WordHound Children's Writing Competition

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Here's this month's WordHound Creative Writing for Kids Competition:

Children's writing competition - Unusual Pet

Pets Day! Is it even a thing at school? Let’s just agree that it is for the purposes of this month’s competition. And anyway, is school even a thing any more?

So, it’s Pets Day at school, and you bring in your hamster, Kenneth (or your cat, Roger, or whatever) – but your friend has decided to bring in something a bit more unusual… What is that unusual pet? What goes horribly (or amusingly) wrong, and what lessons are learned, if any? Tell us about the Unforgettable Pets Day Incident in 300 words or fewer, and you might be in with a chance of winning some inexpensive but highly sought-after prizes. 

Well done – you've found it! The WordHound Children's Writing Competition!

Every month, we’ll be offering prompts and suggestions for creative writing for kids. We’re looking for under 300 words of funny, weird or otherwise unique writing, based on the suggestion. There’s no minimum number of words, although four would be considered a bit light.

There will be a prize on offer each month, but winners (and probably all participants, unless we get 9 million entries) will certainly get some kind of encouragement and recognition. We’d like to publish winning entries on our blog page, so let us know if you’re happy for that to happen. You can change your mind later if you want to.

We hope you find the suggestions inspiring – we’ve had some superb entries. Most of all, have fun!

Who is this competition for?

We created these writing prompts with younger children in mind, but it’s open to kids aged 12 years and under. We’d love to have entries from anywhere in the world, but prizes will be posted from the UK, so they might take a while to reach Outer Mongolia, for example.

Is the writing competition open to schools?

Yes, we’re happy for schools to get involved. Please judge the first round yourselves and send us your top 5 stories.

How are winners chosen?

We’ll read them all and pick our favourite; it’s as simple as that. If we’re struggling to choose, we might run a poll on our Facebook page, so follow that for updates.

Where will you announce the competition winners?

We’ll respond to your entry to tell you personally, then announce on our Facebook page and post to our blog.

My kid LOVES being made a fuss of – what else have you got?

Oh good! Well, how about recording them reading their story and acting it out? Then we might post it on our YouTube channel.

Why are you running a writing competition?

The WCWC (ha ha) was born in May 2020, as Britain struggled to keep the nation’s children entertained during lockdown. For some reason, we at WordHound weren’t quite as busy as we were used to being, and we were slightly desperate for something to read. By July, things were starting to happen again, so we changed it from a weekly to a monthly competition.

If you know of any kids who’ve just about had it up to here with being stuck indoors, why not see if a bit of creative writing will cheer them up?

How do I enter the competition?

Please email your child’s entry to [email protected]

Entries can be up to 300 words, and please do include your child’s name and age. We’d like to be able to post prizes to the winner and share some of our favourites on our social channels. If you’re happy for us to do that, please let us know and include your postal address with the entry.

Can I see the previous challenges?

Why yes, of course. Just scroll down.

Still got questions? Or just fancy a chat?