COMPETITION

Time Enough is pleased to announce its Train Design and Short Story Competition in collaboration with children’s author Christopher Vine, Isle of Man Transport and The Family Library.

We may be feeling a little stuck at home but that can’t stop our imaginations. We can travel anywhere with a bit of inspiration, so we invite you to create a virtual journey and design the train to take us there!

Take a look at our Virtual Train Journeys and Christopher Vine’s Trainspotting puzzle page on Spotlight for some ideas or go to Christopher Vine’s website Peter’s Railway.  For some inspiration why not look at our own heritage railways here on the Island, visit Isle of Man Transport to explore the Isle of Man Steam Railway, see photos of our trains, and learn about where they run.

The closing date is 6th July 2020. The winners will be announced on the 17th July 2020.

There are four categories and 9 different prizes to be won:

Age 4-7  Peter’s Railway Design a Train

Age 8-10  Peter’s Railway Design a Train

Age 5-7  The Rainbow Train, short story, up to 400 words, with or without illustrations.

Age 8-14  Short Train Story, using the same title as above or creating your own, up to 500 words.

You can start your story (and your journey anywhere you like) however, if you want something to get you started try this opening sentence suggestion:

It was pouring with rain and the sun was shining through a gap in the clouds when, suddenly, the train came to a halt

The entries may be sent via email to competition@timeenough.im

You do not have to use the entry form. You can simply use a piece of paper, but make sure you put your name, age and address on it, together with you design or story. You can send entries by post, or delivered to the Family Library, Westmoreland Road, Douglas, IM1 1RL. Please mark the envelope Train Competition. Entries with a stamped addressed return envelope will be returned at the end of the competition. Entries may also be collected from the Family Library after the winner has been announced. 

GOOD LUCK!!!!!

The prizes include:

To the Overall Winner

  • A model of one of the Isle of Man Railways locomotives
  • A one day family Go Explore card valid on all Isle of Man Transport services so you can have a fabulous day out

To Each Category Winner

  • Dedicated and signed copies of Christopher Vine’s Books
  • One winning story read by Christopher Vine with a Video Version.
  • One winning story read by local author CL Bennett with a Video Version.
  • A Drive the Diesel Simulator Experience in the Port Erin Railway Museum
  • Railway Ticket Mug designed by local artist Lizzie Cowin
  • Runner’s Up prizes in each category: Free membership to the Family Library for 1 year
  • £10 Book Voucher

The Prizes will be posted to the winner’s addresses.

Full Competition Rules

The judges’ decision is final.

The competition is open to anyone of the appropriate age living on the Isle of Man.

More than one entry is permitted.

Entries can be for the story or the design or both.

The entries must be received before the closing date. The closing date is 6th July 2020.

The entries may be sent via email to competition@timeenough.im

You do not have to use the entry form. Paper entries will also be accepted. Entries by post, or delivered to the Family Library, Westmoreland Road, Douglas, IM1 1RL must be marked on the envelope Train Competition. Entries with a stamped addressed return envelope will be returned at the end of the competition. Entries may also be collected from the Family Library after the winner has been announced. 

The entries must have the full name, age and contact details.

The entries must be the entrants’ original work.

Time Enough, Christopher Vine, Isle of Man Transport and the Family Library may post the winning entries on social media and their own websites together with the names of the prize winners.

The normal terms and conditions of each website applies to this competition.

No cash alternative is available for the prizes.

If submitted to the Family Library the winning entries will be returned to the winners together with the prizes.

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