A national creative writing competition, Blooming Minds Young Writers Awards, for children between ages six and 15 years, is in the offing. The contest is to come in two categories. The first being 300-word poetry and short stories for children between ages six and nine while the second entails a 500-worded fictional and non-fictional piece from kids aged nine to 15. Blooming Minds Kids Agency Nigeria Limited, promoters of the awards, said the targets must showcase stories depicting African cultures. Its Chief Executive, Mrs. Thelma Ofosu-Asamoah said: “It is an initiative that provides a platform for children with creative writing skills to exhibit their talent. It was first launched in Ghana last year. We are driven by the passion to raise a generation of children who are analytic, confident and expressive. “The aim is to ultimately nurture a writing culture in our youth by helping them engage their minds in creating stories that are African- centred. The competition will also help them to rediscover and appreciate the African culture through literature.” The sums of N50, 000 and N25, 000 go the winner and runner-up of the first category, just as N100, 000 and N80, 000 had been earmarked for victors of the second set. Entries close April 30. Forms are available in the participating schools or online at email@example.com.