Entries for this competition are now closed.
Judging is underway with winners to be announced shortly! Winning entries will be published in an anthology and displayed in an exhibition in partnership with a cultural venue in Birmingham.
You can continue to download the competition resources to use.
'The Stories of Our City'
Children and young people in Birmingham recently took part in a creative writing competition based on the theme ‘The Stories of Our City’. We asked entrants to use the people, places and spaces in Birmingham as a setting for their creative pieces.
Author Sathnam Sanghera gave entrants advice and encouragement in a special video.
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- The competition is open to young people aged 11-14, but entries from all secondary school pupils will be considered for the exhibition.
- The closing date for submission is Friday 12th March 2021. Winners will be announced at the beginning of April.
- Entries should be one page of A4 or 500 words maximum and written in English. Entries may be typed or handwritten.
- The piece of creative writing must be an original piece of work and be wholly written by the entrant. It must reflect the theme of the competition as stated in the competition challenge. The writing must be single-authored.
- Entries must not contain obscene, defamatory, offensive or otherwise unsuitable material. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify such entries.
- A team of community partners and National Literacy Trust staff will shortlist entries and winners will be chosen by our panel of experts.
- On submission, parents/guardians will be asked to grant permission to enter. They will be asked for consent to publish the entrant’s writing online or in print form, or display physical entries in public spaces.
- Teachers submitting on behalf of their pupils must obtain permission from parents/ guardians prior to submission. As a teacher, by entering your pupils’ work into this competition you are confirming that written parental consent has been sought and confirmed in advance of the submission. National Literacy Trust will not be held liable in the instance that consent has not been sought.