Do you like telling stories? Are you a bit of a History Buff? Well, we have a competition just for you!

The Historical Association are running a fantastic story writing competition for children in Years 5 and 6. To celebrate King Charles III’s coronation, they have asked they entries should be on the theme of the coronation. Your story can be typed or neatly handwritten, and must be between 400 and 3,500 words (anything which is not in this range will not be entered). You can also include illustrations.

There are two prizes up for grab in the Years 5 and 6 category, and the judges have given us some top tips to consider when writing. You should think about

  • Historical accuracy – even down to the choice of names characters are given and any props additional to the historical setting. Research is key!
  • A riveting read with a good plot!
  • A convincing story – i.e. is it plausible that these events and/or this character could have existed at the time?
  • Use of historical knowledge to feed the plot, context and character
  • Effective use of historical vocabulary and literary conventions, including where dialogue is included in the story
  • Creative and interesting perspectives of storytelling. In the past we have received an entry telling the story of a siege from the perspective of the castle!
  • We recommend a minimum story length of 400 words and a maximum of 3500 words. We regret that entries that go over this word limit may not be considered.

Entries need to be given to Mrs Giles-Brewster by Wednesday 7th June. They can be typed and sent electronically to [email protected], or printed off. Handwritten entries can also be sent in. For more information about the competition, have a look at the entry website here.

You can also have a look at past entries here.

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