5th annual Creative Writing Competition for children | free – February | Kids

They 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:

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)


  • 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 5 finalists from each category.
  • ‘Silver’ Certificates will be awarded to the next top 5 candidates from each category.
  • ‘Bronze’ Certificates will be awarded to all 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 28th 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.

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