Heroes Story Writing Competition

Friday 4 December 2020 (00:01-23:59)

The University of Birmingham and the National Literacy Trust are jointly running a ‘Story Writing Competition’. Following on from the ‘How to write a female villain’ Story Writing competition in 2019, this year’s topic is ‘Heroes and Heroines’.

We’d particularly like you to think about how you create characters in a story. These characters can be entirely fictional or maybe you want to think about some of your life experiences with people. What we are looking for in the winning stories are depictions of characters that grip and engage your readers. 

The submitted stories will become part of the ‘Birmingham Stories Corpus’ (BSC) a collection of texts that we will use to study the language of stories.

The Story Writing Competition is open to individuals and to schools. It comes with materials that can be used in the classroom – including a handout on how to use CLiC to research features of fictional characters.

More information on the competition