Following on from the spring competition, we are once again pleased to be partnering with Bluebird, Pan Macmillan Publishers, to promote the series of stories by foster mum and Sunday Times bestselling author Angela Hart who, along with her husband Jonathan, has fostered more than fifty children.
Angela released a new book in August this year, called The Girl Who Wanted to Belong which can either be read as a full-length eBook or in three serialized eBook-only parts. This is part one of three.
The Girl Who Wanted to Belong is the moving story of her experience fostering one little girl with a heavy burden to carry.
Lucy is eight years old and ends up in foster care after being abandoned by her mum and kicked out by her new stepmother. Two aunties and then her elderly grandmother take her in but it seems nobody can cope with Lucy’s disruptive behaviour. Social Services hope a stay with experienced foster carer Angela will help Lucy settle down. She misses her dad and three siblings and is desperate for a fresh start back home, but will Lucy ever be able to live in harmony with her stepmother and her stepsister – a girl who was once her best friend at school?
A story of the difference that quiet care, a watchful eye and sympathetic ear can make to those children whose upbringing has been less fortunate than others.
Angela is set to release her sixth book The Girl in the Dark in February 2019, it’s about Melissa who is a sweet-natured girl with a disturbing habit of running away and mixing with the wrong crowd. After she’s picked up by the police, and with nowhere else to go, she is locked in a secure unit with young offenders. Social Services beg specialist foster carer Angela to take her in, but can she keep the twelve-year-old safe? And will Angela ever learn what, or who, drove Melissa to run and hide, sometimes in the dead of night? A true story that shares the tale of one of the many children she has fostered over the years. Angela’s stories show the difference that quiet care, a watchful eye and sympathetic ear can make to those children whose upbringing has been less fortunate than others.
To be in with a chance to win a full set of Angela’s Books, please write in fewer than 500 words your most favourite memory. You can send your entries to [email protected]. We will publish the winning story in the Spring Edition of Linklines. Closing date for entries is the 18 January 2019.
Competition Terms & Conditions
The competition is open from 23 November 2018 and entries must be submitted by midnight on 18 January 2019 when the competition closes.
Please read these competition rules carefully. If you enter one of our competitions, we will assume that you have read these rules and that you have agreed to them.
- The competition is organised by NFA Group and is supported by Bluebird, Pan Macmillan Publishers co-production partnership.
- Entry to this competition is open to persons who will be aged 18 and over and are full time residents of the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
This competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of NFA Group.
- Entrants must write a short story (no more than 500 words in length).
- Entries must be emailed into [email protected] by midnight on 18 January 2019
- All stories should be submitted in English.
- We can only accept stories which are 500 words or fewer according to the word counter on software, such as Microsoft Word.
- By submitting an entry, we assume that you agree to these Terms and Conditions (including the use of the story to be published in a future issue of Linklines)
- Entry opens on Friday 23 November 2018 at 08:00. Entry closes at midnight on 18 January 2019. Submissions received outside of this time frame will not be considered.
- Entries can only be entered individually. Only one entry per adult is permitted and the story must be wholly written by the adult; stories cannot be written by more than one person. If more than one entry is submitted, only the adult’s first submission will be considered.
- Entries must be an original piece, as the stories will be published it is important that entrants do not include any personal details about themselves. The entrant must not include their real name in the title or body of the story.
- Entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy.
- All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. NFA Group accepts no responsibility if entrants ignore these Terms and Conditions and entrants agree to indemnify NFA group against any claim by any third party from any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
- Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material; NFA Group reserves the right to disqualify entries containing such matter. Entries must be suitable to be broadcast, published or used online by NFA Group for audiences of all ages.
- Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant NFA Group a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and on any other platforms yet to be envisaged. This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by NFA Group, to fulfil the prizes and to complete the administration of this competition.
- By submitting a story the entrant agrees that NFA Group may at its sole discretion edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for the purposes listed in clause 14 above.
- Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
- The entries will be judged by the Linklines editorial board.
- The winner will receive a full set of published books by Angela Hart. We will notify you by telephone or e-mail. If we cannot contact you or you do not respond within two weeks, we reserve the right to offer the prize to another competition entrant.
- NFA Group decision as to the winner of this competition, is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
- NFA Group reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions, or to withhold a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.
- NFA Group reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
- These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.