Monster of a writing challenge

Published: 2 February 2020
Reporter: David Upton

Keith Gilmore (Monster) and cast of the A Monster Calls UK tour in rehearsals Credit: Manuel Harlan

A creative writing challenge has been launched alongside the UK tour of A Monster Calls.

The Monster Writing Challenge is seeking short stories inspired by the show and written by young people aged 10–25.

The challenge is open to individuals, school groups and community groups—anyone who has a story to tell. Each submission must be no more than 500 words and inspired by any of the themes in A Monster Calls. These include family, grief, hidden emotions, truth, people are complicated, bereavement and friendship.

Deadline for submissions from those in the North West is February 20 ahead of the show's run at The Lowry from February 25–29.

Selected stories will be narrated by members of the cast in a series of videos on the production’s social media channels.