Short Story Competition

We all have extraordinary imaginations, and we all have stories within us. To celebrate our magical production of Skellig by David Almond, Nottingham Playhouse are launching a Short Story Competition with truly special prizes.

We’re looking for short stories of up to 500 words by budding writers of 8-16 years of age. The entries will all be read by members of our creative team.

Competition Prizes

For the overall winner: a unique audio recording of your winning story read by David Almond, a family ticket for the production of Skellig, a copy of the book signed by David Almond and a signed programme.
Winner (aged 8-11): a family ticket for the production of Skellig and a signed programme.
Winner (aged 12-16): a family ticket for the production of Skellig and a signed programme.
There will be one winner from each school class that enters: each will receive a family ticket for the production of Skellig and a signed programme.

Some great advice from David Almond:
“What I do is play around and sketch what might be in my story. If you draw things as well as writing them, it helps your imagination to grow. If you want to write, get a notebook and start to play and experiment. Then you won’t be scared of the blank page. Don’t write to try and impress somebody else, write for yourself. Write your own story, your own way.” David Almond

How to take part

Applicants can make their submission by using the online entry form, which includes a button to upload the story in Word format. If applicants are unable to access the online entry form, postal submissions will be accepted.


• The deadline for making a submission is Sun 24 Mar.
• One entry per applicant
• Written in English
• The age of the applicant must be 8-16 years of age
• Maximum of 500 words
• The short story must be typed, not hand written
• Include the title at the top
• Please do not include the author’s name on the story, this is to be included in the entry form only.


Save all the stories in one Microsoft Word file and upload all stories in the online entry form in one go. Please remove children’s names, number each story and keep your own record of which story belongs to each pupil. When we select the winner, we’ll let you know the number of the story and title of the winner’s story. Complete the Schools Online Entry Form and submit the stories here.
Alternatively submit by post to the address below and include this form.

Postal entries:
Postal entries should be submitted to Michael Radford, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, NG1 5AF. Include the entry form. Please note that postal entries cannot be returned.