WIN a visit from an author to your school!

Another year, another National Short Story Week competition!

To carry on the success from our last year’s short story writing competition, we’ve teamed up again with Walker Books to invite your school to take part in this year’s competition with a chance to win a visit from the brilliant children’s author Tommy Donbavand to your school!

Tommy is the author of Dr Who: Shroud of Sorrow and Uniform, written for reluctant and struggling readers and which won the Hackney Short Novel Award. His plays including Hey Diddle Diddle Rumplestiltskin and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space, have been performed to thousands of children nationally.

Tommy has worked extensively with the National Literacy Trust as part of their Premier League Reading Scheme and as their first Reading is Fundamental Ambassador.

The short story writing competition is open to all primary schools for 7-11 year-old pupils in the UK and Northern Ireland. A school teacher or librarian must register their school’s participation by October 18, but hurry – competition spaces are limited on first-come-first-serve basis to the first 100 schools who register!

Each story should be between 350-500 words, and include the following three elements:

  1. Time machine
  2. Friendship
  3. A rescue

Each story must include the writer’s name, name of their school and their age.

The stories must be submitted in either Word or PDF format to us by Friday, November 22 for judging, and each registered school may submit up to 10 of their best short stories.

Results will be announced on Monday 16th of December, after which the author’s visit will be organised together with the winning school to take place during first half of the spring term in 2014. The visit will consist of 2 separate sessions during the day. The second and third runners-up will receive LFC vouchers worth £100 and £50 respectively. We’ll publish the winning stories here on our blog after the winners have been notified.

By taking part in this competition the school is bound to agree on the publishing of any submitted stories, as well as releasing the school’s and the story writer’s names in any relevant PR-material produced by LFC. The winning school must be prepared to allow photography of its school building, staff and students (within the school’s rules for such events) for LFC to be able to produce publicity material from the day of the author’s visit.

Pre-registrations for schools have now finished, but please contact us if you’d like to know more or really, REALLY want to get your school involved!

If you would like to find out more or have any questions, please email us at

To help get your pupil’s creative juices flowing, check out our hand-picked selection of the best writing- and story-creation aids teaching aids on our website, as voted by you last month on our blog, and read our last year’s author, Vivian French’s tips and advice for young writers here!

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