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Last Updated: Tuesday February 20 2007 08:34 GMT

World Class chance to get creative

Competition judge Akala receives the award for Best Hip Hop at the MOBO Awards 2006

Can you rap with flair, sing with style or rhyme with rhythm? If so, then you should have a go at the World Class competition.

The contest wants kids aged eight to 16 to write a short story, poem or rap on the theme of freedom.

Writer Jackie Kay, author Malorie Blackman and musician Akala will be judges - and the top story will be turned into a BBC drama.

And the other winners will feature on Newsround!

The competition is to mark the fact it's 200 years since the slave trade was outlawed.

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It's being run by BBC World Class, which is a school twinning initiative, helping UK schools team up with other schools from around the globe..

More information can be found on the World Class website by using the link on the right hand side.

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