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22/04/2016 :-


Details of two writing competitions have been added to the Community Writing Pages. Some classes will be working on entries for both but children can also enter direct. Why not take a look and encourage your child to have a go? We have been very successful in recent writing competitions and we’re hoping for more of the same!

Below are the current competitions you can participate in and some additional information

Share a Story

Now in it’s 7th year, CITV’s Share a Story is a creative writing and drawing competition which gives kids a chance to let their imagination loose!
This year we are delighted to announce, Children’s Author and Poet, Michael Rosen, is our Share a Story ambassador! Winners will be given a once in a life-time opportunity to work with Michael to develop their stories in a special writing workshop in London.
Our winners will also work with, Voice Over Actor, Marc Silk, to create the voices for their characters! The winning stories will then be made into a 1 minute animation which will be shown on the CITV channel!
AND If that wasn’t enough, our winners and their families will be invited to a special premiere event in Manchester! Where they’ll see their stories on the big screen for the first time! Take a look at our 2015 Screening!

How to Enter
To enter Share a Story 2016 you must be between the ages of 5 and 12 at the time of the competition closing date which is 6 pm on Friday 29th April 2016!
The only way of entering is by using the entry forms provided

Share a Story 2016 has four age categories:
5 to 6 Year olds
7 to 8 Year olds
9 to 10 Year olds
11 to 12 Year olds
This year, there will be 1 winner and 2 runners up in each age category

Entries will be judged based on but not limited to:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • How engaging your idea is.
  • How well it can be adapted to a 1 minute animation.

Your entry forms must be hand drawn and you must be a UK Resident (inc Channel Islands)

All storyboard boxes and story writing areas must be filled in!

We can NOT accept group entries and you are limited to 1 entry per person!
In the event of more than one entry is submitted, only your first entry will be considered.

Your story must NOT contain any of the following:
Your story MUST be 100% your own! You must NOT copy anyone else’s work.
All contact details must be present!

Please note: We can NOT return Share a Story 2016 entries.
You must be available on the following dates:
Wednesday 13th July 2016 in London.
Week commencing 10th October 2016 in Manchester.
The Parent/Guardian consent form MUST be filled in and submitted with the story entry! We can NOT accept any other type of written consent.

A teacher can NOT give permission on behalf of a Parent/ Guardian.
Grandparents can NOT give permission on behalf of a Parent/ Guardian.
We must receive your Share a Story entry before 6pm on Friday 29th April 2016!

Here’s the Entry Form for quick access

Share a Story Entry Form 2016.pdf

Silent Night Writing Competition

On-line or Postal Entry

Our short story competition is open to all 6-12 year olds and will be judged by renowned children’s author and former Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine OBE. The lucky winner will also receive a brand new Silentnight bed, £1,000 worth of books for their school and a giant Hippo and Duck cuddly toy.

You can submit between 250 and 500 words online here or via post using the downloadable entry form. All submissions should feature our loveable Silentnight mascots, Hippo and Duck.

What’s more, the winner of this exciting and prestigious writing competition will be presented with their printed book at a very special celebration ceremony at their school hosted by author Anne.

Entries close on Friday 20th May so get your pencils at the ready.

To get children thinking creatively about their story we have created some fun learning resources that children can use to develop their characters and stories. Download: What are hippo & duck like? and Where are hippo & duck? to help children develop their stories even more.

For postal entries, please download the entry form here and send this along with your story to
Sleepy Stories
Silentnight Group
Long Ing Business Park
Long Ing Lane
BB18 6BJ

Here’s the Entry Form for quick access

Silent Night Postal Entry Form.pdf