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My Animal Diary |
Creative Writing Competition
| Ideal for 4-7

My Animal Diary Video

Exciting writing competition for 4-7 year olds all about animals!

Get pupils of all abilities writing with My Animal Diary!

Your pupils will love My Animal Diary! They can write a diary or recount, an imaginative adventure story, or simply a descriptive piece about an animal, so you can tailor the activity to your pupils' abilities. You could even link it to your class topic or book!

Check out the fun video which introduces the competition to your pupils. The planning sheet on the entry form can help them with ideas for their story, and there are loads more FREE resources available to download, so you can create an immersive writing lesson.

Why take part?

🐶 The opportunity to be published gives pupils a real purpose for their writing

🐸 Ready-made lesson plan and PowerPoint to teach pupils how to write a diary entry

🐯 Perfect for cross-curricular links 

🐰 Easy to adapt for differing abilities

🐷 Free bookmark and sticker for every entrant

🦁 Certificate of merit for those chosen for publication 

🐼 Free copy of the book your pupils feature in

🐵 Fantastic prizes!

Request as many entry forms as you need to get your whole class involved and we will post them out to you free of charge. Turn your pupils into roarsome writers today!

Closing Date: Friday 19th Apr 2024

We've worked with over 20,000 schools. Here's what some of them have to say...

We loved doing 'This Is Me' so it's great that you offer an opportunity for a younger age group too.

Z Everett, The London Acorn School
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Printed Resources

Save money on printing, let us know how many you'd like of the resources below, and we'll pop them in the post for you!

Teacher Information Card
Pupil Entry Form

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Parent Information Guide
Pupil Entry Form
Teacher Information Card
Pupil Word Doc Entry Form
Teacher Entry Form
Sequencing Activity
Idea Generator
Lesson Plan
PowerPoint PDF

Competition Rules

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

Closing Date: Friday 19th Apr 2024
  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!
  • Ask your pupils to write their story (or an adult can scribe/type it), ensuring their name, age and school name are included.
  • Work can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).
  • 250-word limit.
  • Writing can be in any prose style inspired by animals
  • UK entrants only.
  • Free to enter.
  • Open to 4-7 year-olds.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • Pupils' stories must be their own work! (Please note on the entry if there is anything we need to take into consideration when reading the work.)

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

For Schools

The school that submits the best overall set of entries will win the Young Writers Award of Excellence and a £100 National Book Token for their class.

PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their pupils feature in! (Remember, you receive 1 free copy for every 30 entries you submit! E.g. 1-30 entries you receive 1 copy, 31-60 entries you receive 2 copies, etc)

For Pupils

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


Every entrant receives a bookmark and sticker. We award a certificate of merit to all young writers chosen for publication.

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the Spring Term 2024. The prize will be sent in the following term. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ.)

Enter Online


Email your entries to [email protected]


Upload your entries

  Entrants type their entries online

Why not combine literacy and ICT by using the online writing portal? Entrants can type their work and you can submit them at the click of a button!

Writing Portal

Send by Freepost

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

Young Writers KS1
Remus House

We can't wait to read your pupils' animal diaries!

Jenni, Editor

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Young Writers KS1
Remus House

Closing Date: Friday 19th Apr 2024

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