16th April 1999 at 01:00

David Blunkett, the Secretary of State for Education, has agreed to present the awards for this competition, which requires children in primary and middle schools to write a story about a significant event in their lives. Closing date: May 31. Winners will receive prizes and their schools will receive Cambridge Reading books worth pound;500: the best stories will be published as a book. The organisers are Cambridge University and Cambridge University Press. Ask Rosemary Hayes on 01799 531192 for the free teachers' pack or e mail:

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