Entering competitions can be a great way to prepare for the 11-plus writing task – and you might win a prize in the process. The publisher Pearson is the latest to launch a lockdown-themed contest – write a story about your everyday hero. Here are some others – including the Young Muslim Writers Awards and a competition looking for a story including a taxi cab!
Pearson’s My Twist on a Tale writing competition – Everyday Heroes
On International Literacy Day (Tuesday 8 September), Pearson will be launching its My Twist on a Tale writing competition for its second year.
This free competition, now open to 4- to 19-year-olds across the UK, will encourage young people to let their imagination run wild as they write a story based on our new theme for 2020: Everyday Heroes.
Following an extraordinary year of disruption, the publisher decided to update its competition theme, to provide children with a positive outlet to highlight the extraordinary stories that have emerged throughout the year. Pearson wants children to have the opportunity to write their own tales of people who have made a difference to them.
And who says the hero needs to be a human? It could be a story about a guide dog or even a cat that comes to save the day!
Entries will need to be submitted online by Friday 27 November 2020, so the expert judging panel can decide on the winning collection of short stories.
Story including a taxi cab!
Each story must include a taxi cab and something magical.
The best stories will be selected for inclusion in an upcoming anthology of stories with everyone selected receiving a goody bag and a free copy of the anthology. One lucky winner will also be picked to receive a bundle of kid’s books that have been reviewed over on our Tik Tok and You Tube channels.
Theme: Taxi Cabs and Magic
Word Length: Around 1,000
Open to: UK Children aged 8 – 13 Years Old
Closing Date: 30th September 2020
The Young Walter Scott Prize
If you are going to be 11 before 31 October 2020, this could be one for you! The Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical fiction writers. If you are at home on lockdown, this is the perfect time to flex your writing muscles and get a story down on paper.
Entries are judged in two categories – 11-15 years and 16-19 years, and we’re looking for stories with historical relevance and accuracy, originality, a good grasp of language, characterisation and plot – but above all enjoyment in your writing. The fiction can be in any form – prose, poetry, drama, fictional diaries, letters or reportage. Stories must be set in the past – any time before you were born!
Category winners receive a £500 travel and research grant to further explore historical places in the UK, and a two-day trip to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland. The runners-up in each category receive a £100 book token, and all the winning stories are published in a special YWSP anthology book.
The Young Muslim Writers Awards
The Young Muslim Writers Awards are back and hungrier than ever before for your tantalisingly tasty talent. For all budding writers aged 5 to 16 with just that flavoursome flair begging to be showcased, whip up a short story, poem, article, screenplay or play script for the competition’s ravenous judges.
The competition organisers have compiled a list of resources to help you get started.
OxBridge Centre (UK)
It’s competition time! The TWO winners will receive a £20 Amazon voucher.
Age groups: 6-9 & 10+
Please submit 500 word handwritten stories by 7 September to firstname.lastname@example.org including the author’s name and age.
Please note, by submitting your stories, you are giving OxBridge Centre the permission to repost the story (with due credit).