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The Big Story Challenge

Check out the winning stories from our Big Story Challenge, in association with ITV Signed Stories!

The winners were chosen by our brilliant judges: ITV’s Danny Murphy, The Quest for the Cockle Implant’s author Maya Wasserman and illustrator Lucy Rogers, and author Sarah Driver.

You can watch the three winning entries below. Each video includes British Sign Language (BSL) and captions.

The Ginger Ninja by Oliver Pack

8 to 11 age-group winner: Oliver Pack

Oliver's story is called 'Ginger Ninja'.

Our judges said: This is a really memorable story, which is funny, adventurous and entertaining. We think it would interest young people of all ages.

An Aid of a Difference by Freya Essex

12 to 14 age-group winner: Freya Essex

Freya's story is called 'An Aid of a Difference'.

Our judges said: This is a sweet and well-written story. The author added lots of interesting details, and the illustrations really bring it to life.

Wings of Sound by Irim Jameel

15 to 18 age-group winner: Irim Jameel

Irim's story is called 'Wings of Sound'.

Our judges said: Lots of deaf children and young people will relate to this well-written story. We especially liked the clever names chosen for the fairies!

Free resources for writing and drawing

Even though the competition is now closed, you can still use our free resources to try out some creative writing and illustration. Check out our parent guide and video series below.

Story-writing guide

We've created a special guide packed full of fun writing activities. Work through them with your child to give them everything they need to write or sign their own story.

Videos on story-writing and drawing

We asked author Sarah Driver and illustrator Lucy Rogers to share their top tips on story-writing and illustration. Watch the videos to find out how to:

  • Get ideas for your story
  • Hook your reader in
  • Design your main character

And much more!