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Creative Writing competition for 7-11 year olds

Let your pupils' imaginations run wild! They could tell us about an adventure their toy has had, its favourite day with its owner, how it was made or its hopes and dreams. Has the toy ever been lost or had an unexpected makeover?

What if a toy was sucked into a computer game, took revenge on or escaped from a bad owner?

From adventures and mayhem to mysteries and flashbacks, there are so many ideas to inspire a mini saga; a story told in just 100 words! Pupils can even draw their toy before they plan and write their mini saga. Challenging, fun and guaranteed to get your pupils excited to write, Toy Stories is ready to be used in your classroom today!

See what others think of Toy Stories…


  • Only one entry per pupil
  • Mini sagas can be written or typed
  • 100-word limit (not including the title)
  • Ensure that all pupils include their name, surname and age on the entry form

Don't forget to put your school name and postcode on the freepost sticker or the reverse of the envelope so we know who has sent the entries


For Schools

1st Prize - £1,000 + a trophy

2nd Prize - £500 + a trophy

3rd Prize - £250 + a trophy

For Pupils

Toys R Us

£100 Smyths Toy's Voucher

To each of our five favourite Summer Term 2018 writers!

Plus a bookmark and sticker for every entrant!

How To Enter

  • 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:

    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, you can upload your entries here



To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Poster, Lesson Plan, 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

What mischief can your pupils’ toys get up to at Easter time? Eat ALL of the Easter eggs? Go on an adventure with the Easter bunny? Ruin the Bank Holiday? Let your pupils be inspired by Easter and springtime!

Tip #2

Who will be telling the story? The child who owns the toy? Maybe another toy or even a pet could be telling us what has happened! Will your pupils decide to be the third person narrator? There’s lots of ways to make a story interesting and choosing how the story is narrated is one of them!

Tip #3

Ask pupils to imagine what naughty toys would get up to!

What if a computer game sucked them in and challenged them? What if an old, forgotten toy plays tricks on its owner? What if a toy didn’t like its makeover…>

There’s lots of fun to be had with toys’ revenge as a theme!

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Contact Us

Young Writers PS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

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