I Am A Story: Enter your class into our creative writing competition to win a free school visit from Cerrie Burnell

Calling all primary schools – fancy some fun that could win you a prize? Our Writer in Residence (and author) Cerrie Burnell has just the writing activity for you!

What does Cerrie Burnell want you to do?

'Have you ever dreamed of writing a story that was all about you? Perhaps it’s something very real and wonderful, like the first time you ever saw snow, or maybe its brilliantly funny, like the day your grandad lost his false teeth in the lake, but found someone else’s. (This actually happened to someone I know!) Or maybe you long to write a sweeping fantasy, where you are the star and every character is someone you know. Someone important.

'We’re all made of stories. We all have tales that were bursting to tell. When we put ourselves in the story, fantastic things start to happen.

'Every book I’ve written is a work of fiction, yet the characters, places or the relationships in the book are always based on something real, on a memory or a story I’ve lived. So, make your story unique to you, let the character look like you, or live on your street, or share a love of your favourite ice cream, sport, colour or song.

'Whether its wild or wicked, charming or sad, hilarious, imaginary or completely true, I would love to read your story. So put yourself at the heart of your story and be as creative as you dare.'

Hints and tips

Please note that the maximum word count for stories is 1000 words.

What will you win?

The overall winner of the competition will win a free school visit from Cerrie Burnell PLUS one of Cerrie’s books for every child in the winner’s year group AND a set of her books for the school library.

Two runners up will a bundle of Cerrie’s books for them and their school library.

More about Cerrie Burnell, our Writer in Residence

Important bits

  • This is a competition for pupils of primary school age – you can take part as a class or enter children individually
  • The maximum word count for each story is 1000 words
  • The deadline is 5pm on Friday 24 January 2020
  • Entries should be sent by a named contact at the school; the child's name, age, school and school contact details must be included with each entry

Schools can send in entries in the following ways:

  • Post: Anna McKerrow, G8 Battersea Studios, 80 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London SW8 3HE
  • Scan and email to: digital@booktrust.org.uk. Please attach the entries to your email or, alternatively, send us a link from Dropbox or another file hosting service. It is best not to use a file transfer service like WeTransfer, as these links tend to expire after a set amount of time

Terms and conditions

  1. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  2. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust
  3. This competition is for primary schools only; each school may enter as few or as many entries as they wish
  4. Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 24 January 2020
  5. BookTrust reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time, so do keep checking the website
  6. Entries will be judged by BookTrust and Cerrie Burnell. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into
  7. The winner and two runners-up are expected to be notified in February 2020, although this is subject to change
  8. The winner and two runners-up will be announced on the website in February 2020, although this is subject to change
  9. By entering, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in our privacy statement

More about our Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence

Our current Writer in Residence is Cerrie Burnell, who is writing blogs, running competitions and giving us her unique perspective on the world of children's books.

Find out what she's been up to