Wild new writing competition!

Posted on August 5, 2020

Writing competition

It has been a strange old few months for many of us, but what has kept me going, and kept me so inspired, has been all the amazing creative writing by children.

Research by the National Literacy Trust has revealed that lockdown gave many children more time and space to write, and that nearly 40% of you were writing more often and enjoying it more. That’s a lot of stories!

I’ve also been blown away by the hundreds of responses I have had to my story starters, and so to celebrate your wonderful creativity, I’ve created an extra special summer holiday creative challenge for you all.

Writing competition

My publisher, Hachette Children’s Group, and I are delighted to have teamed up with Blackwell’s bookseller to invite children across the UK and Ireland to get creative in this special summer writing competition for 7-12 year olds.

We would like our young writers to write up to 1,000 words using the following line to get them started…


…they can then take the tale wherever their imagination chooses.

This is their chance to show off their creativity and be in with a chance to win £500 worth of books for their school library along with an exclusive printed copy of their winning story, with a specially designed cover. The prize also includes a school event from me (either virtually or in person, when circumstances allow) and a £50 Blackwell’s voucher. Also 19 runners up will each receive a £10 Blackwell’s voucher and a signed copy of The Last Wild.

The competition is open to residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland, from 5th August to 13th September 2020.

I’m so looking forward to reading everyone’s entries.

Good Luck!

Here is a little video from me introducing the competition and for more information on the terms and conditions and how to enter, please


UPDATE: This competition is now closed to submissions. We are reading the entries, and the winner will be announced early in October. Watch this space!