My Twist on a Tale: run your own in-school writing competition!

Our popular story writing competition is back and this year, we are giving you everything you need to run your very own ‘just-for-fun’ competition within your school. This year’s theme is ‘Everyday heroes’ We’ve put together a pack containing everything you need to run your...

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Our popular story writing competition is back and this year, we are giving you everything you need to run your very own ‘just-for-fun’ competition within your school.

This year’s theme is ‘Everyday heroes’

We’ve put together a pack containing everything you need to run your competition with learners aged 4 to 19.

Given the extraordinary year our young people have faced, with disruptions to learning and home life, we have chosen Everyday Heroes as the competition theme and we hope it will encourage young people to let their imagination run wild as they think and write about the positive experiences that have influenced them.

Whether it’s a story about someone in their local community, a person making a difference, a family member or friend that inspires them or even a superhero from their imagination, you could encourage your children and young people to get creative and reflect their own personality, location and experiences in their tales. And who says the hero needs to be a human? It could be a story about an animal that comes to save the day!

Download your competition pack

We’ve put together this competition pack full of inspiring writing activities and lesson ideas for you to run your very own in-school competition and pick your favourite story and winner.

We’ve also created a digital certificate for you to to customise and give to all your learners who take part and one for your winner/s too!

You’ll find helpful guidelines for competition success in the pack including a suggested competition closing date of Friday 27 November 2020. You don’t have to stick to this of course, this is a competition for you to use in school when you want to!

If you do decide to choose your closing date as Friday 27 November 2020, you could send us a copy of your overall winner’s story by Friday 4 December 2020 and we may share our favourites in a future blog post. If you want to do this, email a copy of the story, the winning student’s name, age and your name and school to us at internationalschools@pearson.com. Please make sure the story text is typed into the email rather than attached as a handwritten image.

Free resources to inspire your writers

Tips for writers: KS1-2 (PDF | 2.97 MB)
Tips for writers: KS3-5 (PDF | 282.19 KB)

And below is a selection of our Bug Club titles to help inspire your children to write.

Bug Club Guided: Bright Sparks (PDF | 25.29 MB)
Bug Club Independent Dixie’s Pocket Zoo: Fight the Flames (PDF | 58.92 MB)
Bug Club Independent Dixie’s Pocket Zoo: Robber Run-around (PDF | 55.36 MB)

See last year’s winning stories

Last year, we put together a winners’ book so why not download the 2019 My Twist on a Tale winners book to read and share with your learners as inspiration for your own competition?

Download the competition pack

Download the customisable certificate

 

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