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CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION FOR 7-11 YEAR-OLDS

Inspire pupils to get creative with Crazy Creatures! It's guaranteed to get pupils' imaginations running wild and eager to get writing about their creations!

What are you waiting for, let Crazy Creatures into your classroom today!


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Crazy Creatures

Rules

  • Only one entry per pupil

  • Each pupil needs to create a crazy creature and write a mini saga inspired by it

  • A mini saga is a story written in up to 100 words, and must have a beginning, middle and an end

  • Ensure that all pupils include their name, surname and age on the pupil entry form

Closing date is 21st December 2016

Prizes

For Schools

1st Prize – £1,000

2nd Prize – £500

3rd Prize – £250

For Pupils

The 10 best writers will each win a fantastic Crazy Creatures Goodie Bag!

Every entrant will receive a bookmark and sticker! Pupils selected for publication will also receive a certificate!

Crazy Creatures Pupil Prizes
Crazy Creatures

How To Enter

  • Ask pupils to write their mini saga, ensuring their name, surname and age are included on the entry form

  • If you are in need of more entry forms, please go to Downloads / Resources Request

  • Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
    FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    Peterborough
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, you can upload poems to Online Entries

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Writing Tips

Tip #1

There’s lots of things your pupils could describe when creating their crazy creature… What does it look like? Where does it live? Does it have a power or talent? Does it have family or friends? What does it eat… and so on! It’s hard not to get bogged in detail!

Show pupils the Crazy Creatures video! It introduces 4 creatures we’ve created, along with key traits and shows you their back story, which will help pupils get an idea of where to start! We were inspired to present our Crazy Creatures like Top Trump cards, what will inspire your pupils?

Tip #2

From Pikachu and Beedrill to Manchop and Haunter, Pokémon have great names, great skills and are great fun!

Pupils can be inspired by their favourite Pokémon – how would they evolve? What new skills or tricks could their Pokémon do? What type of Pokémon would it be… fairy, water, rock or something entirely new?

Pupils can then name their Pokémon and hey presto a crazy creature has been invented! Plus the fun of writing their creation’ story is yet to come! You could even create your own class Pokédex for display, showcasing your pupil’s hard work for all to admire.

Tip #3

Suggest pupils create their creature and write their story based on a genre. E.g. you could have a monster in a ghost story, a magical creature in a fairy tale, a weird an wonderful alien in a sci-fi story or even a creature based on your history topic – perhaps inspired by ancient gods in a historical adventure!

We can’t wait to see what inspires your pupils’ mini sagas!

Tip #4

Planning a story and keeping the plot on track so the story has a beginning, middle and end is so important – spending lots of time writing an amazing story with lots of detail and adventure is all very well and good, but if it doesn’t make sense it’s disappointing for both the writer and the readers.

Ask pupils to utilise their knowledge of story mountains to plan their story when filling in the planning sheet:

  • The opening – introduce the setting and character(s) – could even start with ‘Once Upon a Time’
  • Build the story up – what event happens to keep the reader wanting to know more?
  • What problem or dilemma happens and how will the writer find a solution?
  • Resolution – how is the problem solved?
  • The ending – do they all live happily ever after? Is it a cliff-hanger ending? Or something else…

Once pupils have checked to ensure their plot draft has a beginning, a middle and an end they can then crack on with writing their fantastic mini saga!

Don't forget to download our fun-tastic Crazy Creatures Story Mountain Help Sheet in the Downloads section on this page!

Planning a story and keeping the plot on track so the story has a beginning, middle and end is so important – spending lots of time writing an amazing story with lots of detail and adventure is all very well and good, but if it doesn’t make sense it’s disappointing for both the writer and the readers.

Ask pupils to utilise their knowledge of story mountains to plan their story when filling in the planning sheet:

  • The opening – introduce the setting and character(s) – could even start with ‘Once Upon a Time’
  • Build the story up – what event happens to keep the reader wanting to know more?
  • What problem or dilemma happens and how will the writer find a solution?
  • Resolution – how is the problem solved?
  • The ending – do they all live happily ever after? Is it a cliff-hanger ending? Or something else…

Once pupils have checked to ensure their plot draft has a beginning, a middle and an end they can then crack on with writing their fantastic mini saga!

Don't forget to download our fun-tastic Crazy Creatures Story Mountain Help Sheet in the Downloads section on this page!

Tip #5

Create a Christmas-inspire Crazy Creature! What fun, festive features can your pupils their creation… a huge man-eating mince pie? A reindeer with gadget antler and rocket hooves? An awesome Christmas tree that’s not only a master of disguise but a present thief…

What brrrilliant adventures could the crazy Christmas creatures go on? Will they save or ruin Christmas? How is Christmas celebrated in their creature’s land, or do they celebrate something or someone else?

Just when we thought Christmas couldn’t be any more exciting, we now cannot wait to see who uses this tip and what wonderful creatures we’ll get to read about! 

 


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

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524
Email: info@youngwriters.co.uk

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