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Library Competitions


What Are You Reading? Competition

We want to know what you're currently reading at home! Tell us by email or tweet us at @LaRetraiteSW12 and you will be entered into a competition to win a prize!

Connell Guides Short Story Prize 2020

Deadline - Wednesday 27 May 2020

The competition is open to all current Year 10-13 students. 

Write a short story (under 1000 words) with an unexpected ending. The setting and genre are entirely for you to decide. It can be comic or tragic, period or sci-fi – just make sure it’s under 1000 words. The judges, presided over by William Boyd and who will personally choose the winners, will be looking for the following:

  • An entertaining, enjoyable narrative
  • A convincing setting
  • Believable characters
  • An unexpected ending

For more information, please visit the Connell Guides website by clicking here.

Anne Frank Creative Writing Awards

Deadline - Tuesday 30 June 2020

To take part you must be aged between 10 and 15. Your piece of writing can be factual or make-believe, about yourself or about other people or events.

We will be sharing lots of the entries on our social media challenges, and choosing many for a virtual gallery on our website. Every entry will receive individual written feedback and a certificate of participation. We are aiming to get these two you within two weeks of receiving your work.

Plus…you might win an award! The judges for the Anne Frank Creative Writing Awards are the award-winning poet Anthony Anaxagorou and the Booker Prize-winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo.

Entries will be judged on creativity and quality of writing, on the originality of your take on Anne Frank and on the strength of your anti-prejudice message. Your message and the link you make with Anne can be either explicit or implied.

For more information, visit the Anne Frank Trust UK website by clicking here.

LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize Competition

Deadline - Friday 17 July 2020

The competition is looking for original poems focussed on your poet’s interpretation of Vision. 

The winning poet will win a visit to their school from National Poetry Day ambassador and award-winning poet Joshua Seigal - and £250 of books for their school. Both Winner and Runner Up will also receive a trophy and certificate, a batch of beautiful poetry books thanks to publisher Bloomsbury Kids and an annual subscription to the gorgeous children’s magazine Scoop.

The winning and commended poems will also be published on the LoveReading4Kids and LoveReading4Schools websites.

For more information, please visit the LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize website by clicking here.


Generation Lockdown Writing Competition

Deadline - Friday 17 July 2020

This is your opportunity to write about your experience. Until midnight on Friday the 17th of July, you can submit a piece of writing about what life has been like in lockdown and during the coronavirus.

This could be a personal experience, a poem, or a creative story. All of you will have had a unique experience that is only yours, and only you can capture in words.

Your entry should be 700 words or under and you should submit in your age category.

Your work will then be read by a published author, who will then pick out the five best entries from your age group. These entries will then be included in a book published by John Catt Educational called ‘Generation Lockdown Writes.’

There will also be a range of other prizes for the winning entries, and a special celebratory book launch where you will have the opportunity to meet the authors.

All the money raised from the book will go to The BookTrust charity. This is an amazing charity which supports families and young people all over the UK to get involved in reading. We are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for them through the sales of the book.

For more information, visit the Generation Lockdown Writing Competition website by clicking here.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020

Deadline - Friday 31 July 2020

The biggest poetry competition for young writers is once again looking for the best poems by young people aged 11-17 from the UK and beyond. This year’s award-winning poet judges – Maura Dooley and Keith Jarrett – cannot wait to read students’ work and perhaps even spend a week writing poetry with them at the prize winners’ writing retreat.

The competition welcomes poems on any theme and any length. It is completely free to enter for anyone aged 11-17 in the world. Poems must be in English, British Sign Language or Braille (do contact us if you have queries regarding any BSL and Braille entries).

Winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books. The Poetry Society also continues to support winners’ development with performance, publication and internship opportunities.

For more information, please visit the Poetry Society's website by clicking here.

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