Connecting Stories Stoke-on-Trent Creative Writing Competition

Entries close 12 Mar 2021

Exciting news! Stoke Reads are delighted to launch an exciting creative writing competition as part of the Connecting Stories project, with support from author Anna James.

We are inviting children aged 7-11 from Stoke-on-Trent to create a piece of writing based on the theme ‘City of Kindness’.

'City of Kindness'

Did you know that Stoke-on-Trent was voted as the UK’s kindest city for carrying out acts of kindness in 2020?* Tell us about an act of kindness you’ve witnessed happening around you - this could be a real life example or imagined.

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.

I am delighted to be part of Connecting Stories. Working as a school librarian for five years showed me the transformative effect reading can have on a child’s confidence, improving their chances across their life. I hope this project helps lots of Stoke-on-Trent children fall in love with a literary world that will stay with them forever.

Anna James

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 young people aged 7-11, but entries from all primary 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.

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

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