Be imaginative - be brilliant - be yourself
We want to inspire you to reflect upon this year in a creative and positive way. Use your experiences of this very unusual year to create a short story, either fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a piece of art that will help you look back and reflect upon 2020 and all that has happened.
If your work makes it into the final shortlist, it will be published in a book that will be available online and through select bookstores as well as stored in the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, the Bodleian Library (University of Oxford) and Cambridge University Library.
At least £2 of every copy sold will be given to charities that help fight childhood hunger in the UK and organisations that are devoted to the rewilding the UK. Any further profits from the sale of the book will also be split between the charities and organisations selected.
If your work isn’t shortlisted to be published, we hope that this competition will inspire you to carry on creating, giving you a memoir to look back on later and, hopefully, begin a journey of creative expression to last you for the rest of your life.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for short stories (under 900 words) of fiction or non-fiction, poems (under 600 words and under 45 lines long) and art work of any medium, as long as it can be reproduced as a single image within a printed page. Your stories could be inspired by your experiences whilst in lockdown, major world events this year, events that have happened to you or your family or just how you have felt about the world around you during this year.
This competition is open to all 8-18 year olds who reside in the UK. You will need the permission from a parent or guardian to enter. Entry is completely free!
Our original submission deadline was 31/10/2020, and the response has been incredible so far and the quality of the entries have really impressed us all! Following requests from a number of schools, we have decided to extend the deadline date until the 31st January 2021. For many, this will allow them to work on their submissions during the second half of the Autumn term and over the Christmas break.
We want to make something positive from a very turbulent year. Sometimes it is far too easy to focus just on the negatives or just to allow the world to turn without any real reflection from ourselves of how our lives change. We hope that this project may inspire even just a few people to find their creative edge and think more deeply about life and their personal experiences.
Creative exercises can help build a positive feedback of mindfulness that may help us all deal with throughout our lives, it just takes that first spark (or two!).
Further to inspriring the next generation of thinkers, our secondary aim is to raise money for organisations that are making a real difference to people’s lives, especially in a time where that help may be most needed.
Everybody has a story to tell and we want to hear them.