Mal Peet Writing Competition


Congratulations to our winners and runners-up listed below, and thank you to everyone who entered.  We really enjoyed reading all your stories – and hope you continue to enjoy writing and using your imagination.

Under 11 Section
Lily Dickens, Dunsford Community Academy

Runners up:
Nick Todd
Daisy Crumby
Lucy Jenkin
All from Dunsford Community Academy

Under 14 Section
Nikita Gray, Bideford College

Runners up:
Emily Anderson, Bideford College
Bethany Channing-Cone, Bristol Brunel Academy

The Award Ceremony will take place on 21 October 2018 at Phoenix, Exeter. Awards will be presented by Philip Reeve and Sara McIntyre


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.


This year’s competition: Another Time, Another Place
Entrants were invited to use the picture below (from The Chronicles of Harris Burdick) and the caption as the starting point for a story of no more than 500 words.

The competition is sponsored by ALCS.

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?