Race to the Top Short Story Competition

We're challenging children in Years 5 and 6 to write their very best short story for our competition in association with Althorp Literary Festival.

Our judges will be looking for excellent examples of writing at Key Stage 2 level, including structure, grammar, and imagination in short stories of 500 -1000 words on any subject of the author's choice.

Prizes will be awarded to the authors and their schools for first, second, and third place, as well as two runners-up at a special prize-giving ceremony at Althorp Literary Festival on Sunday, 3 July.

 

​What we're looking for

  • Excellent examples of writing at Key Stage 2 level
  • Word count of 500-1,000 words
  • Stories on any topic or theme of the author's choice
  • Good use of story structure, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling
  • Imagination and originality

Rules

  • One entry per child
  • Stories should be written individually rather than as a team
  • Stories should be original pieces and not copied in any way
  • Authors must be in Year 5 or Year 6

Instructions

  • Entries should be submitted to the competition by the child's school
  • Entries should be submitted by email to rttt@northamptonshire.gov.uk
  • Entries should each include:
    • An easily legible electronic copy of the story
    • The story's title
    • The child's name
    • The child's year
    • The child's school
    • A contact at the school for the entry
  • Please submit entries by the competition closing date of 27 May, 2016. In order to allow adequate time for judging, entries received after this date will not be considered.
  • If you have any questions or need help, please contact rttt@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Take your class to the Althorp Literary Festival for Children's Day on Thursday, 30th June 2016. We are delighted to announce that two children's authors, Sue Bentley and Ross Welford, will be leading a session each.

Complimentary tickets are available. Please register for your place at one of the sessions listed below.

15:30 - 16:30 Sue Bentley.

17:00 - 18:00 Ross Welford.

Friday, 4th March - Competition Launches

Friday, 27th May - Competition Closes

Monday, 20th June - Finalists Announced

Thursday, 30th June - Children's Day at Althorp Literary Festival

Sunday, 3 July - Winners Announced at a Prize Giving Ceremony at Althorp Literary Festival

​Both our winning authors and their schools will receive prizes.

1st Place - Book voucher for the sum of £150 for the child and £300 for their school. The winning story will also be printed and bound.

2nd Place - Book voucher for the sum of £100 for the child and £200 for their school. The story will be printed and bound.

3rd Place - Book voucher for the sum of £75 for the child and £150 for their school. The story will be printed and bound.

2 x Runner Up - Book voucher for the sum of £50 for the child and £50 for their school. The stories will be printed and bound.

​Please submit your entries by emailing them to: RTTT@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Please make sure to include:

  • "RTTT short story competition" in the subject line
  • An easily legible electronic copy of the story
  • The story's title
  • The child's name
  • The child's year
  • The child's school
  • A contact at the school for the entry

Entries should be submitted no later than the competition closing date of Friday, 20th May, 2016.

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