I do love a good story competition for children, and this one is inspired. The 12 Words of Winter competition from the School Library Association asks children to write a festive or seasonal story in just twelve words.
Impossible you say?
Here is an example from their site – and it’s last year’s winner!
Mr Snowman needed a cuddle, the sun agreed, now he’s a puddle.
See, it can be done!
Schools should run their own competition in-house and decide on a winner to send through to the national entries. Award winning writer for children Alan Gibbons is part of the judging team, and there are masses of fantastic prizes.
This would make a wonderful quick competition to get everyone in the mood for Christmas, and it takes almost no prep or set up. You can announce it in assembly and have the entries in a day or too later. It’s free to enter – but get moving because the closing date is Dec 6th so you’ll need to email the entries in sharpish!! If you are a parent, draw attention to this as the prizes for the school are wonderful and I know how much children love this sort of thing. The idea of telling a story in just a few words suits children of all abilities, and I’ve always found results from this sort of task both rewarding and entertaining. For a child who feels that they can’t write stories, this little task dips a toe in the waters and can be a huge boost to literary self-esteem.
All the details can be found on the SLA website.
Looking forward to seeing what comes out of it this year!