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Kid Lit

Kid Lit is The Courtyard’s new Children’s Literacy Project supporting our community in promoting literacy, creative writing and writing resilience following an unprecedented year in our children’s education.

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”    – Frederick Douglass

The Kid Lit project includes a 500 word short story-writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 12. There are 2 age categories: 5-8 and 9-12.

The stories can be about ANYTHING  – pirates, dinosaurs, superheroes, nurses, secret agents….. The list is endless, but the content must be fictional.

All entrants must write an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it using the form below.

Stories will be judged on their enjoyment rather than punctuation, grammar and spelling to make it accessible for all abilities. A full list of judging criteria is available in the Competition Rules document. Please download and read this document before submitting an entry.

The competition will open for submissions on Friday 7 May 2021 at 8am and the deadline is Monday 14 June 2021 at 8pm.

Kid Lit 2021 will conclude on National Writing Day on the 23 June 2021 and winners will be announced live via The Courtyard’s Facebook page by successful authors; Emma Read (announcing age 5-8 category winner) and Simon James Green (announcing age 9-12 category winner)

Emma Read and Simon James Green will be hosting FREE online workshops via Facebook Live at 10am (Emma Read, author of Milton The Mighty) and 1pm (Simon James Green, author of Life of Riley) on 23 June 2021.

Kid Lit Workshop with Emma Read

Wednesday 23 June, 10am

Please read Competition Rules before submitting an entry to Kid Lit. Entries must be submitted via email on the submission form below.

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