Year 5 Story Competition

We’re inviting Year 5 children to write a story and enter our exciting competition, which will be judged by broadcaster Mary Nightingale.

The theme is kindness.

We’re looking for stories that show how we can be kind to each other. They can be about people or animals; set in the real world or imaginary lands; be funny, serious or whimsical; adventurous or gentle.

To enter, children must be in year 5 now or have been in year 5 when the competition opened in July, and stories can be any length between 100 and 1,000 words.

The writers of the winning entry will have their story published on the CWMT website, receive a printed copy and have their story illustrated by CWMT’s Annabelle Martin who has illustrated this page.

The closing date for entries is Friday 15 November and the competition will be judged by broadcaster Mary Nightingale, who is a patron of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

Read more below, or download the full information as a PDF:

How to enter:

  1. Entrants should write their story – remembering to give it a title!

  2. Their name should be clearly written at the end of the story, together with their home or school address, age (in years and months) and a contact email or ‘phone number

  3. It can be sent to us in one of three ways:

  • By email to with ‘Story competition’ in the subject box,

  • By post to Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Rear Office, First Floor, 32 High Street, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 3JD

  • Online: click the box below and simply paste your story into the text box provided.

Entries must reach us by 5.00pm Friday 15 November 2019.

The prize

From the entries submitted, a panel of judges will draw up a shortlist of outstanding stories, from which the winning story will be selected. The judges’ decision is final and to the best of CWMT’s knowledge will be fair and independent.

The writers of the winning entry will have their story published on the CWMT website, receive a printed copy and their story will be illustrated by CWMT’s Annabelle Martin who has illustrated this page. There is no alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable, and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.

Submissions the competition will be accepted from 12 July 2019 and the closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm on Friday 15 November 2019.

Terms and conditions


By entering, all entrants agree to abide by each and all of these Terms and Conditions


  • One entry per author

  • Entrants must be in year 5 now or when the competition opened in July 2019

  • Stories must be written in or transcribed into English

  • Stories must be between 100 and 1000 words

  • Entries may be submitted by the author or by his/her representative.

  • Stories that do not include the child’s name, age or contact information are not eligible for consideration.

  • No entry can be returned. However, there will be an automated acknowledgement of receipt for entries.

  • The winner will be determined by the appointed judges and contacted personally by email or by telephone.

  • The winner will be announced on Monday 2 December.

  • The story should be original and entirely the author’s own work.

  • Entrants retain the copyright in their entries but grant CWMT permission to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and on social media platforms.

  • By submitting an entry, entrants agree to the story being published and available to view by the general public.

  • Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.

  • CWMT will not be liable for any failure of receipt of entries.

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