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If you write one thing this year, make it an entry for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize.

This unique international writing competition plants a tree for every single entry received in their Tropical Word Forest in Bore, Kenya, in association with the Community Carbon Link.

Stories – up to 4,000 words – and poems – up to 50 lines – can win £1,000, £300, £100 and two £50 highly commendeds in each category. The deadline is 31 December and their website is: http://www.magicoxygen.co.uk

Not only are the prizes handsome, but every entry will also be published in an anthology, with the organisation planting another tree for each anthology sold and also giving part of the royalties to help build an urgently needed schoolhouse at the Kundeni School in Bore.

Do take a look at the happy Kenyan youngsters on their video, saying thank you for the help already given. They now have wooden bars on the schoolroom to prevent wild monkeys climbing in and destroying their few books.

Writing is our thing. The environment is something we care about. Those children in Bore need a helping hand. Let’s do something about it before the 31st December- and get writing!