Writer in Residence Rashmi Sirdeshpande announces her competition

Published on: 06 May 2024

Send your favourite fact to our Writer in Residence to enter her non-fiction competition!


Hi everyone, I'm Rashmi Sirdeshpande and I am the current BookTrust Writer in Residence. I write all kinds of things including picture books and illustrated children's nonfiction or factual books. Books like How to Change the World, illustrated by Annabel Tempest and Cash: How to earn it, Save it, Spend it, Grow it, and Give it illustrated by Adam Hayes.

Now, during this residency, we are celebrating factual books and so here at BookTrust, we have come up with a competition to get children thinking about, sharing and writing about their favourite facts. We are looking for some really juicy facts and up to 400 or 500 words of writing. It can be much less for the younger year groups, of course, and we'd love to see pictures too.

We love pictures. Those facts can be about absolutely anything. They might be about inspiring people, animals, amazing places, inventions, discoveries, big moments in history. They can be about anything and they can be presented in all kinds of formats. So some children might like to write a factual poem, create a comic strip, or write a magazine article. It's all good.

Everything goes. There are prizes up for grabs, and we cannot wait to see what you come up with.


You can win a virtual visit from Rashmi to your school and a bundle of her books! 

To enter, send your favourite fact to [email protected] by 11pm Friday 19th July 2024. Please tell us your class's year group, as there are two prizes - one for Reception and Key Stage 1 and one for Key Stage 2. 

Terms and conditions

  1. Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter.
  2. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
  3. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust.
  4. Only one entry per person.
  5. Entries must be submitted by 11pm on Friday, 19 July 2024.
  6. There will be two winners selected at random (from all eligible entries).
  7. If a chosen winner does not respond to correspondence within one week, a new winner will be selected.
  8. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. The prize will not be transferable to another person.
  10. No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
  11. The prize is run by BookTrust of No. 1 Aire Street, Leeds, LS1 4PR. However, the prize will be sent out by a third party and by entering you acknowledge that your details will be passed on to them, solely for the purposes of administering this competition.
  12. The virtual visit will be arranged directly between the winners and Rashmi Sirdeshpande at a time and date to suit both parties. By entering you acknowledge that your details will be passed on to her.
  13. Where a third party is supplying a prize, BookTrust accepts no responsibility for inaccuracy of any prize description, and the third party is responsible for prize fulfilment.
  14. By entering you are agreeing to the terms and conditions in our privacy statement.
  15. BookTrust reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time.


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