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Children’s writing competition for ages 4 – 14

National Young Writers’ Awards

For the past nine years, Explore Learning has been inspiring children to write, from the young authors in the making to those a little more reluctant.

Our competition opens on Monday 5th March 2018 – check back for more details about the theme, entry criteria and how to enter!

Are you a teacher? 

Fancy winning £500 worth of books for your school? Register today to find out how your class can get involved in our free writing competition!

Register today


Are you a child/parent?

How would you like to zoom off to Disneyland Paris for a family holiday? Get ready for 5th March when our competition is open for entries!


David Walliams

OUR JUDGE: David Walliams!

We’re delighted to have David Walliams involved with this year’s National Young Writers’ Awards. Don’t forget – he’ll be paying a special visit to the winner’s school to present the exciting prizes! 

David Walliams OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. As a children’s author David has written 12 children’s novels and five picture books which has led to David frequently being heralded as a modern day Roald Dahl.

David’s television adaptation of his book MR STINK received a BAFTA nomination for Best Comedy Programme, further to this, numerous of his novels have now been adapted for television including THE BOY IN THE DRESS, BILLIONAIRE BOY and GANGSTA GRANNY. Most recently, David has just filmed the television adaptation of GRANDPA’S GREAT ESCAPE for the BBC alongside Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Sir Tom Courtenay and Jennifer Saunders.

David is a trustee of Comic Relief, a charity he has personally raised £8.5m for, most notably swimming the English Channel in 2006 and the River Thames in 2011. As of 2017, David is now also an Ambassador for the children’s charity, Make A Wish. Due to David’s generous support of Comic Relief and other charities he was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in Summer 2017 as part of the Queen’s birthday Honours.

Free writing resources for home or at school

Whether you’re a teacher, parent or child and want some guidance on writing 500 words, you can access our fun and free resources!

Register now and we’ll send you our exciting resources on 5th March.


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