Commonwealth Class Short Story Writing Competition for Young Students (Under 18s)

Commonwealth Class Children's Short Story Writing Competition

Course(s) Offered: Writing contest
Course Level: Young students
Provider: The Commonwealth
Country to Study in: Candidate’s Home country

Scholarship Description
What images, emotions or memories come to mind when you think of the word ‘Peace’? Children around the world are invited to capture its meaning for this year’s Commonwealth Class Short Story Writing Competition.

The writing competition offers a unique opportunity for students to become part of the Commonwealth’s rich storytelling heritage and to be in with the chance of winning some great prizes!

This competition is operated by the British Council to publicise the Commonwealth Class programme and to increase participation amongst pupils aged 7-14 years in Commonwealth Countries. It will be open to two age categories – 7-10 year olds and 11-14 year olds.

The Competition is open to residents of a Commonwealth country aged between 7 and 14 years. As the entrants are under the age of 18 years, his/her entry must be submitted on their behalf by a parent/guardian over the age of 18 years who, in submitting the entry, agrees to and accepts these Competition Rules:
  • Only one entry per person is allowed.
  • The theme of the story is ‘Peace’.
  • The story must be written in English.
  • The maximum word limit of the stories is:
    • 300 words from 7-10 year olds
    • 500 words from 11-14 year olds
  • Entry to the Competition is free of charge although entrants are responsible for any costs associated with entry.
  • All entries must be submitted online.
Eligible groups
Citizens of Commonwealth countries

Creative ways to approach the theme
How should students approach the theme of 'Peace' in their writing? They could go for a story that is personal, magical, funny or scary. The possibilities are simply endless. See official website for tips (link is below).

Writing tips for students
The former Children’s Laureate and multi-award winning British author Anne Fine shares her story writing tips - just what is needed to help inspire and motivate your students. From how to draw in the reader to finding the perfect words to tell a compelling story, she's got all the essentials covered. See the official website for this (link s below).

Scholarship benefits
The following prizes will be given to students awarded first, second and third place in the competition:
  • The 1st prize winner will receive a £100 book token or equivalent voucher and a certificate.
  • The 2nd prize winner will receive a £50 book token or equivalent voucher and a certificate, and
  • The 3rd prize winner will receive a £30 book token or equivalent voucher and a certificate.
Prizes are personal to the winners and cannot be transferred to any third party. Prizes cannot be exchanged for money or any other goods or services.

Method of Application
Participants are invited to write a story set in their own country and can enter one of two age categories (7-10 year olds or 11-14 year olds). Students must adhere to the competition rules, which include eligibility criteria (see above) and submit their story via the online form (link is below).

Enter the competition here. Entries will be shortlisted and judged by a panel of judges selected by British Council in the UK.

The deadline for entries is 09:00 GMT on 2 January 2018

Winners will be notified by mid-February 2018.

The British Council is a British organisation specialising in international cultural and educational opportunities. It works in over 100 countries: promoting a wider knowledge of the UK and the English language; encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational co-operation with the UK; and changing people’s lives through access to UK education, skills, qualifications, culture and society.

Application Deadline: 2 January 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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