Mane Chance Writing Competition

  |  Published: Apr 21st 2015

Mane Chance Sanctuary is­ delighted to announce details of their inaugural Mane Chance Writing Competition in association with Blue Max Banner Ltd and supported by Surrey Occasions. Renowned author, poet, playwright and British Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, OBE, will be chairman of the panel of judges. If you would like a unique opportunity to have this literary genius read your composition, then this competition is for you.

Write your poem or short story (max 1,500 words) about horses, ponies or any animals and our special relationships with them. The competition will be judged in 4 age categories, 3 for children and 1 for adults. As an added incentive, the 3 winning children will also win £500 worth of Sportswear for their school.

The categories are as follows :

10 yrs & Under- First prize £25 plus t-shirt & £500 worth of Sportswear  for your school. Second Prize £10 plus t-shirt

11 – 14 years – First prize £50 plus £500 worth of Sportswear for your school.  Second Prize £25

15 – 18 years  - First prize £100 plus £500 worth of Sportswear  for your school. Second Prize £50

Adults – First prize £100. Second Prize £50

Additional Horse-related prizes for all Highly Commended entries.

Mane Chance Sanctuary, whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate old, abused and abandoned horses, was founded in 2011 by actress Jenny Seagrove. The 47 acre site in Compton, Surrey is a vast oasis of peace and tranquillity and currently home to 26 residents. The horses are integrated within the local community and the sanctuary regularly welcomes sick, special needs and under privileged youngsters to visit. They also take the equine residents to those unable to travel.

Jenny Seagrove, founder of Mane Chance Sanctuary said; “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to offer children and adults the chance to have their composition read by the wonderful literary talent that is Michael Morpurgo. All entry fees will go directly to the upkeep of the horses and Sanctuary and towards the work we do with people too”.

Closing Date is Friday 10th July, 2015. Entry fee is just £5 or £2 for Under 10’s. Entries can be made by post sending your composition to Mane Chance Sanctuary, BKL House, 1 Venice Walk, London W2 1RR or by email to Payment can be made by BACS, BTDonate or cheque. Full details are available at

The Judging Panel will be led by Michael Morpurgo, OBE and will comprise Jenny Seagrove, Sara Crowe and Lynne Chitty. All winning entrants will have their composition published in Surrey Occasions and will be invited to attend a prize giving at the Mane Chance Open Day in late August including VIP Family Ticket and Guided Park Tour. Further information about Mane Chance Sanctuary can be found at or 07512 363400.

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