Connecting Stories Manchester Creative Writing Competition

Entries close 12 Mar 2021
Connecting Stories Manchester

Exciting news! Read Manchester are delighted to launch an exciting creative writing competition as part of the Connecting Stories project, with support from authors David Baddiel and Louisa Reid.

We are inviting children aged 7-14 from Manchester to create a piece of writing based on the theme ‘Local Heroes’.

'Local Heroes'

Using the local area as the setting, we would like you to write a creative piece about a day in the life of a hero where you live.

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

Hero: a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

What does this mean to you?

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 book prizes for the winning entries.

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

How to enter

Alternatively, you can email us at or 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 aged 7-11 and young people aged 11-14 but entries from all primary and secondary 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.
  • 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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