creatively during the lockdown period. Entries can be up to 500 words of any type of writing and winners will be published in an anthology, with a percentage of profits being donated to charity.

This comes after March Hamilton re-launched under new leadership just two years ago.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to engage in something creative during a stressful time,” Beth said.

“I’ve spoken to plenty of parents who are struggling with getting their kids to engage with learning during the lockdown. Imaginative work like this is a brilliant way to reinvigorate young minds and also give them something new to focus on while the country remains in lockdown.”

Beth, who is the author of The Dragons of Kilve, brings expertise from her time as a judge for the BBC 500 words competition in addition to a wealth of experience as a writer and storyteller.

The Worlds From Home competition will run until May 22.

To enter visit www.marchhamilton.com/competition.