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


Kid Lit Story Writing Competition 2023


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 2022 Pantomime, Dick Whittington.
    • 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 2023 opens at 8am on Monday 8 May 2023 and closes at 8pm on Friday 7 July 2023.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 12 July 2023 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)*