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Schools Programme - Competition

Appledore Book Festival Writing Competition 2020 Results


Firstly, a huge thank you to The Bideford Bridge Rotary Club, who donated a generous £450 so that the competition could run, and to David Ellis and Alfred Lees who gave their time to judging.

Congratulations to all those who entered the competition last year. There were 55 entries in all, ranging from age 5 to 18.

Of course things were different this year; many entries came during the first lockdown when students were at home so we were really pleased and impressed to receive such a wide spectrum of creativity. Many chose to write on the given topic - 'Things were different back then' - but many submitted their own titles, in either poetry or prose.

We had serious, thought-provoking work on the changes wrought by the pandemic through to modern mythology, creative flights of fancy and expressions of sheer joy in response to personal reading. We were especially enchanted by our Key Stage One graphic response to ‘Oi Frog’. It certainly made us want to go straight out and read it!

Key Stage 2 presented us with a very hard job in judging the winner this year with so many fascinating entries. Many writers were Highly Commended.

Key Stage 3 also presented its challenges with high levels of creativity and content, marred only by a fairly frequent avalanche of adjectives where one well-chosen one would do!

Book tokens were sent to the schools and this year we left it to schools to arrange their own presentations, rather than the usual Rotary presentations. Congratulations to all our winners and runners up. Data protection does not permit names to be published.

KS5 WINNER : Petroc; RUNNERS UP: Bideford College and Petroc

KS4 WINNER: Chulmleigh Community College; RUNNERS UP: The Park Community School x 2 pupils

KS3 WINNER: Chulmleigh Community College; RUNNERS UP: Chulmleigh Community College and Braunton Academy

KS2 WINNER: Appledore Primary School; RUNNERS UP: Chulmleigh Primary School and Ilfracombe Junior School

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ilfracombe Junior School, Bradworthy Primary, Appledore Primary School and Chulmleigh Primary School

KS1WINNER: Great Torrington Bluecoat Primary School, RUNNERS UP: no runners up.



Our ‘GET CREATIVE’ competition is open to children and young adults aged 4 to 18 years.

To enter:  Send us the best poem, story or other prose piece that you have written since January this year.  It can be about anything you would like. (You can go to any time, place, age, world, wherever your imagination takes you!) 

There are prizes of:

  • Waterstones Book Tokens for each Key Stage 1 - 5.
  • Winner: £25
  • 2 Runners up: £20 each
  • School Library Winner: £25

Key Stage 1 entries may be any creative response to a story or poem, e.g. an illustration.

The Rules: 

  • Prose: up to 500 words
  • Poetry: up to 300 words 
  • All work must be entirely your own.

Deadline: Friday 22nd October 2021

Winners announced by email

Send your entry, along with the downloaded entry form to:

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