Write Christmas Writing Competition 2017

IT’S BACK.

THE ANNUAL WRITE CHRISTMAS COMPETITION IS NOW UNDERWAY!

 Fancy yourself as the next JK Rowling or William Wordsworth? Reckon you could pen the next Christmas Carol or Night Before Christmas? Put your writing skills to the test to win £1,500 for your school and a Christmas stocking filled with festive goodies!

 

We are inviting budding young writers from across the UK aged 4-11 to pen a new festive classic that uses winter or Christmas as the key theme. This could be in the form of either a short story or poem (no more than 200 words).

The competition will be judged by popular children’s author, Sam Hay. The very best 50 entries from across the UK will be published in a special free to download e-book, released this December.

What’s more, one overall winner will receive £1,500 for their school to spend on books or writing equipment, plus a Christmas stocking packed with festive treats worth £50 for themselves. Two runners up will each receive £250 for their school plus a goody bag for themselves.

 

So get your thinking Santa hat on, and get scribbling! Good luck!

Closing date for entries is 5pm Friday 17th November 2017.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

– The competition has three categories: 4-6, 7-9 and 10-11.

– There will be one overall winner across all categories. They will win a prize for their school (£1,500 towards books or writing materials) and a goody bag for themselves worth £50.

– Two runners up will each receive £250 for their school to spend on books or writing materials and a goody bag.

– In total, there is £2,000 up for grabs and a school can win more than one prize.

– The best 50 entries from across the categories will be selected to appear in the e-book.

 

HOW TO ENTER

– Poems and short stories (less than 200 words) must be entered by a caregiver, parent or teacher who can give permission for the story, name and age of the child to be included in the book and used in publicity.

– Entries must adhere to the competition terms and conditions which can be found HERE.

To enter, post your child or student’s short story or poem AND consent form (DOWNLOAD HERE) to:

  • Write Christmas 2017
  • Democracy PR Ltd
  • 62 Beech Road
  • Chorlton
  • Manchester
  • M21 9EG

 

Please include a named contact and a contact number. Ensure each entry is clearly labelled with the author’s name, age and school.

– The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

– Closing date for entries is 5pm Friday 17th November 2017.

 

Writers of the winning entries, plus those selected for the e-book, and their schools will be notified prior to 11th December 2017.

 

GET INSPIRED

Read Sam Hay’s short Christmas story, The Sweet-Treat Spies, here.

 

Schools

What you’ll need to take part:                                              

CONSENT FORM

Lesson plan: KS1 OR KS2

 

How to take part

– Challenge the children to write their stories or poems by 17th November 2017 (Don’t leave it to the last minute!)

– Collate all entries into one envelope and attach all consent forms (download copies HERE). Don’t forget to write their name, age and school within each submitted entry so that we can make sure the winning child/school gets the credit.

 

Help us to encourage entries

To encourage children’s participation, why not include details of the competition on your website and in newsletters to parents? By linking to the website www.cartridgesave.co.uk/writechristmas2017 they can get all the information they need to enter.

You could also share information about this competition on your school Facebook page or ask the PTA to share with their database via email, Facebook or Twitter.

 

Parents

Every child can enter*! Not only will one overall winner be awarded a £50 stocking packed full of goodies, but the winning child’s school will also benefit from a £1,500 prize to spend on books or writing materials.

Two runners up will each win £250 for their school, plus a goody bag for themselves.

 

All you need to do is submit an entry by posting it along with a CONSENT FORM to:

  • Write Christmas 2017
  • Democracy PR Ltd
  • 62 Beech Road
  • Chorlton
  • Manchester
  • M21 9EG

 

… before 5pm on 17th November 2017. Don’t forget to include your child’s name, age and school.

 

*Home schooled children are welcome to enter but unfortunately cannot be awarded monetary prizes as these must go to a school.