Scribe Tribe Young Writer

Scribe Tribe Young Writer Competition

Closing date EXTENDED: Thursday 4 June 2020

Award-winning children's and YA author Ali Sparkes and Hampshire Libraries have teamed up to find the Scribe Tribe Young Writer of 2020.

The Challenge:


Entrants must be aged between 9-14 and will need to submit an original story or poem of up to 400 words. They must chose from ONE of the following challenges: 


Start a story with the sentence:

It was lockdown week seven… and then… out of the blue…


Or write a poem starting using ONE of these three opening lines:

The view from my window

If I could travel anywhere

Where have all the loo rolls gone?

What could I win?


Three finalists will each receive three signed copies of their choice from Ali Sparkes' back catalogue, plus feedback from the writer herself about their submitted work.


As well as receiving signed copies of the entire Night Speaker series, the winning writer will also be awarded a first prize of a free place at one of Ali Sparkes’ writing courses to be held at the Winchester Discovery Centre. 


As even more of an incentive, an anthology of the best submissions will be published online. You’ll be able to download the anthology using our free BorrowBox app which has thousands of books and audiobooks to download for free.

How to enter:


Submit your entry via email or by messaging us on Facebook before the closing date of Friday 5 June. Please include your name, age and school in your email, as well as your submission (of no more than 400 words). 


About the author


Ali Sparkes is the winner of two Blue Peter Book Awards: "Book I Couldn't Put Down" and "Book Of The Year" for her book Frozen in Time.

Her books also include The Shapeshifter series, Out of this World, Unleashed series, Dark Summer, Frozen in Time, Wishful Thinking, Destination Earth, the Monster Makers series, and S.W.I.T.C.H.


Discover many of Ali's books available on our free digital library app, BorrowBox.


Launched as part of Ali’s programme of online creative writing tutorials, Scribe Tribe Snacks, the competition is designed to recognise budding young writers with sparkling imaginations.

Competition terms and conditions

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