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Creative Writing Competition For 5-7 Year-Olds

Broaden your pupils' writing skills with My First Story's inspiring and fun storyboards. What adventures will your pupils discover through the magic door?

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

  • Stories can be on the templated entry form or separate sheets

  • Stories must be your pupils' own work

  • Ensure that all pupils include their name, surname and age on their entries

  • Entries must be no longer that 250 words

Closing date is 21st December 2016


For Schools

1st Prize – £500

2nd Prize – £250

3rd Prize – £100 worth of books for your school

For Pupils

The best writer in each book will receive a special edition notepad and pencil!

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

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How To Enter

  • Use the fun video to introduce the activity to your pupils! You can view this here or at the top of the page

  • Give each child a storyboard and ask them to complete the story by looking at the pictures and telling the story in their own words. Alternatively they can write their own story using the blank template.

  • Please ensure all pupils include their their name, surname and age on the entry form

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

  • Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
    Young Writers KS1
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, you can upload poems to Online Entries. If you have images of the storyboards rather than PDFs, please note you'll need to email the images to


To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Sequencing Activity, Storyboards, resources, and more…please fill in the short form below. All download links will appear once the form is sent and the links will also be emailed to you.



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Writing Tips

Tip #1

The sheet contains a selection of words for each storyboard, which will help pupils with vocabulary and spelling!

Download the Key Words Sheet in the download section above! 

Tip #2

Download our sequencing activity in the section above!

Follow the instructions, for a fun activity that involves team work, communication and of course, sequencing!

Tip #3

Try one of these brilliant ideas to inspire pupils to create their own short story…

  • The Christmas Play Disaster – pupils can try writing a funny tale
  • Hibernating / Migrating animals – share the journey, create an animal adventure
  • Traditional Tales – give a classic fairy tale a twist or mix the stories up
  • Christmas Magic – inspire pupils with this magical time of year!
  • Diary of a … - write a diary entry from anyone or anything!
  • Myths and Legends – a great theme for fantastic adventure stories

Download our blank template so your pupils can create their own brilliant story! This is available in the Downloads section above.

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 readers.

Ask pupils to consider 5 key points in their story: who, what, why, when and where. This makes them think about what will happen further into the story rather than getting absorbed into their idea and forgetting about the planning!

With our story worksheets, pupils can consider the 5 key points in each picture to help them move their story plot along too.

Download our 5 Ws Help Sheet in the above Downloads section  so your pupils can easily plan their story.

Tip #5

Our Christmas storyboard is the perfect way to end this term! Get pupils’ imaginations fired up with the magic of Christmas – how will they interpret the pictures and what wonderful ideas will they come up with? We can’t wait to see!

Download the Christmas Storyboard in the section above or give us a call or email to request more!

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Contact Us

Young Writers KS1
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

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