Michael Morpurgo Creative Writing and Art Competition

To celebrate the Michael Morpurgo: A Life Time in Stories exhibition, we are running a creative writing and art competition in partnership with Somerset Libraries.

Using the Seven Stories exhibition and the stories of Michael Morpurgo as inspiration, we are looking for your most terrible tales, magical mysteries or amazing adventures.

Within Michael’s books, there are four common themes; Friendship, War, Farming and the Countryside. Your story must draw on one of these themes using no more than 500 words. It must have a Somerset twist to the story, using either a location or even an object from The Museum of Somerset.

For the budding artists we are looking for your own take on a Michael Morpurgo book cover. It can be designed on the computer, in pencil, pens or even watercolour.

For both competitions, there are two age group categories; 8-11 and 12-14.

Prizes for Creative Writing

The winner of the creative writing competition will receive a limited edition, framed War Horse poster, four Michael Morpurgo books, a personalised creative writing kit,  books for the winner’s school library, and an official winners certificate.

There will be three runners up, each will receive a selection of Michael Morpurgo books, a limited edition framed War Horse Poster, and an official runners-up certificate.

Prizes for Art Work

The winner of the art competition will receive a bumper artists pack of materials, a selection of Michael Morpurgo books, a limited edition framed War Horse Poster, and an official winners certificate.

The three runners up will receive a selection of Michael Morpurgo books, and an official runners-up certificate.

Not sure where to start?  To stimulate your creativity visit your local library and borrow a Michael Morpurgo book or reserve a copy free of charge via www.librarieswest.org.uk

Take Part

To enter, all you need to do is put your story/artwork in an A4 envelope with your name, age and a contact email/phone number*.  You can hand your entry in to The Museum of Somerset, or any Somerset library.

Competition opens Monday 14 May

Closing date Friday 29 June

Winners will be announced by Friday 20 July

*Entries must be submitted by an adult with parental consent

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entry to this competition is open to persons who will be aged between 8 and 14 years on the 29th June 2018 who are full time residents of the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). Entries must be submitted by an adult (parent/guardian or teacher) on behalf of the child; this adult must have parental consent. This adult may be asked, with parental consent, to provide proof of age, identity and eligibility. Entry will be in two age categories – ages 8 to 11 years (on 29th June 2018) and 12 to 14 years (on 29th June 2018).
  2. Entrants must write a fictional short story (no more than 500 words in length) or design a new piece of artwork for a Michael Morpurgo book. Entries are to be submitted at a local Somerset Library or the Museum of Somerset. The responsible adult submitting the story on behalf of the entrant, will be asked to provide the entrant’s name, their age along with a contact number and email, also to ensure that they have parental consent to do so.
  3. All stories should be submitted in English.
  4. We can only accept stories which are 500 words or fewer, please ensure you have the correct wordcount before submitting.
  5. By submitting an entry you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions set out here.
  6. The adult may be the child’s parent, guardian or teacher. The adult must provide their own contact and personal details (not the child’s). Teachers submitting stories on behalf of pupils must seek parental consent and if requested, provide evidence of a consent in the event of an enquiry or complaint.
  7. For the shortlisted entries, if permission to enter was given by a teacher, the SWHT will contact the teacher and ask for confirmation of permission from the entrant’s parent or guardian.
  8. Entry opens Monday 14th May and will run until Friday 29th June
  9. Entries can only be entered individually. Only one story per child is permitted and the story must be wholly written by the child; stories cannot be written by more than one person. If more than one entry is submitted, only the child’s first submission will be considered.
  10. Entries in to the art work competition and the creative story writing is permitted.
  11. Entries must be an original piece of fiction and not an account of real events – either historical or current. However, stories can feature well known public figures from present day or from history, take place in historical eras (e.g. the English Civil War) or use real-life experiences as a creative springboard as long as the story is FICTIONAL.
  12. Entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy. Unsuccessful entrants will be contacted in respect of their entry but no feedback on any entry will be provided.
  13. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The SWHT accepts no responsibility if entrants ignore these Terms and Conditions and entrants agree to indemnify the SWHT against any claim by any third party from any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  14. Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material
  15. Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant to the SWHT a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and on any other platforms yet to be envisaged. This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by the SWHT, to fulfil the prizes and to complete the administration of this competition.
  16. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:  – Originality- Plot- Characterisation- Language- Enjoyment-Four themes outlined, war, farming, friendship, countryside-Somerset link
  17. The SWHT reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions, or to withhold a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.
  18. The SWHT reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  19. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories is from  ‘Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books‘ and supported by Arts Council EnglandNewcastle Culture FundHarper Collins Children’s BooksEgmont publishing and Walker Books.