Children's Story Competition
Calling all budding young writers! Enter our Children's Story Competition and win cash prizes with your amazing short stories.
Just send us your original and unpublished writing, in no more than 1000 words, using one of the five titles below:
- Mistaken Identity
- The Magician's Assistant
- Moonbeams and Stardust
- The Dragonfly Party
- The Secret Society of F.U.N.
You can even create your own title and write a story for it, or you can use a story you've written before that matches one of the above titles.
The delightful Calvin Innes from My Little Big Town Publishers is the judge of this exciting competition.
The best stories, in each of the four age categories, will win these top prizes, plus all the winners and runners up will see their work in print in our Children's Story Book.
The prizes are:
£150 1st Prize
£75 2nd Prize
£50 3rd Prize
Plus the school, college or youth club which submits the best overall entries receives a trophy and £200 worth of books.
The winning stories will feature alongside the winning drawings and sketches from the Young Illustrator's Competition in our Children's Story Book.
The entry fee is £6 per story and you can enter as many times as you like along with the correct entry fee for each story. All entries must be in English and can be either hand written or typed.
Here are the four age categories:
- 7 to 9 year olds
- 10 to 12 year olds
- 13 to 15 year olds
- 16 to 18 year olds
The last day for stories to be sent in to us is
Thursday 31 October 2013
All entries must include your contact details and story title(s) on a separate sheet. Your name must not appear anywhere on your story.
Send your story to us at Chapter One Promotions, Babel Studios, 82 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0AS before or on 31st October 2013.
Stories and payment can also be sent to us online. You will first need permission. Ask a parent or guardian to do this bit for you.
To pay online click the button below
Now, send your entry online by clicking here.
For schools, colleges or youth clubs, please click here to download the school's submission form. All group entries and payment must be sent to us by post only. Our postal address is Chapter One Promotions, Babel Studios, 82 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0AS.
The competition is open to schools, colleges, youth clubs and children in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Channel Isles. We also accept entries from individuals, including English Nationals living abroad, and English speakers residing within the Commonwealth and from around the world. If English is not your first language, and you would like to enter, then please note that all entries must be in English.
Submissions are also accepted from individuals who are home educated.
- Choose a story title that fires up your imagination;
- Plot out how the story begins, what happens in the middle and how your story will end;
- Now fill in the rest of the story using descriptive words and dialogue;
- Be expressive and create some interesting characters and intriguing situations for them to be in;
- Edit your story if you feel it is too long;
- When your story is completed, make sure it has no more than 1000 words;
- Always re-read your story before submitting to check for spelling mistakes;
- If you are writing your story by hand, make it as neat as possible and keep a copy.
- On a separate sheet tell us your name, address, e-mail address (if you have one), name of your school/college/youth club and your story title(s).
- Your name must not be on your story.
- You may enter as many times as you like as long as you include the correct entry fee with each story.
The last day to send your stories in by is Thursday 31 October 2013. All entries must be in before or on this date. If you would like to know if we have received your story, then please include a 2nd class stamped addressed postcard with your story title and name on it and we will sign it and send it back to you.
The winners will be announced on our website at the end of January 2014 and we will publish the winners, the top ten excellent stories and some really good ones in the Children's Story Book which you can purchase from us. Only the child's first name, age and town, city or country that they live in will be displayed on the website. For example: Sabrina, aged 12, South Africa.
If you would like a list of the winners, and of the winning school, then please send a 2nd class stamped addressed envelope marked, ‘Kid's Korner Children's Story Competition Winners 2013'.
Please send your entries and payment to Kid's Korner Children's Story Competition, Chapter One Promotions, Babel Studios, 82 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0AS, England. Please make your cheque or postal order out to Chapter One Promotions.
If you have any questions then you can call us on 0845 456 5364 or e-mail us with your query.
Read our competition guidelines for the rules for some additional information.
In the meantime we look forward to reading your stories.