Enter the Short Story Challenge

Put your storytelling and imagination to the test!

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What is the Short Story Challenge?

Creativity is contagious, pass it on!

The Short Story Challenge competition launched in April 2020 during the pandemic of Covid-19. After receiving 100s of entries across the globe in June 2020, we decided to make this an annual event, open to schools and individual kids.

18 short stories are hand picked by a group of incredible authors, teachers and community leaders, which are then published into an Ebook for people to buy on Amazon. All proceeds go to a different children's charity each year.

2021's theme is 'Share Your Story' which coincides with World Book Day on 4th March, 2021 - children are encouraged to submit their short stories, between 100-500 words, by our 28th February for the chance for it to be published!

Be part of something amazing!

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Thank you for running this competition, it was fascinating for me to see as a parent what my children could imagine, especially with such an influential and very topical theme - can't wait to see what they come up with for 2021!

- Laura, Mum

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Why we have the WOW!

Imagination

Get creative!

Put your imagination to the ultimate test! We are looking for the most imaginative stories we can find, if it hasn't been done before we want to read it.

Creative writing and storytelling is such a magical medium for children. It offers a vehicle for communication, connection and creativity. It’s an opportunity for children to learn and grow, have fun and sharpen their senses, all whilst supporting their mental wellbeing - which is why more than ever we wanted to launch this competition during the pandemic!

Storytelling

Test your skills

Use all of your creative writing skills and storytelling magic to write us the best story. Not only are we looking for a good plot, but we are also looking for the best creative writing skills.

There are 3 categories for entry;

Cat 1: Ages 4-5 (100-500 words)
Cat 2: Ages 6-7 (500 words)
Cat 3: Ages 8-11 (500 words)

Boredom Buster

Use your spare time

Fill up your spare time by planning and writing the best short story you can come up with! Why not use some of our storytelling activiites to help you along your way?! Ideas include;
- Storytelling Balloon
- Story Dice
- Story Cards
- Story Easel
- Story Bags
Check out our blog for more ideas!



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Have Fun!

It's not homework!

Writing a story should not be a chore, enjoy the time you spend being as creative and imaginative as you possibly can! Take yourself on adventures and meet new people through the power of storytelling.

The World As We Know It

Introducing 'The World As We Know It': The Short Story Challenge 2020 Ebook

 

We had so many fantastic entries for our Short Story Challenge, and even more fantastic winners! It is our honour to present the winning stories to you in our new Ebook which can be purchased for just 99p on Amazon.

​PLUS all proceeds from the book will go to the NHS to say thank you for their continued hard work.

Age Categories

There are 3 categories for entry;
Cat 1: Ages 3/4-5 (100-500 words)
Cat 2: Ages 6-7 (500 words)
Cat 3: Ages 8-11 (500 words)

3-8 winners are picked from each category, and one overall winner, with a total of 18-20 short stories.

This Year's Theme

2021's theme is 'Share Your Story' which coincides with World Book Day on 4th March, 2021 - children are encouraged to submit their short stories, between 100-500 words, by our 28th February for the chance for it to be published!

Book Title: "The World & I"
Writing Theme: 'Share Your Story'; All About Me, What I See, My Family & Friends, My World, The World Through My Eyes, Differences & Similarities
Reading Age: 4-12 years

How to Enter?

Entries open on February 1st 2021 and close on 28th February 2021.

Email info@rainbowfactorykids.com with a title page that includes;
1. NAME
2. AGE
3. SCHOOL (if applicable)
4. LOCATION
5. STORY TITLE
6. CONTACT DETAILS

What We're Looking For!

We are looking for the most imaginative stories we can find, if it hasn't been done before we want to read it.

Not only are we looking for a good plot, but we are also looking for the best creative writing skills.