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Creative Writing Competition – All Year Groups

Attention all creative writers!

The library is running a writing competition, open to all year groups, prizes will be gift vouchers to be used at The Marlow Bookshop.

There will be three prizes for different age groups.

  • Years  7 – 8
  • Years  9 – 10
  • Years 12 and above

Who has the imagination to take themselves to a different world, have adventures and return to those at home none the wiser?

The title of your piece (between 250-500 words) should be ‘Escape’ and the only rule is that it will be a portal fantasy. One of the most famous portals of current times must be platform 9 3/4 known to all Harry Potter fans.

There are many portal fantasy books

  • Alice in Wonderland – falls down the rabbit hole.
  • The Subtle Knife – parallel world called Cittàgaze.
  • The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – the Pevensie children fall into the magical land of Narnia through a wardrobe.
  • Inkheart – you read a book to engage with a different world.
  • Coraline– an old door leads to a creepy alternate universe.

You can leave your house or garden by any means possible, what will your portal be, where will it lead, who will you meet, what if any will the consequences be….
If any student needs guidance on how to go about this please email the info box which is monitored every day. Plan, re-write and ask for feedback from any available person you can speak to or contact.
We are looking for original plotting, characters you can engage with and care about. Aim to create a well rounded story that is thought through and full of imaginative imagery.

Please email entries to

Closing date will be Tuesday 30th June

Winners will be announced on Monday 13th July

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