The Great Copyright Hunt

Entries close 30 Sep 2020

Working in partnership with ALCS, this free competition is designed to explain how creative ideas are protected by copyright and challenges children and families to hunt down the famous copyright symbol © at home. All participants will be entered into our prize draw.

When a piece of work has the © symbol on it, then it means the work is protected by copyright. Your quest is to find the copyright symbol on different types of creative material in your home. Hunt down the famous copyright © on posters, books, newspapers, magazines, online and even on cereal boxes. Record your findings on your Great Copyright Hunt Collector’s Card and send them in to us to be entered into our prize draw.


Our Great Copyright Hunt resource pack includes:

  • An accessible introduction to what copyright means
  • Explanation of your task
  • Your Great Copyright Hunt Collector's Card
  • A certificate for when you've completed the challenge

What are the prizes?

First prize

  • For the winning child: £50 book token
  • For their school: an author virtual visit (to observe regulations for social distancing) and books worth £1,000

Second prize

  • For the child: £40 book token
  • For their school: books worth £500

Third prize

  • For the child: £40 book token
  • For their school: books worth £300

10 further runners up

  • Each child will be awarded a £20 book token

How to enter

The competition is open to children aged between 5 and 14.

Entries should be emailed to to reach us by 30 September 2020 (extended deadline).

You can submit your entry in a variety of ways, these include:

  • Downloading the Word file Collector's Card on this page, typing your findings, then emailing the card to us
  • Printing your Collector's Card from the competition pack or Word file to write on, or even copying the details on to a piece of paper. Once you have written down your findings, scan the card or use a phone to take a photograph of it, then email the image to us. Make sure the details can be read on the picture before you send it.
  • Entering the details directly into your email message

Make sure that you record all the details of your findings and your contact information.

Schools are welcome to collate entries and email entries batched together.

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You don't have to register your interest or have an existing membership of the National Literacy Trust to enter. You can just download the resources and get started!

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