Connecting Stories Doncaster Creative Writing Competition

Entries close 12 Mar 2021

Exciting news! Doncaster Stories are delighted to launch an exciting creative writing competition as part of the Connecting Stories project, with support from authors Cat Weldon and Bethan Woollvin.

We are inviting children aged 7-11 from Doncaster to create a piece of writing based on the theme ‘A Changing World’.

'A Changing World'

What does ‘A Changing World’ mean to you? Perhaps you’ll write about an event from long ago, share a vision for the future or reflect on how your world has changed over the past year.

You can choose any format you like – a story, a poem, news article or diary entry. You can include some illustrations too.

Everyone who enters the competition will receive a certificate and will have a chance to get their work published in an anthology and displayed in a local exhibition. There will also be additional prizes available including Waterstones book vouchers, backpacks full of books and ‘Reading Champions’ t-shirts, thanks to Doncaster Book Awards and Doncaster Rotary Club.

Winning entries will be chosen based on originality, imagination, relation to the theme and overall enjoyment.

My books are fantasy so I’m really excited about launching the writing competition ‘A Changing World’ which asks children to reimagine their world, or even conjure up a new one. They’ll be using their literacy skills to create a fresh bit of headspace in which they can lose themselves – a very powerful trick in times like these!

Cat Weldon

How to enter

Alternatively, you can email us at Don't forget to include your first name, the first letter of your surname, your age, and your school name.

Please make sure all email entries are sent via a parent or teachers email address.

Competition rules

  • The competition is open to children and young people aged 7-11, but entries from all primary year groups 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.
  • National Literacy Trust will only use the information provided for the purposes for which it was obtained and that we will never pass on personal information to any other organisations unless specific consent has been given.

Please download a competition booklet and click here to upload your entry.

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