Chagword’s Writing Competition

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”

Philip Pullman

The Chagword writing competition has just been launched, why not have a go? click here to download entry form.


Adults (16+ years)                     1st prize £50             2nd prize £30

12-15 years                                   1st prize £30             2nd prize £20

8-11 years                                     1st prize £20             2nd prize £15

7 & under                                     1st prize £10              2nd prize £5


  1. The maximum number of words allowed is 800, excluding the title. Entries of more than 800 words will not be judged.
  2. Your story must be original and not have been published before in any form.
  3. All entries will be judged anonymously which is why we ask you not to put your name on your story.
  4. The story has to be on the suggested theme.
  5. You can enter more than one story.
  6. Sorry, but we will be unable to return stories, so keep your own copy.
  7. Copyright stays with the author but Chagword keeps the right to print winning entries for publicity or promotional material.
  8. Closing date is Friday 8 February 2019. Entries received after this date will not be eligible.