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The Editor Challenge

PLEASE NOTE this competition is now CLOSED. Winners will be notified in January 2016.

1 October to 18 December 2015

We had some great prizes and a whole host of activities for Key Stage 2 pupils to create their very own publication. 

What was it all about? 
How did it work?
What supporting resources were available? 
What were the prizes? 

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What was it all about?

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In 2014 research showed that nearly half of children and young people aged 8 to 18 in the UK read magazines outside class at least once a month. Those that read magazines were more likely to report they enjoyed reading and read more frequently and more read above the expected level for their age compared to their peers who did not read magazines[1]. We also know that children and young people who enjoy writing very much are seven times more likely to write above the level expected for their age compared with children and young people who do not enjoy writing at all[2].

With this in mind we teamed up with Immediate Media and their Girl Talk and Mega magazines to provide teachers with an exciting challenge to promote reading for pleasure and writing for a purpose.

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How did it work?

Mega coverPupils could choose whether they would like to work on their own issue of Girl Talk or Mega magazine. Templates and instructions were available for pupils to complete five separate activities which, together, formed their own magazine – a celebrity feature, a review, a quiz, a storyboard and a front cover.

Pupils who completed at least three of the five activities were eligible to be entered into a prize draw and there was a bonus category for the best magazine.

Every school/setting that registered got a free poster that they could use to promote the competition, plus there were free magazines for the first 200 schools that registered! 

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What supporting resources were available?

Every school/setting that took part in the competition could access a whole suite of resources to enable pupils to produce their very own issue of Girl Talk or Mega magazine. These included:Quizzes screenshot

  • Instructions, templates and images for five activities, which together made up pupils’ own magazine. These were differentiated so teachers could pick the level most appropriate for their pupils
  • video featuring the Editors of Girl Talk and Mega magazines introducing the competition to pupils
  • An achievement chart for pupils to fill in each time they completed an activity
  • A class poster that could be displayed in the school to promote the competition
  • A certificate of achievement for all pupils who completed the activities

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What were the prizes?

The overall winner and runners-up will be chosen through a random prize draw in January 2016. Every pupil who completed at least three of the five activities was eligible to have their name entered.

Grand prize
One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An eReader
  • £50 in book vouchers
  • A one-year subscription to either Girl Talk or Mega magazine

Winner’s school
The school of the winning pupil will receive:

  • A visit from a storyteller
  • A one-year subscription to five Immediate Media magazines of their choice

Additionally, 10 runners-up will each receive a one-year subscription to either Girl Talk or Mega magazine.

Bonus category

In addition, each school/setting that took part in the competition could enter up to three of their pupils' completed magazines from each class into the bonus writing category. These entries are being judged by a panel including staff from Girl Talk and Mega magazines and the winner will be invited to the Immediate Media head office to meet the teams and learn more about how the magazines are put together!

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[1] Clark, C. (2015). Children and Young People’s Reading in 2014, Findings from the 2014 National Literacy Trust’s annual survey.

[2] Clark, C. (2014). Children and Young People’s Writing in 2013, Findings from the 2013 National Literacy Trust's annual survey.


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