Each story can be any length up to 1000 words, should have a title and connect to the starter paragraph. (The starter paragraph doesn’t count as part of your entry, as far as story length is concerned) All entrants must live in the UK and be up to 18 years old. Entries will be judged by Prue Goodwin, consultant and lecturer in literacy learning and children’s literature. She says:
Getting started with your story
After you have read the starter passage, take some time to think. This writing is not a piece of school work, it won’t be marked by the judges, just read to be enjoyed as a good story. Read the starter again. Don’t go for the obvious. Remember, you are in charge of choosing how you carry on with your story. Your imagination can go in any direction you want. Try to make the final version as original as possible. The ‘starter’ is there to help you get going, so use it to take your ideas wherever you want. Ask yourself; ‘Will my story grab a judge’s attention? Make them laugh or cry? Do you want to entertain, provoke or scare your readers? Your story can be exciting, funny, moving, adventurous, frightening – whatever you want. Enjoy writing, and good luck!!
- Stories can be any length up to 1000 words.
- Make a connection to the starter paragraph.
- Give the story a title.
All entrants must live in the UK and be under 19 years of age. Entries will be judged by Prue Goodwin, consultant and lecturer in literacy learning and children’s books. She says: I will be looking for writing which shows imagination and originality. Use the starter paragraph as a guide not a directive – and make sure the story is as engaging as possible. The six winners will receive a copy of each of the books shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and be able to have their books signed.
Details and how to enter
The closing date for the competition is Sunday 22nd May 2022
Please send your stories to: email@example.com
Please mark your entries Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2022 and be sure to include your name, address, contact details and age. It would be a good idea to give it a title as well. Teachers, if you are collating children’s entries, please include your name, the name and address of your school and your contact details as well as the names and ages of the young authors. If you can send it as a Word document, that would be great, but otherwise you can cut and paste it into your email to me. Please do not send as a PDF.