Writing Competition

Centenary of WW1: writing competition – a message home

Would you like to take part in the City of Wolverhampton’s WW1 writing competition?

What is it?

To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War we are asking young authors in the city to compose a letter from a soldier to their family at home. The WW1 letter competition is for Key Stage 2 & 3 pupils in Wolverhampton.

The competition is completely free to enter Deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday 19 October 2018 .
The authors of the winning submissions will be invited to read out their letter at the Schools’ Poppies Remembrance Event on Friday 9 November 2018.

During the First World War, writing letters was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones.

‘The British Army Postal Service delivered around 2 billion letters during the war. In 1917 alone, over 19,000 mailbags crossed the English Channel each day, transporting letters and parcels to British troops on the Western Front. Soldiers wrote letters in spare moments, sometimes from front line trenches or in the calmer surroundings behind the lines. Censorship dictated what servicemen were permitted to disclose in their letters. However, in practice, men often found ways to impart information, and their letters offer a powerful and highly personal insight into the experience of war’ (Imperial War Museums).

The Letters
Pupils are invited to submit a letter on the theme of ‘life during WW1’. The letter should be written from the perspective of a soldier away at war as they write home to their family to tell of their experiences. The letter should be approximately 300 words for Key Stage 2 and 500 words for Key Stage 3. Letters can be written by hand or in Microsoft Word.
Alternatively, pupils may submit an audio recording, with their message and background sound effects. Digital entries should be no longer than two minutes. Please be mindful of the quality of the audio recording to ensure the pupil’s voice can be heard clearly.

The Judging
Submissions will be judged by our specially selected panel of judges including military personnel and veterans, as well as representatives from the City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Library, and West Midlands Lieutenancy.

The Winners
There will be two judging categories for the letter competition - Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Three finalists from each category will be chosen. Of the six finalists, two overall winners will be chosen – one from each category. Three finalists will be selected from the digital entries - with one overall winner.

The Prizes

How to Enter
It really is very simple to submit your entry.

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For more information contact:

If you have any queries with a digital entry,
please contact: Patrick Flynn pflynn@cloudw.co.uk

Please note: By submitting your letter/ audio entry to be judged in this competition, you give full permission for it to be used by the City of Wolverhampton Council - the author and school will be credited.