Children’s Writing Competition 2021

This year’s competition is now closed and the entries are being judged.  As soon as we have news of the prize winners, we’ll post it here!

The theme for this year’s children’s writing competition is …


We are thrilled to announce that the competition will again be judged by the amazing Cressida Cowell, current Children’s Laureate and author of the How to Train a Dragon and Wizards of Once series.

So, grab your pencils or keyboards! Here’s what  to do …

Group 1 (school years Reception, 1 and 2) – Which character from a book would you choose to be your friend and why? Draw a picture of the two of you being friends.

Group 2 (school years 3-6) – Choose 2 characters from different books. Write a conversation between them as they meet for the first time, get to know each other and become friends.  (There is no word limit for this Group but remember that quality is pretty much always better than quantity!)

Group 3 (11-16 year-olds) – Write a short story (approximately 500 words) with the title ‘When I Needed a Friend’.

Once you have created your picture or story, send your clearly named entry with the slip at the bottom of 2021 Writing Competition details to Chorleywood Bookshop (4 New Parade, Chorleywood, Herts WD3 5NJ).

The closing date for entries is Friday 12th March.  There will be first and second prize winners in each category and winning entries will be published on our website.  First prize is a £20 bookshop voucher and certificate, and second prize is a £15 bookshop voucher and certificate.  We apologise that entries cannot be returned.

Good luck!

Enquiries: Debbie Bloomfield – 07765 874090 or