The Sunday Times in partnership with international best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford is asking girls to write a short, fictional story with a central theme of 'friendship'.
"Friendships are hugely exciting but also can be complicated, and sometimes difficult.
All sorts of things can happen between friends - from rivalry, jealousy and competitiveness right through to someone undertaking an amazing act of kindness that helps a friend in a time of need. Whatever the scenario, there must always be a resolution to the story to satisfy the reader. If you don't have trouble or a problem, you have no drama and you don't pull in the reader. The theme can be quite dramatic in a personal way. It has to have emotions and real feelings."