Hi everyone, and welcome to Wonderful Writers - our creative writing competition run in partnership with Wirral Libraries.
There are two competitions, one for children aged between 7-8 years and other one for children aged 9-11 years. All entrants must live in Wirral.
This competition is open between 24th July to 9 September 2023.
We will award prizes to the writers of the first, second and third best story. First prize winners will receive a £25 book voucher. Second and Third prize winners will receive a £10 book voucher. We will also award commendation certificates to the winners and everyone else who writes a good story and also send a copy to school as well.
Stories will be displayed in local libraries and online and there will be a special storytelling event for all writers to attend and have the chance to read out their story.
There is no particular theme for this competition and you can pen a story in your favourite genre such as action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, magical realism - it's up to you.
We only ask that stories are no longer than 1000 words.
The most important thing we are looking for is for your story to be as creative and amazing as possible. We really love reading imaginative stories.
Make sure your story has a great start, middle and ending to it.
At the start introduce where you story begins, can you describe this? We want to be transported from our office and land directly in your story so tell us what we can see, hear, smell, taste and feel.
Bring in your main character, are they the goodie? Perhaps you want them to be the baddie? We don’t mind. We do want you to describe them though. We want to close our eyes and imagine what your character looks like. Do they have a name? What are they like? Are they playful, brave, scary, scared, naughty or clever?
Now we want to read about what happens to them. There has to be some sort of problem for the main character to overcome. Stories can be fun or sad but must be interesting. imaginative and exciting.
Lastly, we want there to be an ending. Have you learnt something, about yourself or others?
Personally, and I am one of the judges by the way, I like stories that make me think rather than ones where people just fight each other. I do like a moral at the end of a story, just like in a fairy tale. An example could be do not be rude to people or do not always listen to what people tell you. Could there be a moral in your story?
You can stick some dialogue into your story if you want. Remember to mention how your characters talk by the way. Rather than,
“I am Lord Cosmic Charlie the Courageous,” said Charlie.
Have it a bit more like this,
“I am Lord Cosmic Charlie the Courageous,” boomed the grey bearded fool.
With all stories your reader will want to know how your character and, perhaps, the others, feels about things during the story. Are they sad and unhappy at the start, scared in the middle and hilariously happy at the end?
When you have finished your story, we want you to read through it and make sure you are happy with it. Perhaps let someone else read it and let them tell you what they think about it. Did they like it, did they understand what was going on, could they close their eyes and imagine that they were there?
Please also check that you have spelt everything correctly and, if you can, punctuate the story as much as you can. It’s always nice to have commas’ and full stops to let your reader have a breather. Using paragraphs is also a good idea as is the use of capital letters, speech bubbles and so on.
Check too that you are using really good adjectives to describe everything and verbs to describe what your characters are doing and adverbs to show how they are doing it.
Lastly, don’t forget to give it a really catchy title.
Just before I go, remember a story should be about getting what is in your imagination down onto your computer or on paper. Take your time and make sure you have written it all. Don’t worry about not writing 1000 words too. Think quality over quantity.
Please make sure your parents, guardian or carer read our rules below before you submit your story.
If you have any queries, then ask your parent, guardian or carer to contact me on email@example.com.
To submit a story you need your parent, guardian or carer to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget the deadline and best of luck.