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My First Story 2017
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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



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

Instead of pupils writing a third person narrative account of what happened to Emma and Ben when they went through the magic door, ask them to be either Emma or Ben (or the dog!)

Can they re-tell the adventure through the character's eyes? Using a diary format, such as ‘Dear diary, today I walked Spot with Emma and you'll never guess what happened…'

Writing as the character can be much more inspiring as the children can imagine they are that person on the adventure! They can even change the characters' names if they want to!

Tip #2

Download our blank template in the section above.


Give your pupils one of the themes from the other storyboards…
•    Space
•    Magical
•    Superhero
•    Pirates
•    Jungle

And ask them to go through the magic door to one of these places – what will their imaginations create? If pupils do get stuck, whether that be on an ending or moving their story along, you can always use the themed storyboard image/ideas to give them a hand, should they need it!

Tip #3

What makes a good adventure story?

  • Action: something needs to happen make the story exciting from meeting a scary snake in the jungle, going to an ogre’s birthday party or walking the plank on a pirate’s ship, there’s lots of ideas to write about!
  • Engage the reader: ask pupils to ask their reader a question to draw them into the story
  • Punctuation: Using exclamation marks or question marks help make the story exciting
  • Cliffhanger Ending: Do Ben, Emma and the dog make it back through the magic door? Leave the reader on the edge of their seats!

Your pupils can use the planning sheets we’ve provided or write their own story up to 250 words!

Tip #4

Split your class into groups and give them the magic door story starter…

As a group pupils need to decide on their character, setting, and story. They should make notes as they go. Once ready, they can role play their short story to the rest of the class before writing their stories down.

Tip #5

Can your pupils tell their adventure using a diary format, such as ‘Dear diary, today I was out walking and you’ll never guess what happened…’

Writing as a diary can be much more inspiring as the children can imagine they are in the adventure! They can even write their diary as one of the characters from their story, if they want to

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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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For Young Writers entering independently (not via their school)

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For teachers to upload their pupils' submissions


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