What is the Louise Rennison National Funny Award?
The Louise Rennison National Funny Award is a new writing and performing arts competition designed to showcase the creative and comedic talents of young people in the UK.
Children are certainly naturals at making us laugh and smile but perhaps you know of a young performer who you think would be interested in entering to become the King or Queen of Comedy, crowned by the Louise Rennison National Funny Award?
Who can enter and how?
Inspired by the legacy of late Author and comedian Louise Rennison, the award encourages 11 to 18 year olds to create original comedy by submitting up to 1,000 words or three pages of creative copy or a funny video performance of up to three minutes.
The free to enter competition is now OPEN and closed on August 31st, where a panel of judges – including presenters, comedians and writers – will select the overall competition winners – set to be revealed in October.
Meet the judges…
CBBC Presenter and awards judge Ben Shires says, “In these bizarre times when schools are closed and the world is all looking a bit gloomy, the Louise Rennison National Funny Award gives young people up and down the country a great way to get creative and focus on something positive and fun.” Ben continues, “Whether you think you’re funny or not, it really doesn’t matter – it’s all about trying something new and having a laugh whilst doing it. I think we can all agree, more laughter is exactly what the country needs right now – especially the younger generation – so get involved and let’s all have a good old giggle!”
Fellow judges include comedian Andi Osho, TV presenters Jonny Nelson and Lauren Layfield, writer and author Mark Heywood, talent manager Kate Haldane and Director of Hay Children’s Festival, Julia Eccleshare.
More about the competition:
The competition falls into two categories:
- Comedic Writing (up to 1,000 words of creative copy – this could be a short story, a script, a screen play, a book chapter or an article for a magazine or newspaper).
- Comedic Performance (up to three minutes of video – this could be a scene for a film, a TV show, a play, an advert or a stand-up performance).
Submissions will be judged in two age bands: 11 to 14 and 15 to 18 with the option to enter as an individual or a group (up to four people maximum).
There will be prizes for first place, second place and third place runners up that include interactive comedic and creative writing and performance workshops with established writers and comedians; with over 100 books to be given away to runners up.
Created by Louise’s family, her sister Sophie Severs explains, “Louise was such a beloved talent, who enjoyed nothing more than to make people smile through her storytelling. The creation of this award is not only to honour her legacy, but to inspire positivity and creativity in the next generation through the power of comedy. This is reflected in the experiences we are offering as prizes. It’s not about winning an award to sit on the mantel piece – winners will have the opportunity to undertake immersive workshops with some of the top creative and comedic talent in the country.”
Open to everyone falling in the age categories, Sophie continues, “Most of all the award is about exploring comedy, trying something different and having fun!”
For more visit www.louiserennisonnationalfunnyaward.com
About Louise Rennison
Louise Rennison was a beloved English author and comedian, who liked nothing more than to make people smile through her storytelling.
Her most famous works include, award winning book “Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging” – part of the “Confessions of Georgia Nicolson” series – which was turned into a major motion picture in 2008; and “The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey”, following the story of teenage Tallulah as she heads to a prestigious performing arts school and gets her first taste of freedom.
Louise passed away in 2016, but her books are still incredibly popular with young adult readers around the world and in total have been translated into 30 languages throughout the globe – with Rennison’s glossaries at the back of her books joyfully explaining English teenage speak and Yorkshire dialect!
Always smiling, Louise’s research for her books required many hours hanging around with fourteen-year-olds which is, as she said, “Brilliant-the best fun known to humanity”.
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