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Thursday, November 26, 2009


They say everyone has a book inside them. This autumn the BBC is on the hunt for real life stories that could become best selling books…

Following on from the success of the recent poetry season, the BBC is launching a major new campaign designed to encourage the nation to discover the joy of books.
As part of the campaign five people will win a major book deal with one of the country’s leading publishers plus a cash advance of £20,000.

The campaign is called MY STORY and it’s open to anyone…

Basically we’re looking to find true stories about ordinary people’s real lives. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, all that matters is that the story is true and based on your life or your family’s life. It can’t be fiction or fictionalised. It must be based on true events that have happened to you.

15 stories will feature in a major new five part TV series called MY STORY that will go out on primetime BBC One next year. And five of the stories from the series will be published as books.

A small literary panel will select the winning stories and the books will all be published by Harper Collins and will all be available to buy in bookshops across the country immediately after each of the five TV programmes has been broadcast.
All you have to do to take part is to go to the MY STORY website BBC.CO.UK/MYSTORY and put in a summary of your story in no more than 1500 words. That's it.
So if you've had a remarkable life or something extraordinary has happened to you or your family then get writing and you could win a publishing deal with a cash advance of £20,000.


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