Reading Competition 2019

write a story • win a chance to get it published • get it made into film

Reception to Year 6

To all you young writers ask your teacher or parent to go through this with you so that you know exactly what we are looking for.

For your age groups we need a story under 500 words.  Use any props you like, and create any characters you wish - young, old, male, female, human, animal even alien.  

Some of our winning stories will be made into films so think about where you set your story, keeping in mind that filming will be in May 2020 so you need to think about what the setting will be like then. I know the English weather is unpredictable but we aren't likely to have snow then so no stories with snow scenes will get the chance to be made into a film - nor will a story set in a desert! 

As well as outside locations you may set a scene in any one of the following -  a bookshop, a butcher's, a pub, a fashion boutique, a charity shop, a greengrocer's, or a private house. You should keep in mind however, that we are looking for stories that can be made into films so the fewer scenes there are the more likely your story is to be selected.

The authors of the stories made into films will be offered the chance to work with the director to make their films - if their parents consent and will chaperone them. A professional crew and actors will work with the Director.

Your entry may be handwritten (though make sure we can read it) or word processed, but we do need a paper copy, not an electronic one. If you are entering through your school we will collect your story. If you are entering independently of your school you will need to send your story, with an entry form attached, to 'Screen Your Story', 27 Bracken Gardens, SW13 9HW by January 31  2020


Before you enter the competition you must be registered. If you are entering as part of a school project then either your teacher or parent must register you - Register School. If you are entering independently of the school then a parent/guardian must register you - Register Individual.

Entries must be in by January 31 2020

Any further queries may be sent to

Entry Requirements:  All entrants must accept the terms and conditions laid out in the Terms and Conditions section.  Submitting an entry to the competition will be taken as acceptance.

Download the entry form here.


‘Bullseye’ from an original story by Evie Kimber. The Old Vicarage School

Winner: Best Original Script.

Best Voice Over

Best Actress

‘Wolves’ from an original story by Bertie Mead. Lowther Primary School

Winner: Best Costume

Innovation Award

‘A Race to Remember’ from an original story by Rohan Shaunak. The Mall School

Winner: Best Original Story

Best Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Best Use of Props