Write your own seasonal story!

Hastings writing competition

Write your own seasonal story in 300 words or less for the chance to win prizes!

We want children in Hastings to get creative this Christmas and write their own festive story set in their home town.

The competition is open to Hastings and St Leonards school children in Years 3-6. Pupils will be in with the chance to win signed books, signed illustrations and more book-themed goodies for themselves, plus book bundles and merchandise for their school library, all provided by Bloomsbury.

Download the competition sheet and get writing!

Tips on writing your short story

1 - Get inspired!

Are you stuck for ideas? Inspiration can be found all around you!

  • Have a look in local newspapers or get out about in Hastings with your family - can you see places to set scenes in your story?
  • Check out Christmas decorations at home and around the town - do the characters and symbols spark any ideas?
  • Take inspiration from things you're about learning at school, or things you chat about with your friends and family!

2 - Who is in your story?

Your story needs unforgettable characters to make it come to life!

  • Think about who you want your main character to be. What is their name? What are they like? Write down three adjectives to describe them
  • Who else is in your story? A villain? A Christmas character? An object that comes to life?

3 - What happens?

Turn your inspiring ideas and incredible characters into the perfect plot. You could do a spider diagram, write some notes or draw a story board to plan out your story.

  • How does your story begin? Is your character thrown in to the action? Do they meet someone surprising?
  • Think about the middle of your story. Is your character faced with a problem or challenge? What happens?
  • How will it end? How is the problem solved? Do your characters have to do something scary or funny to fix the problem?


*Terms and conditions apply. Only pupils in Hastings schools in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 can enter the competition. Competition closes 23 December 2019. One winner and one runner up will be chosen from Year 3-4, and one winner and one runner up will be chosen from Year 5-6. No more than one entry per child.

The shortlist will be judged by Hannah Rolls, Editorial Director of Children's Education at Bloomsbury.

Teachers or parents should email entries to Hastings@literacytrust.org.uk or post them to The Hastings Team, National Literacy Trust, 68 South Lambeth Road, London Sw8 1RL by 23 December 2019.