My Amazing Diary 2021 |
Creative Writing Competition

5-7 Years

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Inspire little learners with writing a diary entry based on a real or imaginary event!

Get writing today with My Amazing Diary...

Keeping a diary is a fantastic way to get younger pupils into a regular writing habit, which helps them become fluent and confident writers.

My Amazing Diary offers your pupils the opportunity to kick-start a diary writing habit! You could ask your pupils to keep a diary for the rest of this term, writing a recount of this experience at the end of term to enter. Alternatively, they could try their hand at writing about a day in the life of someone else, or even writing about an imaginary event.

From recounts to creative writing to an extended writing project, My Amazing Diary is here to help your pupils enjoy writing regardless of their ability. Let's get writing today!



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Rules

To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school.

  • 200-word limit.

  • Ask your pupils to write/type their entry, ensuring their name, age and school name are included.

  • Where possible, the school to send / upload / email all their pupils' entries to us.

  • Entries can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed.

  • Entries must be your pupils' own work.

  • Entries can be based on a real or imaginary event.

  • Independent entries are welcome - please use the independent entry form / use the 'parent' option on the competition page.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

1st Prize

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence and an awesome book bundle

2 x Runners-Up

A framed certificate and an awesome book bundle 

School winners will be chosen from entries received in the 2020/2021 academic year.

For Pupils

Our favourite 5 published young writers each win a creative writing goody bag!

Winners are chosen from entries received in the Summer Term 2021 and announced in the Autumn Term 2021. Goody bag contents may differ from photo.

PLUS

Every entrant receives a sticker and bookmark.
A certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication!

Online

Send your entries by uploading them:

Enter Now

Enter through our pupil writing portal:

Writing Portal

Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

By Post

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers KS1
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

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Tip #1

It's World Book Day on the 4th March, so there's no better time to inspire your younger pupils with writing a diary about their favourite book character!
 
Pupils could go on an imaginary adventure or recount their World Book Day celebrations!
 
It’s a fun way to introduce diary writing to younger pupils, they’ll have a blast!

Tip #2

Today is International Women's Day and it's Mother's Day on 14th March, why not inspire your pupils' to write diary entries that celebrate their mums or an important role model in their lives?

From siblings, grandparents, cousins and parents, to teachers, friends, or their idol, it's a great way to write a positive diary entry that's heartfelt and personal. 

Tip #3

On the 20th March, it’s World Storytelling Day, even though it's a Saturday use the event to let your pupils' imaginations run riot, what exciting adventures could they go on? They could recount their “best ever day” or write a diary about their favourite thing to do. There's so much fun to be had!

Tip #4

Inspire pupils to write their diary entries about their favourite traditional tale!

They could choose to be the big bad wolf or the gingerbread man. Perhaps they’d like to be knight or princess in their diaries! You could even inspire them with traditional tales from other cultures.

Tip #5

Why not get your pupils writing a diary from the perspective of a father figure? It could be their own father, a famous father from a book, or a parental figure they look up to.

What does the character they’ve chosen like? What do they do? Where would they go?

By letting your pupils choose their father figure it makes it easier for them to write from another perspective as they may know the person or character well.

Tip #6

Wednesday the 23rd is National Writing Day and this year’s theme is 'connections'.

Give your pupils a real challenge by asking them to write a diary entry based on connections, here are some ideas to get started

  • Who do you feel most connected to?
  • Which book do you connect with, could you be a character in the story?
  • Do you feel connected to a place? Maybe somewhere you’ve been on holiday

Tip #7

The Euros are well underway and to get with the spirit of things we have a sports-themed tip for My Amazing Diary!

Ask your pupils to write a diary about a favourite sportsperson. Your pupils can choose a sportsperson from any sport and write about them, or from their perspective. Your pupils could write about:

A big match their sportsperson played
A big tournament or competition the sports person was in
Their own sports or P.E. lessons
Their sporting hopes and dreams

Tip #8

Summer is coming!

With summer fast approaching, what are your pupils most looking forward to?

Ask your pupils to write as their future selves and write a diary about their summer activities. Use these points to help get the creativity flowing…

What are you most looking forward to?   ->   What did you enjoy most?

Where will you be visiting?   ->    Where did you go?

Who will you see or visit?   ->   Who did you meet?

Tip #9

What do pets get up to when you’re not around? What goes through a lion’s mind? Why are sloths so slow? Get your pupils to answer these questions in their next diary entry, an amazing animal adventure!

Get your pupils to step into the life of their favourite animal and write from their perspective. To get your pupils extra imaginative, why not make up a wacky animal? From a giant giraffe, a businessman crocodile or a fish who can fly, get your pupils to stretch their imaginations, then write about it!

Get In Touch

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FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers KS1
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

Email
[email protected]

Tel
(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 30th July 2021