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Creative Writing Competition 2024

We are thrilled to announce our 5th annual Creative Writing Competition for children!

Competition Challenge:

In celebration of our new book, Imagine If: A Creative Diary for Children, and in collaboration with children’s author, Rachel Lawston, we have chosen a nature-themed challenge for children this year. The competition challenge is to write a story or recount based on the scenario:

Imagine if….You discovered a shed at the bottom of your garden which changed your life forever! 
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Please put the title, ‘The Shed’ so that we know you have followed the competition instructions.
Present your story handwritten or typed (size 14 font), and as neatly as possible on an A4 piece of paper – add illustrations around your writing if you can! Your story must be no longer than one A4 page (about 300 words).

The competition is open to all children from ages 7-13 (Years 3-8). All children around the world can enter, but entries must be written in English.

Competition Categories:


Group 1: 7-9 year olds (Years 3 and 4)
Group 2: 9-11 year olds (Years 5 and 6)
Group 3: 11-13 year olds (Years 7 and 8)

Certificates:

  • Children’s author and judge, Rachel Lawston, will read the winning poems, which we will share on our YouTube channel! We  also invite all those who enter to “Meet the Author”. See further details below.
  • Gold Certificates will be awarded to the top finalists from each category.
  • Silver Certificates will be awarded to the next top candidates from each category.
  • Bronze Certificates will be awarded to all other children who enter the competition, as they thoroughly deserve to be rewarded for their hard work!

How to Enter:

  • Please email the story as a PDF or image to info@brightlighteducation.co.uk.
  • We welcome entries by schools! Please consider sending the students’ work via WeTransfer to us.
  • Please state the age group category in the email (Group 1, 2 or 3).
  • Please ensure the story has a title.
  • Please ensure your child’s first name is on the story (or in the email).
  • The competition is open from February 1st 2024.
  • The deadline is February 29th 2024.
  • Winners will be announced March 14th 2024.

Terms and Conditions:

By entering the competition, you are agreeing to the following T&Cs:

  • The entry must be a fictional story based on the task.
  • It must be an original piece of work written independently by the child.
  • Stories cannot be written by more than one person. One entry per child allowed.
  • The child must not include their personal details within their story.
  • Entries must not include unsuitable material; entries must be suitable for a child audience.
  • The use of AI is strictly prohibited.

Judges:

The first round will be judged by a selection of creative writing specialists.

Welcome Rachel Lawston!

The final round will be judged by children’s author, Rachel Lawston. Rachel Lawston is the children’s author of the much-praised Finn’s Garden Friends, Mia Makes a Meadow, and Daisy and Jack’s Perfect Pond.

When she is not writing, Rachel designs and illustrates books. Growing up in the countryside gave her a deep connection to the environment, which she is passionate about sharing. Living in London now, she knows that there is a world of nature waiting for children – even in the town or city.

Meet the Author

On Sunday 24th March, from 10-11am, we will be holding an online Meet the Author event, in which students who entered the competition have the opportunity to meet Rachel and ask her questions. If you would like your child to attend, please complete the short form below:

Daisy and Jacks Perfect Pond
Finns Garden Friends
Mia Makes a Meadow

Imagine If: A Creative Diary for Children

 

Discover a diary that goes beyond the ordinary as it invites your child to infuse their weekly entries with creativity and excitement. With “Imagine if…” scenarios for each week, accompanied by Wonderful Words and Writing Tips, this diary sparks creativity, enhances writing skills, and nurtures confidence in storytelling.

Step into a world where your child’s  imagination takes the lead in documenting not just what happened, but what could have happened.

Available on Amazon for £6.99.

Imagine If: A Creative Diary for Children

2023 Winners

Click to see the winning entries from 2023!

Get In Touch

Telephone: +44 7774 102624

Email: info@brightlighteducation.co.uk

Hours: M-F: 9am – 5pm