Conditions of Entry and other information

Students may write their short story on any idea that appeals to them.

  1. Stories by Year 3-4 students (Section 1) should not be longer than 500 words.
  2. Stories by Year 5-6 students (Section 2) should not be longer than 750 words.
  3. Entries should be typed in 12 Georgia font, on A4 paper size, with pages numbered.
  4. One entry per student, please.
  5. All entries should include
    • student’s name,
    • school,
    • year at school,
    • contact information:    phone and email
    • story title,  followed by the story.
    • Optionally, include your pen-name, only if you do not wish your story to be published under your real name.
  6. Entries must be student’s own work, unpublished and not having won any other competition.
  7. All entries need to be submitted as separate Microsoft Word documents and not as pdf, GoogleDocs or scanned documents.
  8. Entries should be emailed to: by Tuesday 5th April.
  9. Before sending an entry, students are advised to run a spelling check, re-read the story checking for grammar, paragraphs and punctuation and re-read again to check if they are happy with their story.

Other Information

Short-listed stories, that are suitable for young readers, will be published in the competition book.

A piece of writing that is utilising an established story, or a video with some changes made to that story, is unsuitable as an entry to this competition

Some tips to help you with your story writing:  

Checklists to help students to edit their story before the submission:

Please Note:  All personal contact information is kept confidential by Tell Me a Story competition organisers. The judges are only given access to submitted stories and grade at school.

 Story writing is fun! Be as creative as you like.

We look forward to reading your writing adventures.