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As part of our ongoing work to support schools, we are pleased to be able to run exciting campaigns and competitions every term, the purpose of which are to inspire children to get involved in activities to improve their literacy (and have lots of fun at the same time!). There’ll be some fantastic prizes up for grabs, and the best part is, the competitions are completely free and open to all UK schools.

Partner competitions:

the write stuffThe Write Stuff 2017

A short story competition, launched by Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE, aimed at girls aged 11-16.


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Our past competitions:

DescriptosaurusDescriptosaurus Time Machine

We offered some fantastic prizes in our descriptive writing competition for pupils in Key Stage 2 and 3. 

Delivered in partnership with Routledge

Spring Reading Adventure (Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2)

FMF and MAF logos combinedWe gave away free books to the first 500 eligible schools that registered to take part in our Frankie's Magic Football and Magic Animal Friends themed reading challenge! 

Delivered in partnership with Hachette Children's Group

Girl Talk and Mega logos

Timmy Failure: Crack the Case (Key Stage 2)

We gave away free bookmarks and posters in a hilarious competition which gave students the chance to write and illustrate their very own Timmy Failure detective story.

Delivered in partnership with Walker Books

Girl Talk and Mega logosThe Editor Challenge (Key Stage 2)

Templates and instructions for five separate activities enabling pupils to produce their very own magazine. 

Delivered in partnership with Girl Talk and Mega magazines.

man writingPirate Reading Adventure (Early Years and KS1)

Hold a pirate-themed reading week with exciting stories and activities for each day.

Delivered in partnership with Swashbuckle Magazine

ChittyAround the World with Wally (KS1 and lower KS2)

Find Wally and encourage children to develop their descriptive writing with our new competition.

Delivered in partnership with Walker Books

man writingAlex Rider Secret Mission (upper KS2 and KS3)

Budding spies are given the chance to undertake a secret mission and write their own adventure story.

Delivered in partnership with Walker Books

ChittyChitty Chitty Bang Bang's Magical Reading Tour (primary)

Encourage parents to read more with their children and inspire children to read more for pleasure with our latest reading challenge.

Delivered in partnership with Ian Fleming Publications and Pan Macmillan

man writingMy Words, My World (secondary)

Inspire young people to write with our journalistic writing competition. Free curriculum-supporting resources available. 

Delivered in partnership with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society.

BQRMBeast Quest & Rainbow Magic Reading Challenge

Get children hooked on reading using these hugely popular series. Free resources AND free books available. 

Delivered in partnership with Orchard Books, part of Hachette Children's Books.

WWEWrestleMania Reading Challenge UK

Positive reading role models from the world of WWE® will get your pupils buzzing about books.

Delivered in partnership with WWE®.

Mr MenMr Men & Little Miss Reading Adventure

Promote storytelling, communication and language in a fun, exciting way with our competition for three to seven year olds.

Delivered in partnership with Mr Men & Little Miss Magazine

CBeebies logoCBeebies Magazine Big Reading Adventure

Encourage children to embrace reading and share stories in this exciting reading journey around "CBeebies Land"... 

Delivered in partnership with CBeebies Magazine

DescriptosaurusDescriptosaurus Writing Challenge

Challenge your pupils to zoom in on a scene and paint us picture with words in our national descriptive writing competition for Key Stage 2 and 3...

Delivered in partnership with David Fulton Books from Routledge

Night ZookeeperNight Zookeeper Reading Torch

Captivate your pupils by sending them on an after-hours reading journey...

Delivered in partnership with Night Zookeeper

Your Monster ReadYour Monster Read (primary)

Get your classroom buzzing about books by challenging your pupils to share their favourite read in an exciting and original way on our special online platform.

Delivered in partnership with Oxford University Press on the Makewaves safe social learning platform.

Write On poets Write On (secondary)

Inspire your students to write and perform original poetry, taking inspiration from professional poets and at the same time learning about the importance of protecting their own and others' creativity.

Delivered in partnership with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society

WWERoad to WrestleMania

We used the world of WWE Superstars and Divas to motivate your pupils, with fun tasks, free resources and fantastic prizes.

Delivered in partnership with WWE®

diamond jubilee emblem colourThe Big Diamond Jubilee Read

We celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and got pupils excited about reading and writing with this literacy challenge, which received over 9,000 entries!

Delivered in partnership with Oxford University Press.

Supported by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

Plane imageReading Miles Global Challenge (primary)

A family reading challenge that provided a platform for teachers to engage both pupils and parents using the concept of collecting points for reading together at home…and having fun along the way.

Delivered in partnership with Oxford University Press.

ReadThis graphicReadThis (secondary)

An exciting competition that engaged students with reading using the power of peer-to-peer recommendation.
Delivered in partnership with Oxford University Press.

Dorko image copyright (C) The Etherington Brothers 2011 The ComiX Factor

A hugely popular comic-making competition that ran during the autumn term of 2011 and was delivered in partnership with Renaissance Learning, with the support of the fantastic Etherington Brothers.

View image galleries of the shortlisted and winning entries.

WWE comp for websiteVoice it!

An exciting speaking and listening competition that was run in partnership with WWE® during the summer term of 2011.

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