Top author backs writing competition to support vulnerable teenagers

Norwich author Emma Healey. Picture: EMILY GRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Norwich author Emma Healey. Picture: EMILY GRAY PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Emily Gray Photography

A best-selling Norwich author is urging aspiring writers to enter a competition to support vulnerable teenagers.

The creative writing contest is part of the Children's Society Seriously Awkward campaign, which aims to secure more help for 16 and 17-year-olds living with mental health problems.

It will also support youngsters with issues to do with housing and access to education and employment.

Emma Healey, an author from Norwich, is one of two literary experts judging the competition which is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

She was inspired to support the campaign following her battle with teenage depression.

Entrants need to write a fictional story of up to 2,000 words based upon the ups and downs of 16 and 17-year-olds.

There are categories for people aged 16-25 and adults aged 26 and over,

Enter online at by August 31.