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A London bookshop is raising money for the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital through its annual short story competition for budding young writers.


Daunt Books, which has stores across the capital, is inviting children up to 15-years-old to send in stories between 300 and 1,500 words for the chance to see their work in a specially published book.

The book will go on sale in May at Daunt Books for £6, with £1 of every copy sold being donated to the More Smiles Appeal. The appeal aims to raise at least £2 million for the renovation and expansion of the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington so an extra 200 lives can be saved there every year.

Brett Wolstencroft, manager of Daunt Books in Marylebone, said: “The More Smiles Appeal is a great cause and we are proud to be raising money to help save children’s lives.

“Our annual short story competition is always popular with children from the local area but we also receive entries from as far away as Hong Kong. It’s great to see so many children getting involved.”

The competition closes on Sunday 8 January 2017 and the results will be announced in April. There will be a prize giving with an author after the winners have been announced.

Laura Kell at the More Smiles Appeal said: “We would like to thank Daunt Books for choosing to support the More Smiles Appeal. Every penny raised from this competition will make a huge difference in helping the unit to treat even more children every year.”

To enter the competition, email your story typed, double spaced and single sided to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Make sure your contact details are supplied with your work.

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