A new short story competition has been launched giving children a chance to win a golden ticket to the Roald Dahl Museum in celebration of World Book Day.

Held annually on the first Thursday in March children dress as their favourite book characters but this year school children can enter into a local competition run by McCarthy Stone.

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Three children who demonstrate the most flair, creativity and imagination will win recognition and prizes with two £25 book vouchers will be awarded to runners up, while the winning storyteller will receive tickets for a family of five to visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden.Bucks Free Press: Inside the musuemInside the musuem

Sam Watkins, divisional sales director at McCarthy Stone, said: “We are so excited to launch this short story competition in a village with such a rich literary heritage.

"Roald Dahl continues to inspire children the world over, and especially here in Great Missenden where there will undoubtedly be a number of children with a particular way with words!"

Over 60,000 visitors are welcomed to the museum each year and encourage the young, the old and the in-between to experiment with writing, rediscovering old favourites, and reading books aloud.

Sam continued: “Thank you to the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre for their support in launching the competition.

"Roald Dahl is an inspiration for many of our homeowners, many of whom will have read his stories when they were primary school age themselves and read his wonderful books to their children and grandchildren throughout the years.

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The winner will also be invited to read their piece at McCarthy Stone’s Great Missenden development, The Cloisters which is 100 yards down the road from the museum.

Sam said: "With The Cloisters being so close to the Roald Dahl museum, it felt fitting to join in the World Book Day celebrations and show some support for the next generation of storytellers.”

To enter the competition, email your short story to mccarthyandstone@mccann.com by March 18, stating your first name and age.

Winners will be contacted within two weeks of the competition closing date.