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Our creative writing competition for kids 10-11 years is now open!

We are thrilled to launch our first ever creative writing competition for children age 10-11 who use Copywork Cave. We want to inspire them to put their own ideas on paper (or typed!) and then celebrate their achievements. Here are all the details you need to know, including the judging process and instructions on how to enter.

1.   Stories must be between 600 and 700 words

2.   Deadline for entry is midnight Friday 14th June - BST

3.   The story must be the child’s original work – you can help them with ideas and planning, and you can give feedback, but please don’t edit it for them.

4.   You can choose to either submit a scanned copy of the child’s written story or email a typed document of their story exactly as it’s written (including the child’s choice of spelling and punctuation).

5.   All three winners will receive a digital Amazon voucher: £25 for first place, £15 for second and £10 for third - and a digital certificate you can print at home.

6.   All three winners will have the option of having their story published on the Copywork Cave website to share with family and friends (if they like!)

7.   The competition is open to all families around the world who have used Copywork Cave at some point in their learning journey – but it’s not open to anyone else.

8.   Children must be aged 10 or 11 on Friday 14th June 2024 to be eligible.

9.   Parents must email their entry to with 'competition' in the subject line.

10. If you know your order number, please include that, but if you can’t find it, don’t worry. Please put the child’s name and age in the email but NOT in the documents you email.


Judging criteria and process

The entries will be judged by an independent group of adults and will be judged anonymously. We will award equal marks across the following areas (feel free to talk about them with your child first).

1.       Originality

Being original doesn’t mean everything has to be completely made up. Perhaps you will create an original setting (either in place or time), or you might develop a really original character in an ordinary setting. Maybe it’s what happens that’s original, but with everyday characters. We just want to see some imagination at work.

2.       Characterisation

You don’t need lots of characters, just one or two who are really interesting. Help us to get to know your characters so that we care about what happens to them. Maybe they will discover something about themselves or change throughout the story?

3.       Plot

The good plots makes all the difference. It usually includes a conflict or a crisis of some sort that ends in a resolution, and often in unexpected ways. Consider how your characters will interact with each other and the setting to build excitement and tension.

4.       Language

We love interesting vocabulary choices and will be keen to see how children use punctuation and dialogue to ignite the reader’s imagination, create drama and tell their story. We will pay some attention to spelling but overall, we want to see what language children choose to use and how they put words together for effect.

5.       Enjoyment

This is simple really – how much did we enjoy the story? If it’s got great characters, a plot that keeps our interest and some sparks of originality, I’m sure we will!


Dan Freedman shares some wonderful tips on how to get started with writing a story here.

We look forward to reading what your children create and to rewarding the lucky winners.

Amanda & team


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