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2021 - 2022 Writing Competitions

Academic Year 2021 - 2022

July  KS2 Writing Competition



Let's get inspired to write with history...

Which era or person will get creativity flowing?

Take the excitement of history and mix it with imagination to create ancient adventures!

Your pupils can pick any person, place or event from history to inspire their mini saga, a story told in just 100 words.


For more information please see:



May/ June 

This is Me Poetry 


Help your pupils explore their emotions & celebrate individuality...

With This Is Me, give every pupil the chance to shine!


Your pupils can explore who they are and it’s a great way to discuss emotions in a safe space. From writing about someone who inspires them to their dreams for the future or even an acrostic using their name or a word that describes them, there is so much to get your pupils to enjoy poetry writing.

There are a ton of free resources for you to download, including a handy parent info guide to explain how to take part, an engaging video, a fantastic lesson plan, an idea generator as well as example poems and video poem inspiration to help support your pupils to write their 'This Is Me' poems in any style.


For more information please see: 


Or the resources below. 


If you are bringing your story into school, please hand it to Miss Glover (Class 4G)  by the 25th May. 


The closing date for online entries is Friday 27th May 2022. 

March/ April 2022 

BONKERS MONSTERS KS2 Writing Competition


Young Writers are inviting you to create your own BONKERS MONSTERS mini saga. 


It’s time to create your monster!


What is a bonkers monster?

It means a monster that likes or is enthusiastic or excited about something or someone...


Your monster could:

- Be a sports super fan
- Have superpowers... good or bad!
- Really like doing tricks at the skate park
- Crash-land in the playground as can’t drive
- Be on a mission to save something or someone
- Love animals

What do you like doing? How wild can you imagination go?

Use the resources below to create your own bonkers monster.


If you are bringing your story into school, please hand it to Miss Glover (Class 4G)  by the 25th March. 


The closing date for online entries is Friday 1st April 2022. 


January/ February 2022

KS2 Writing Competition 

Young Writers invites you to write a poem for This Is Me and celebrate yourself in verse.


From acrostics using a word to describe yourself or an ode praising your favourite person or thing to free verse that allows you to express your current feelings, This Is Me empowers and engages pupils of all ages and abilities.


If you are handing entries into school please bring them in by Tuesday 8th February. If you are sending in your own entry please ensure it is sent by Friday 11th February. 

Below are the resources you will need to write your own `This is Me` poem. We can`t wait to read them. 


November/ December 

KS2 Adventure Hunters - adventure story 


A jungle trek, an erupting volcano, hidden ruins, a dark cave, an avalanche, a new planet, a shipwreck, a perilous quest... adventure stories are brilliant! They let the writer escape anywhere, create excitement, experience action and a bit of danger all via their imagination.

Can you use the 8 optional story starters and quest ideas to write your own adventure story? 


Below are the details and resources you will need to write your own story. You can either send off your story yourself on the website, or bring a copy in to Miss Glover in school by MONDAY 13th DECEMBER.


Happy writing!

September/ October 2021 

KS2 Writing `This is Me` Competition 


It’s National Poetry Day on 7th October 2021 and the theme is “Choices” – This Is Me complements this fantastic annual event as you can choose to empower yourself, and others, through your words.

Below are lots of resources to help you to write your own amazing `This is Me`poem. 

More information can be found on:


Please bring all entries into school by Friday 15th October 2021.

Academic Year 2020- 2021


March 2021

Trafford 500 Words KS2 writing competition

Calling all KS2 students. If you are in Years 3, 4, 5 or 6, why not take part in Trafford's exciting writing competition and try to win a chance to represent St Monica`s R.C. Primary School and other fabulous prizes!

The winner from the year 3,  year 4, year 5 and year 6 categories will each receive a Kindle. The school, of the overall winner, will receive £300, in vouchers, for the school library. There will be book vouchers for all commended submissions selected by the Tier 2 judges. Kamila Shamsie (author) will be presenting at the awards’ Ceremony. All commended winners will be published in an anthology. The child, as well as the school will receive a copy of this.


All entries must be up to 500 words. 


Please click on the power point below for more information about how to write your short 500 word story, and watch the video to help you with inspiration. 



This link will take you to an online teaching video to help you with your writing:

May 2021

Young Writers

The purrfect poetry writing activity for 7-11 year-olds!

Peculiar Pets is about to take your young writer on an adventure that’s creative, exciting and lets their imagination run wild!

What would your young writer’s perfect peculiar pet be? An acrobatic bunny? A tech savvy puppy? A vegan crocodile? A giraffe that likes to race? A superhero cat?

Your young writer can create an animal mash-up, be inspired by their perfect pet or make their own awesome animal to write their poem about. It’s a great theme for sense, narrative or riddle poems as well as acrostics and rhymes. It also showcases poetic techniques such as imagery and alliteration.

It’s a roarsome poetry writing activity you and your young writer will love!

If you haven't got a printer, don't panic! Your young writer can draw their picture, write their poem out and send us a photo, or type it up and email it over instead.

You can either send off your own entry through using the details on the website link above/ upload online or you can bring them into school by Monday 24th May and I will send them for you ( Miss Glover).

The closing date for online entries is Friday 28th May 2021.

Happy writing!

EYFS and KS1 Writing competitions


EYFS My First Riddle 

Get imaginations fired up in no time!

This fun competition encourages younger pupils to use their senses and imagination to create their own original riddle. Your child can write their riddle on any theme, from their favourite book to people, places or animals.

If your child is creative they don't have to use a template, they can write their own freestyle riddle poem! There are also 5 templates to choose from, should you prefer to give your young writer one of these.



KS1 Poetry Safari 

Get writing today with Poetry Safari...

Poetry Safari lets you take your young writer anywhere... from the savannah, the Arctic or Jurassic times to the school field or a zoo. Have a writing adventure where acrostics, riddle or sense poems help your child use imagery and build vocabulary too!

It’s easy to link in with a favourite book, or let your child be inspired by a pet, animal or creature they love... or are even scared of!


Spring 2021- 


The 500 Words initiative was created by Chris Evans and first launched in 2011, celebrating its 10thanniversary in June this year and boasting an extraordinary legacy with over one million entries submitted to date. The most recent competition was turned around in less than four weeks with the backing of Virgin Radio, many of the UK’s leading publishing houses, Amazon Alexa, and WHSmith, alongside a whole host of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sport, music and more.

With ongoing support from Oxford University Press, The Reading Agency, Parents and Teachers, the future of 500 Words is bright, and we look forward to setting a new theme for the competition in 2021. We are excited to continue to provide a creative platform to hear children’s voices.

Make sure you look out for the new edition of the competition, announced in Spring 2021.

Writing Competitions

If writing competitions are for you, why not keep up to date with the most current writing competitions? 

Please click on the link below, which will take you to `The School Reading List`where you will find lists of current writing competitions and how you can take part.