School's Out Short Story Competition 2020 - WINNERS!

Welcome to the School's Out Short Story Competition 2020

in partnership with:

Stour Valley Publishing 

Shook Bop

Haverhill Library

Due to the fact that there weren’t quite enough entries in some of the age categories, and quite a lot in others, we have selected the 10 best stories as judged by our panel of three book lovers, including myself.
I am absolutely over the moon to tell you that the following entrants have been successful and their stories will be compiled into the Schools Out Short Competition 2020 book:
Isobel Johnston – Aged 12, for her story entitled: Horror Story on 13th Street
Isobel Wood – Aged 13, for her story entitled: Revolving Doors
Holly Eden – Aged 10, for her story entitled: The Magical Dog Emporium
Libby Kent – Aged 10, for her story entitled: Wally the Worm
Sonja Drayson – Aged 17+, for her story entitled: The Worm and The Snail (a tale of peril and belonging)
Jayne Bailey – Aged 17+, for her story which I have entitled: Dear Diary
Finn Watson – Aged 7, for his story entitled: What’s that in the Dark?
Evie Watson – Aged 9, for her story entitled: Maisie and the Mice
Louise Hollywood – Aged 16, for her poems entitled: Homophobia, Climate Change, Depression, and Standards
Lynsey Pooler – Aged 17+, for her story which I have entitled: Hot tears
We have thoroughly enjoyed reading through your stories and pieces of writing and I can’t wait to gather the stories into their finished compilation.
I will be in touch with you each individually to go through the formalities of having your works published in the compilation – and I want to thank you each deeply for your contributions.
As promised, all of the proceeds after the cost of production will be forwarded to St Nicholas Hospice Care for their continued work with the terminally ill, and their families.
Many congratulations, once again.
This is a story writing competition for children and adults and was devised to help adults with children, including schoolteachers and children's groups to foster creativity, imagination, community and love during the Covid-19 School Closures and lockdowns of 2020.

Enter the competition here


Everyone is welcome to join this competition, young or... well, less young.

Competition Closes 31st July 2020 EXTENDED TO 4TH SEPTEMBER 2020

The prize will be for your entry to feature in a single book containing the winning stories - minimum of two from each age category (10 prizes minimum)

Each winner will receive a copy of the book.

There are 4 youth age groups and 1 adult age group.
- Ages 4-7
- Ages 8-10
- Ages 11-13
- Ages 14-16
- 17+ (no upper age limit) - this category really must write for children between 0 & 16, though.

Any genre is welcome

Stories or works of poetry (including short collections) are welcome

Entries between 500 and 600 words are required. This can be a total across a single collection of poems if you wish.

Maximum of one entry per person, please.
You can include 1 optional illustration with your entry.

No sweary words or impropriety, please.

Inclusion of light misadventure is encouraged!

English language submission only please - I am good, but I am not that good.

Word documents, RTF, ODF/ODT, TXT file formats
Line spacing set to double-spaced
Font set to 18 and no smaller, please.
Illustrations in JPG or PNG please

Any profit received after cost of production and distribution will be donated to St Nicholas Hospice.

Enter the competition here