Creative writing competitions to enter in September

Here are some creative writing competitions to enter this month – including The Canterbury Tales writing contest and The Reflections’s Project calling for submissions on the pandemic.

The Reflections Project

The Reflections Project is calling on 8-18 year olds to reflect upon this year in a creative and positive way. They are looking on writers to create a short story, either fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a piece of art that will help you look back and reflect upon 2020 and all that has happened.

If your work makes it into the final shortlist, it will be published in a book that will be available online and through select bookstores as well as stored in the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, the Bodleian Library (University of Oxford) and Cambridge University Library.

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At least £2 of every copy sold will be given to charities that help fight childhood hunger in the UK and organisations that are devoted to the rewilding the UK. Any further profits from the sale of the book will also be split between the charities and organisations selected.

 Entry is completely free!

The closing date is the 31st October 2020, so go get creative!

The Canterbury Tales Writing Competition

The Canterbury Tales Writing Competition is looking for the following:

  1.  poem or story about wishes coming true
  2. A poem or story about wishes going wrong
  3. A description of a character who grants wishes

Your writing should invoke the spirit of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

The maximum word count is 500 words

Deadlines: All entries must be submitted by 31 January 2021.

Relevant age groups:

Junior – 5-10 years old

Intermediate – 11-14 years old

Prizes: £100-£300

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.

Crime fiction for children

Story including a taxi cab!

C.A.A.B Publishing is looking for children aged between 8 and 13 years old to enter its competition for the chance to see their stories in print.

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

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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!

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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.

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