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Kid Lit

Kid Lit is The Courtyard’s Children’s Literacy Project supporting our community in promoting literacy, creative writing and writing resilience following an unprecedented time in our children’s education.

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”    – Frederick Douglass

The Kid Lit project includes a 500 word short story-writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 12. There are 2 age categories: 5-8 and 9-12.

The stories can be about ANYTHING  – pirates, dinosaurs, superheroes, nurses, secret agents….. The list is endless, but the content must be fictional.

All entrants must write an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it using our online form.

Stories will be judged on their enjoyment rather than punctuation, grammar and spelling to make it accessible for all abilities. A full list of judging criteria is available in the Competition Rules document. Please download and read this document before submitting an entry.


Kid Lit 2022 Competition dates


Competition opens: Monday 23 May 2022, 8am

Competition closes: Monday 18 July 2022, 8pm (entries submitted after this will not be considered)

Competition winners announced: Wednesday 20 July 2022


Entries must be submitted using the form below. 

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