Children’s Writing Competition

Fairford Festival are inviting children aged 7-11yrs to submit a short story. There are two topics to choose from;

My Great British Holiday. Can you tell us a story inspired by a holiday in Britain, it can be based on your own holiday or a fictional holiday.

Superhero for a day. Can you write a story as if you were a superhero, what would your power be and what would you do with it for a day?

Our judges will be looking for originality, characterisation, good use of language, a good plot and overall, a story that really takes the reader with them.

How to enter: Simply download an entry form

Complete the form and with your short story email to clearly stating in the email subject:

1) Name of entrant 2) Short story title 3) Entrants age

Your story must be in a word doc and attached to the email and not written in the body of the email.


Judging and prizes: All entries will be judged by members of the festival committee who will decide on a shortlist. We are very honoured to have children’s author, Sarah McIntyre to judge the shortlisted entries.

The winning entry will be announced on Sunday 3rd June at 4pm. Those shortlisted will receive a book token each with the winner receiving a very special cup.


DEADLINE:  Tuesday 15th May 2018



  1. The competition is open to all children from aged 7-11yrs
  2. All short stories must have a title and must not exceed 500 words
  3. Please tell us on the entry form if the child has any special educational needs that the judges can take into consideration
  4. The closing date is midnight on Tuesday 15th May 2018
  5. There is no entry fee
  6. Only one entry per child
  7. Entries must be based on the two topics listed overleaf
  8. Typed entries ONLY will be accepted. This is to ensure judging remains fair
  9. Entries will only be accepted with an entry form (available from the Fairford Festival website)
  10. Entries will not be returned so please keep a copy
  11. The judges’ decision is final
  12. The winner will be notified via the contact details provided on the entry form and also announced at the festival on Sunday 3rd June
  13. The prize will be awarded in the main tent. This may be subject to change so please check the order of events throughout the weekend or ask a member of the Fairford Festival crew
  14. Authors of the winning entry grant Fairford Festival the right to publish or broadcast their work though copyright will remain with the author
  15. Entries must only be written in English
  16. Entries will only be accepted with parent or guardian signature
  17. Fairford Festival reserve the right to request proof of age
  18. Original accounts only will be accepted
  19. Any unsuitable or defamatory entries will be rejected
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