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2016 Young Writers Competition Now Open for Schools

Roald Dahl booksMarvellous Mischief 5+

This year Young Writers were encouraged to write about Marvellous Mischief to celebrate the 100th anniversary since Roald Dahl's birth.

Three age categories (Years 1&2, Years 3&4 and Years 5&6)

In 2016's competition 43 schools (33 primary and 10 secondary) took part and winners will be awarded at a prize giving event with Caroline Lawrence.

In 2015, an estimated 4,000 students entered and 36 schools had their work published in the Young Writers Competition anthology.

shakespeareRivals or Mistaken Identity 11+

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, this year the Young Writers’ Competition were looking for some deception and conflict. By using a well known rivalry or creating an entirely new one, there is a world of conflict to be explored. What would happen if another sailor fought Ferdinand for Miranda’s affection in The Tempest? The alternative theme was mistaken identity. From Viola being confused for her brother in Twelfth Night to Hamlet’s accidental murder of Polonius, the theme of identity can be used for a range of stories.

Three age catagories (Years 7,8&9, Years 10&11, Years 12&13)

The judging panel for all age groups includes:
Ruth Knowles, Publisher at Random House Children’s books, Ariel Kahn, Lecturer at University of Roehampton, Jennifer Cox, Journalist and Writer, Gemma Malley, Author, David Steedman, University of Roehampton, Margaret Reeve, Teacher & Educationalist.

Please note this is for Merton Schools only. The Short Story Competition open to all, will be launched later in the spring.

Merton Schools are asked to email: for further information

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