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Our children's book competition

Photo: 7-11 year olds can enter our new book competition

Our children's book competition has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered, we can't wait to reveal the winner later this year.

Is your child 7-11 years old? Do they love reading and have a great idea for a story? Then, they should enter our brand new book competition! 

Your child’s mission:

To write a 200–800 word story which includes a deaf character/s.

The winner will get the chance to work with talented author of The Huntress trilogy, Sarah Driver, to turn their story into a real-life book which we will then publish!

A runner-up will win £150 in book tokens for their school.

Enter now

Your story could also be read by our amazing head judge, author of The Gruffalo and Freddie and the Fairy, Julia Donaldson.

Julia Donaldson

The judges will be looking for: an original story with a clear beginning,
middle and end and interesting characters.

The closing date is April 30 2019 so may sure you get all entries in before then!

Sarah Driver's top tips

Sarah Driver

Top author Sarah Driver has some tips to help you get started:

  • Picture yourself stepping into a bookshop, you pick up a book telling the most exciting story ever, giving you goosebumps. What would that story be like? How would you tell it?
  • Let your imagination run wild! Stuck on ideas? Try daydreaming to help ideas come to you.
  • Be the boss of the words, don’t let them be the boss of you. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar, you won’t be judged on that! Remember you can always change it later, like professional authors do. When you’re telling your story, relax and have fun. If you have fun, so will your readers!

Are you a parent?

We've produced a brilliant parent's guide, with help from the National Literacy Trust, to help you support your child in writing their entry. Packed full of tips and activities, you can spend a couple of creative hours with your child helping them to come up with a main character, setting and plot for their story. You can download it here. 

Are you a teacher or education professional?

We’ve produced a brilliant teacher’s guide, with help from the National Literacy Trust, which contains ideas for fun sessions and activities you can do with your pupils to help them produce their story. You can take an hour, a whole day, create a series of lessons or extend to a whole unit of work if you’d like. Download our guide here.

You can also download a poster we've created for you to print, pin up and advertise the competition in your school. Download it here.