"They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to be really good at something–so the younger you start, the better.That applies to writing just as much as it does to any other skill: it's not just a matter of natural talent. It takes a lot of work.
"But the good news is that as with any other skill, there are some aspects of writing that can be taught. That's what this prize is offering: more than a prize, and more than encouragement. Aspiring writers will also receive training and support from experienced practitioners of the craft. It's a wonderful opportunity–and the judges can't wait to read the results."
Read the press release on the judging panel for The Allen Prize for Young Writers 2011 competition