WRITING COMPETITION: Deep in the whispering woods…

The competition is now closed. The winners will be announced here soon.

We are so excited to announce our very first Fish in a Tree short story competition!

Have you ever taken a moonlit stroll with a runaway troll?
Do you know what lurks beneath the leaves?
 Can you tame a flying flumbletoft? 
We want you to get outside and have fun exploring the whispering woods,
then use your awesome imagination to conjure up a splendid story!

We promise to read every single story.

A selection of stories will be chosen from each age category (*see Ts and Cs) and published, by Sojo Publishing Mouse, in a beautiful book.
The book will be sold in Waterstones and lots of other fabulous bookshops. This means that heaps of people get to read your brilliant story!
Not only that, a percentage of sales from the book will go to a fantastic children’s charity- The Flying Seagull Project

Please read the terms and conditions below really carefully.



Terms and conditions:

  • All stories must start with the words- Deep in the whispering woods…
  • Stories can be handwritten or typed. If written by hand, the original copy must be kept, after scanning and sending by email .
  • Only one story per entrant. Each entry must be wholly written by the child.
  • Stories must not exceed 600 words. There is no minimum word count.
  • Entries cannot be returned.
  • *There are three age categories – age 5-8, age 9-12, age 13-16*
  • Simple illustrations can be sent on a separate piece of paper, drawn in pencil or a thin pen. Some of these will be included in the book.
  • UK entries only.
  • All entries must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 31st October 2018.

Send your entries to:


Please include your name and age.

(You MUST keep the original safe, if sending a handwritten copy)

Remember, you may send illustrations but they must be drawn with a sharp pencil or a thin pen.

Your Judges:

  • Jeanne Willis – Author of The Bog Baby and over a hundred other gorgeous books.
  • Andy Cope- Author of the Spy Dog series and many more. He is also the founder of The Art of Brilliance.
  • Richard Gerver – Former Headteacher turned bestselling author and international speaker.
  • We can’t wait to read your stories!




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