Young writers and artists could see their zines published

Young people in Craven are being given the chance to see their writing and art published in a zine-making competition being run at the Skipton library.

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They are being encouraged to put pen to paper on any subject that inspires them, including difficult issues like discrimination, bullying, sexuality, racism and politics.

The Project Zine competition is run by the library's Reading Hack young volunteers and members of Team Ketchup, a kids' comic collective that is based at the library and has already published five issues of its own comic. The competition is financed by the Reading Hack Call for Ideas, a Reading Agency project that supports groups of young people to get creative with reading and encourage their peers to read more.

Project Zine is open to anyone aged between 13 and 24 who lives or is educated in Craven.

Zines can be in the form of a comic or a diary, short story, poetry or text-free illustration. They must be black and white, no bigger than A5 and no more than 12 pages, including the covers. They must be submitted by 24 June along with a completed entry form. Forms are available from Skipton library and the Team Ketchup Facebook page. People can enter using a pen name.

To help people create their zines, free workshops with Eisner Award-nominated artist Kristyna Baczynski will be held at Skipton library from 2pm on 13 May and 20 May. Booking is essential.

The winners will be announced at a zine showcase at the library on Small Press Day, 8 July. All entries will be displayed between 1.30pm and 3pm. The winning entries will be published in a small print run and copies will be for sale on the Team Ketchup table at the Thought Bubble Sequential Art Festival in Leeds in September.

Chrys Mellor, General Manager Libraries for North Yorkshire County Council, said: "This is a great opportunity and we're grateful to the support of the Reading Agency. Comics offer people an alternative route into reading, and by taking part in Project Zine young people will also be learning storytelling skills.

"The zines can be about anything and will be judged by young members of Team Ketchup, who have years of publishing experience. So come on, write and draw your zine your way. Whether you're interested in fashion, fan fiction, football, music, comedy or social issues, this competition is an opportunity to have your voice heard."

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency, said: "We received almost 50 applications for the Reading Hack Call for Ideas, all of which were imaginative, original and led entirely by young people. There are six projects across the country that were chosen to receive funding, ranging from themed film nights and loyalty card schemes to a workshop and recording session ran by young people who are blind or partially sighted. We're really looking forward to seeing how these projects reach out to other young people and engage them with the joy of reading."

This story was published 18 April 2017