Creative Writing Competition 2017

The competition is now closed for entries!

Our guest judge this year, author Sufiya Ahmed, is busily reading through the poems and stories from Tower Hamlets schools while the Syrian writing will be judged by author Nadine Kaadan.

Schools will be informed of the winners in May.

This is My Dream

Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service Creative Writing Competition will launch in January 2017 with winners announced following the Easter holiday.

This year we have successfully bid for funding from the Arts Council to provide 25 author-led creative writing workshops to primary and secondary schools during the spring term. The aim being to inspire pupils and offer them expert advice on writing.

The competition will also continue to link pupils in Tower Hamlets with young writers from schools in Syria. Work by children from both countries will be published by the Schools Library Services as a dual-language English/ Arabic book later in the year.

Interpreting the theme

This is My Dream builds upon the 2016 creative writing competition, Out of Place. The theme covers:

  • Children’s rights
  • Human Rights
  • Hopes and dreams
  • Journeys (metaphorical or otherwise)
  • Overcoming obstacles and challenges
  • Imagination

Why take part?

This year the competition is a way to engage pupils with global issues including children’s rights, human rights, and the crisis in Syria. Guidance on these topics will be provided in partnership with the HEC Global Education Centre

Pupils taking part in the competition are encouraged to engage with literature and to read around the themes in order to inspire their own writing. Schools participating in our creative writing competitions have expressed how they have seen pupils develop in confidence, knowledge and in their ability to write.

To take part

  1. Register your school. A fee of £30 to cover judging and prizes, is payable via SLA online
  2. Choose the date for your author writing workshop. If you are one of the first 25 schools to register, contact the Schools Library Service to arrange your free workshop
  3. Children write the stories and poems! Guidance and promotional posters will be sent upon registration.
  4. Send us your shortlist of up to 10 entries for each category (short story or poem) by Friday 7th April 2017 for the final judging.

poster-sample-smallOnline resources to support the theme

Selected online resources chosen by the HEC Global Education Centre

Children’s Rights : A Teacher’s Guide

What Makes Me Happy series from the Ragdoll Foundation

UNICEF Child’s Rights Launchpad

UNICEF Teaching Ideas and material

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