Mal Peet Writing Competition


This writing competition is in honour of children’s author, Mal Peet, who lived in Devon and was the curator of the exetreme imagination festival 2014. The competition is for children and young people up to the age of 18 and the intention is to enthuse and excite young people about the possibilities of writing and being a writer.

Use your exetreme imaginations!


Key information
Age ranges: children and young people can enter one of three age categories –
under 11; under 14; under 18. There will be one prizewinner and two runners-up in each category; winners will receive a £50 gift token from Waterstones, and runners-up will receive a book prize.

This year’s competition: Another Time, Another Place
Use the picture (from The Chronicles of Harris Burdick) and the caption as the starting point for a story of no more than 500 words.  Be creative and let your imagination run wild!

What do you think is happening in this picture?
Where is the track leading to?
Who are the people?
Has the boat got anything to do with story?
What happens next?
What answer is he looking for?

Use this picture and the caption to spark your imagination:
try to write something no-one else will have thought of.
Write a short story of no more than 500 words.

Entry fee: £30 per class (maximum of 30) or £10 for an individual entry.  You can pay online.

How to enter
Teachers can enter a set of stories from a whole class or from individuals, and individuals can enter on their own. Please download the Entry Form  and send a printed and signed copy of this with the submission. Schools can enter more than one class, but please use a separate form for each.
Download the competition information as a pdf

Closing Date:                         15 August 2018
Prizes Announced:               28 September 2018
Award Ceremony:                21 October 2018 at The Phoenix, Exeter, awarded by Philip Reeve and Sara McIntyre

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