WordHound Children's Writing Competition

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Children's writing competition - when would you go in a time machine?

Here's this week's WordHound Creative Writing for Kids Challenge:

When would you go in a time machine?

There’s a lot of time, and although the Earth wasn’t there for about 2/3rds of it, there’s still plenty of choice. Want to see dinosaurs? Sure, but which ones? What about the future? Maybe your kids want to go forward a week to see what the next WordHound Writing Prompt is, thus allowing them to cheat. Whatever they choose, we want to hear about it.

Email competitions@wordhound.co.uk by 6pm on Sunday to enter.

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

For at least 10 weeks, 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 of the week. There’s no minimum number of words, although four would be considered a bit light.

We’re planning on awarding a prize each week, 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 already. 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.

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 winners?

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

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. 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 would cheer them up for a bit?

How do I enter?

Either email a photo of your child’s entry to competitions@wordhound.co.uk or send it via Facebook Messenger if you prefer. We’re not fussy. 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 or letters of thanks for our favourite entries. If you’re happy for us to do that, please include your postal address with the entry.

Can I see the previous challenges?

Why yes, of course. Just scroll down.

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