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Explore Learning Writing Competition for ages 4-14


Closing date: 05-05-2019

The National Young Writers’ Awards is set to once again give children a chance to wow the world with their incredible writing, as well as 2019’s judge Alesha Dixon! The competition, organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning, has been running for eleven years and has inspired hundreds of thousands of children across the UK to get creative and write their own short story.

The theme for this year is ‘a chance to change the world’. Children are tasked with writing a 500 word story all about how they could change the world, whether that be making a change to save the planet, becoming a superhero, exploring time travel or anything else they can imagine!  

Alesha Dixon has been an inspiration to children throughout her successful career encompassing singing, dancing and trail blazing success as a judge and presenter on programs such as Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Got Talent. Alongside these achievements, Alesha has also written very popular children’s books – Lightning Girl (launched in April 2018) and Lightning Girl 2: Superhero Squad (September 2018) about a 10 year old girl who discovers her superhero powers!  Spreading a positive message of empowerment and self-reliance to young school girls across the country.    

The winner of the competition will be announced during a surprise in which Alesha will present them with a trophy, a trip to Disneyland Paris for their family and £500 worth of books for their school!  Every child that enters will receive a certificate to celebrate their story, along with personalised feedback from one of Explore Learning’s inspirational tutors.

Alesha says: “I am really looking forward to reading all of the imaginative ways the children of this country would change the world in 2019’s National Young Writers’ Awards. Having written stories myself, I know how rewarding it is and really hope they will take as much pleasure from it as I have. This is a great way to capture young imaginations and encourage thinking about bigger issues while developing their writing abilities.’’

Children can enter the National Young Writers Awards now! The competition will run from Monday 11th March to Sunday 5th of May and is open to children aged 4-14 anywhere in the UK. 

To kick start the children’s ideas Explore Learning will be running a number of free creative writing workshops in their centres.  These workshops will feature local authors and heros to help inspire the children’s stories.  They will also be running free writing workshops in libraries and schools all over the country – encouraging everyone from the passionate to the reluctant!

Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning says: “We are thrilled to have Alesha Dixon as our judge for 2019.  Her Lightning Girl series is so popular with our members at Explore Learning and we are sure that she will inspire lots of children across the UK to have a go at entering the competition in the hope that their creativity will impress Alesha!  We are so excited to be open for entries now and can’t wait to read the incredible stories the children of the UK come up with!” 

It’s very easy to enter - children are invited to pick up an entry form from their local Explore Learning or enter online via Simply hand the story back in, file online or send to Explore Learning’s head office at NYWA, Explore Learning, 74 North Street, Guildford, GU1 4AW.  Don’t forget to include your contact information so they can get in touch if your child wins!

Sarah Mitchell, Head of Letts Revision, says: “Letts is very happy to be once again be involved in the National Young Writer Award’s and help children as they strive to unleash their creativity and improve their writing. We are again donating book prizes to all the regional winners and top 10 schools in the Nation Young Writers Awards get, we hope this will continue to inspire children to seek to improve their writing and unleash their potential.’’

Karen Wilcox from QuirkyLime, says: “We are over the moon to be involved with the National Young Writers Awards and think it is a fantastic way for children to explore their hopes, dreams and imaginations. At QurikyLime we have seen the effectiveness of drawing and creative writing to give children a much need outlet for their creativity, giving them the freedom to explore independently alongside their more structured lessons. The creativity this competition inspires in children may well be what starts tomorrow’s innovators and creators on the path to success.’’

Previous judges of the National Young Writers’ Awards have included some of the UK’s most prolific authors like Steve Backshall, Cressida Cowell, Lauren Child, Liz Pichon, Jonathan Meres, Andy Cope, Alan Durant as well as David Walliams. Last year’s winner was 8-year-old Mia Falatoori from Churchfields Junior School who won the title with her story which you can read here, as well as seeing her joy at meeting David Walliams.

Throughout the competition Explore Learning will be providing some top writing tips from their creative writing team, previous winners, judges and best-selling authors via their website and social media.  They will also be hosting a collection of free downloadable information on their website that can be used at home or in the classroom.  Finally, they will be as running free workshops with local libraries, schools and community groups to inspire children’s love of writing and support them with their entries.  For more information visit 

Explore Learning are an award-winning English and maths tuition company with 144 centres located all over the country.  Over 35,000 children aged four to 14 attend their centres each week and over the course of the last 18 years have helped over 200,000 children.  Explore Learning’s aim is to help every child reach their full potential and get the best results they can, developing a generation of fearless learners.  

For more information about the National Young Writers’ Awards visit

Once you have your story ready, please visit the Explore Learning website and submit your entry using the form provided.

NB: Do not enter your story onto the Raring2go! website as it will not be included in the list of judged stories. You do not need to be a Raring2go! member to enter this competition as all entries are made via the Explore Learning website.

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Terms & Conditions

Competition closes on 5th May 2019.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the Explore Learning website.

The standard terms and conditions below do not apply to this competition as all entries are made via the Explore Learning website as stated above.

Raring2go! will randomly select winners from all correct entries.

The winners name, postal address and or email may be forwarded to the company providing the prize for the sole purpose of prize delivery, please ensure your contact details are up to date so that we can notify you if you win.

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