Writing competition: My Twist on a Tale

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

A writing competition encouraging pupils to create tales based on their “everyday heroes” has been launched, with the winning entries set to be published in a book.

The My Twist on a Tale challenge is open to pupils aged four to 19 and offers a range of free downloadable resources for schools.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme could inspire pupils to write about key workers, heroes in their local communities, campaigners or family members, or even a hero from their imagination.

Winners from across the UK and across the different key stages will see their work published as a collection of short stories by the organisers Pearson.

To help children write their stories, Pearson is providing free access to a variety of downloadable stories and resources, including writing tips for primary and secondary students.

It is the second annual edition of the competition and last year saw more than 3,000 entries. The collection of winning short stories can be accessed online (https://bit.ly/3cnGp7A).

The competition is supported by the English Association, National Literacy Trust, and the School Library Association among others.

Entries will need to be submitted by November 27, when an expert judging panel will decide on the winning stories. In addition to written entries, audio entries will also be accepted for those with special access requirements.

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