FREE writing competition for ages 4 – 14

Explore Learning Writers’ Awards

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

Our 2019 competition has now closed, but you can register for our 2020 competition now! 

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Meet the Explore Learning Writer of the Year!

Congratulations to 9-year-old Farrah Lucas from Haslingfield Primary School who has been named the Explore Learning Writer of the Year!

The Haslingfield Primary School pupil was surprised in a school assembly on Thursday 20th June by none other than TV star, author, dancer and singer, Alesha Dixon who judged the competition. Alesha and the team from Explore Learning presented her with first prize – a family trip to Disneyland Paris! Farrah’s school was also awarded £500 worth of books for all the students to enjoy.

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Alesha Dixon

Judge: Alesha Dixon

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Alesha Dixon as the official judge of the Explore Learning Writers’ Awards!

Alesha has written two very popular children’s books – Lightning Girl (launched in April 2018) and Lightning Girl 2: Superhero Squad (September 2018) about a 10 year old girl who discovers her superhero powers!

“My inspiration to create a superhero called Lightning Girl began with wanting my young daughter to feel empowered. It’s been a dream to create a strong role model that any child can look up to – I want my readers to see themselves in Aurora, who is dealing with trouble at home and trouble at school alongside her new powers.” ~ Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon first found fame as part of Brit-nominated and MOBO Award-winning group Mis-teeq, which achieved two platinum albums and seven Top Ten hits, before going on to become a platinum selling solo artist in her own right. Alesha’s appearance on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 led to her winning the series and becoming a judge for three seasons. Since then she has presented and hosted many TV shows including: CBBC dance show Alesha’s Street Dance Stars, Children In Need, Sport Relief, Your Face Sounds Familiar, and ITV’s Dance, Dance, Dance. She is a hugely popular judge on Britain’s Got Talent and has just been announced as the presenter of new BBC show, The Greatest Dancer.

Use our story dice to kick start some ideas!

The competition may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop writing!
Roll the dice. What picture did you land on? Close your eyes and imagine what scenario this picture represents. Use your answers to the questions below to plan your story.

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What needs to change?

Who can make a change?

How can we change this?

Why does something need to change?

How do you feel about the current situation?

Where is this happening?

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Whether you’re a teacher, parent or child, you can access our fun and free writing resources all year round.


Exciting prizes up for grabs!

Disneyland Paris

Family trip to Disneyland Paris

First prize is a four day break for two adults and two children to Disneyland Paris, including travel and accommodation!

£500 of books

The winning child’s school will receive £500 worth of books – a perfect addition to the school library that all the students can enjoy!

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