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Rewrite History Challenge

 

This month Bedfordshire Archives Service launches an exciting creative writing competition for local students. 

 

The competition is free to enter and is open to all Year 5 to Year 13 students studying in Bedfordshire.

 

To inspire pieces of creative writing Bedfordshire Archives’ Learning Officer has looked into the archives and selected a number of historical sources including photographs, letters, paintings and even an extract taken from a book of ghost stories.

These historic sources have been compiled into an information pack to download.

 

All students need to do is pick one of the sources for their age group and use it in a short story of no more than 500 words, or a poem of no more than 20 lines. The content of the piece is up to the writer but it must refer to the relevant source in some way.

 

Two finalists will be chosen from each of the four Key Stages and there will be two overall winners, one from Key Stages 2 and 3 and another Key Stages 4 and 5.

 

Winners will receive £20 in book tokens and a further £100 in tokens for their school. The top 20 stories and poems will be compiled into an anthology which will be available to purchase from the Bedfordshire Archives Service.

 

Children’s author and illustrator Kate Milner, winner of the 2016 Victoria & Albert Museum Student Illustration Award, will judge the entries of the eight finalists and decide on the two winner pieces. Kate’s new book, My Name is not Refugee, is due to be published in May 2017.

 

The deadline for entries is 10th February 2017 and winners will be announced in April 2017.

 

Further information, including the teacher packs containing the archive sources, are available here.

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