MP Caroline Ansell has launched a short story competition for children in the constituency aged eight to 11.

Caroline is inviting children from Eastbourne, Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington to send in an entry by the end of March.

The story can be on any topic so the youngsters can let their imaginations run wild. There is no word limit but it does need to be a short story.

The prize will be something from the Parliament shop for the winner and runner up and a visit from Caroline to hand over the goodies.

“I was inspired to launch the competition following World Book Day earlier this month,” said Caroline.

“The power and magic of storytelling knows no bounds and I would like our talented children to get their pens out and write a story to inspire themselves and others.

“I am really excited about this and I am looking forward to reading every single one and picking out the winner,” said the former teacher.

“The best of luck to everyone.”

To enter, parents or guardians can send the stories to along with their email address and their child’s full name, age, school and address.

Alternatively, entries can be sent to Caroline’s office, Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road, BN21 4UG.