School Writing Competition 2023

School Writing Competition 2023

Win a workshop with author Catherine Barr

In partnership with Arup, we’ve launched our children’s writing competition to win a half-day workshop with the author Catherine Barr, and is open from 11 September until 3 November.

To enter this competition, students aged 7-11 (Key Stage 2 in Years 3, 4, 5, or 6) can submit their story around a character or scene in the book, up to 500 words.  The winning entry will be judged by a panel, including author Catherine and illustrator, Christiane Engel.

We would like children to have fun writing their stories and be as creative as possible.  All the stories must:

  • Be 500 words or less (the title is not included in the word count)
  • Be written by an individual and not a group
  • Be a child’s own original idea
  • Be prose, not rap or poem

All stories will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Characterisation
  • Plot
  • Originality
  • Language
  • Enjoyment


How to enter

The competition is open from Monday 8 September until midnight Friday 3 November.

There is no limit to the number of entries per school, but individuals should only send one entry.

Please submit your typed-up stories with your contact details and name of school to

The Prize

The winning entry will receive a half-day workshop with the author, Catherine Barr on behalf of their school.  She will conduct an interactive session asking children to get involved and explore the issues inspiring her book.  This session can further deepen their knowledge about water-related issues and inspire them to take action within their communities.