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.

“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”

Beatrix Potter

Kid Lit Story Writing Competition 2024


All entrants must pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length. Stories can be about ANYTHING you want. Pirates, dinosaurs, superheroes, nurses, secret agents….. The list is endless!

Stories will be judged on their enjoyment so don’t worry if you struggle with spelling and grammar.

There are two age categories: 5-8 & 9-12. 

Both category winners will receive:

    • Two tickets to The Courtyard’s 2024 Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty
    • A signed copy of a children’s book.
    • A goody bag of treats.
    • And… winner’s stories will be published on The Courtyard’s website for everyone to enjoy!

One runner up from each category will also win a signed copy of a children’s book and a goody bag of treats!


Kid Lit 2024 opens at 8am on Monday 8 April 2024 and closes at 8pm on Monday 8 July 2024.

Winners will be announced on Friday 12 July 2024 on The Courtyard’s social media channels.


Please download and read the Competition Rules here (or from the Downloads tab) and then submit your entry by using the form below:

Kid Lit Submission Form

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Child's Name*
Adult Name (submitting story on behalf of child)*