Leeds Castle BIG Story Writing Challenge

Children aged 5 to 13 years are invited to take part in the Leeds Castle BIG Story Writing Challenge by writing an original, fictional story of no more than 900 words. There are two age groups, 5-9 and 10-13. The closing date for entries is 6 March.

This year's theme is 'One Golden Day'. It’s inspired by an event that took place 500 years ago in 1520 when Henry VIII stayed at Leeds Castle with 5,000 of his courtiers. He was on his way to meet the King of France for a massive jamboree that has since become known as ‘The Field of Cloth of Gold’.

Leeds Castle was a royal palace at the time and it was in a key position between London and Dover. Just think what your mum’s reaction might be if you invited a couple of friends for tea and the fridge was empty. Think what it must have been like for the stewards of the castle with 5000 coming to stay and one of them was the King who was known to get pretty grumpy if things weren’t just right. We haven’t even mentioned all the horses and dogs or the luggage – no Easyjet luggage allowance for Henry VIII. Oh and fridges hadn’t been invented yet!

Let your imagination go wild on a theme of ‘One Golden Day’. Your story can be set in the past, present or future - it’s up to you!

You’ll have the chance to win some great prizes! The 20 talented finalists will be invited to the Grand Awards Ceremony on 29 May 2020. Join Clare Balding, one of the judges, in the Castle for this very special day when the two overall winners will be announced.

The winning story from each category will win:
• A stay at Knight’s Glamping
•Tickets to the Fireworks Spectacular 2020
• A hamper of fun prizes
• The full collection of Clare Balding’s children’s books
• Publication of the top stories on ‘Fonetti’ – the world’s first listening book shop.

To submit your story, visit www.leeds-castle.com/storywriting. Primary Times are media partners of Leeds Castle for the competition. So, go ahead and good luck!

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