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The Spook Squad (For 5-11 Year-Olds) |
Creative Writing Competition
| Ideal for ages 5-11

The Spook Squad (For 5-11 Year-Olds) Video

What lurks in your child's imagination...? Get them involved today in this ghost story writing competition for writers aged 5-11 years!

Get your child involved in writing a ghost story today...

A ghost story is such a popular style of creative writing that never goes out of fashion! We're inviting children aged 5-11 to write their own spook-tacular short story...

Budding writers could be inspired by a ghost, monster, vampire or creepy place such as a graveyard or an old house in the woods.

Enter your child into the competition and they could be published in a real book and receive a certificate.

There is 250-word limit, prizes up for grabs and it's free to enter... why not get your child inspired to write a short ghost story today?

If inspiration or writing tips are needed to help get the creative juices flowing, check out these blogs:

👻 Paul Westmoreland - 3 Top Tips To Write A Spooky Story Guest Blog

📓 Natasha Farrant - How To Find "THAT" One Idea To Start Writing A Story

✍️ Creative Writing Tips: How To Write A Story


 If you are aged 12-18, check out this Ghost Story Competition for your age group!

Closing Date: Tuesday 31st Dec 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
See more...

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Pupil Word Doc entry form
Independent Entrant Word Doc Entry Form
Teacher Entry Form

Competition Rules

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

Closing Date: Tuesday 31st Dec 2024
  • Free to enter.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Schools & independent entrants are welcome to take part.
  • 250-word limit.
  • Stories must be the writer's own, original work.
  • Pupil's name, age and full address must be included with their story.
  • Entrants in this category must be aged 5-11 years.
  • UK entrants only.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

    For Schools

    For Pupils

    Our favourite writer will receive a £25 National Book Token!

    Every entrant receives a bookmark and a certificate is awarded to all writers chosen for publication in the ghost story book.

    Participating schools receive a complimentary copy of the book their pupils feature in.

    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

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

    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

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    Get In Touch

    [email protected]

    01733 890066

    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

    Closing Date: Tuesday 31st Dec 2024

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