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Commonwealth Class Children’s Short Story Writing Competition

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What images, emotions or memories come to mind when you think of the word ‘Peace’? Children around the world are invited to capture its meaning for this year’s Commonwealth Class Short Story Writing Competition. The competition offers a unique opportunity for students to become part of the Commonwealth’s rich storytelling heritage and to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes!

How to enter the competition 

Participants are invited to write a story set in their own country and can enter one of two age categories (7-10 year olds or 11-14 year olds). Students must adhere to the competition rules, which include eligibility criteria (see below) and submit their story via the online form.

The deadline for entries is 09:00 GMT on 2 January 2018 and winners will be notified by mid-February 2018.

Creative ways to approach the theme

How should students approach the theme of ‘Peace’ in their writing? They could go for a story that is personal, magical, funny or scary. The possibilities are simply endless. Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, Myra Zepf, offers up a wealth of suggestions to help inspire budding storytellers and get those creative juices flowing.

Writing tips for students

The former Children’s Laureate and multi-award winning British author Anne Fine shares her story writing tips – just what is needed to help inspire and motivate your students. From how to draw in the reader to finding the perfect words to tell a compelling story, she’s got all the essentials covered. 

Myra Zepf’s tips include advice for young writers on the benefits of daydreaming, bringing a fictional character to life and lots more.

For more on what makes a story stand out from the crowd, encourage your students to have a read of last year’s prize-winning stories.

Click here to apply.

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