Story writing competition 2021

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The competition

The University of Birmingham and the National Literacy Trust are jointly running a story writing competition. Following on from the Heroes and Heroines story writing competition in 2020, this year's topic is 'Water Stories.'

The submitted stories will become part of the ‘Birmingham Stories Corpus’ (BSC), a collection of stories that our researchers at the University of Birmingham use to study the language of stories.

Throughout the summer we'll be sharing lots of activities and ideas for inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and when schools return in September you'll have access to a PowerPoint resource for teachers and worksheets to use in class. You can let students write the stories in their own time, or you may want to set the writing of the story as homework.

The aim

The aim of the story writing competition is to give students an opportunity to engage with creative writing. Through the topic of ‘water’ the competition particularly encourages students to think about the different forms water can take, both in literature and in life.

Prizes for schools and pupils

Each school will have at least one overall winner who is put forward for our shortlist and individual submissions will be shortlisted separately.

Our Student Literacy Champions are available to help shortlist entries. A panel of experts, including authors and exciting local ambassadors, will choose a winner from our shortlist.

The top three winning Stories will be published on the Birmingham Stories and the University of Birmingham webpages and the overall winner will win an exclusive prize.


Key information

Deadline for submission of the story: Friday 5 November

Winners will be announced: December 2021

Story length: 500- 750 words

The competition is open to participants aged 9 to 14 years old (years 5 to 9)

The competition is open to individual and school submissions, but each writer can only take part once.

Please submit via the online submission form that will go live when entries open in September.

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