Collins Big Cat Writing Competition

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Entries Close 21st December 2018

Collins Big Cat is a whole-school reading programme supporting every child on their reading journey from early phonic development to fluent reading.

We are challenging pupils from schools around the world to write a 300-500-word fictional story about bravery and courage in English. There are many fantastic prizes to be won, so look at further competition details below:

Competition Overview


The competition is open to and completely free for all schools to take part in different regions across the globe:

  • UK and Ireland
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Americas
  • Caribbean
  • Africa
  • Australasia



The stories will be judged by award-winning authors Chris Bradford and Joanna Nadin within 2 categories:

    • Category 1: Pupils aged 5 - 7 (UK Key Stage 1)
    • Category 2: Pupils aged 7 - 11 (UK Key Stage 2)

Schools can submit up to 2 entries each, 1 per category.

The competition will consist of a regional final where a winning school will be chosen in each of the eight global regions per category.

The regional winners will be shortlisted to compete for the Grand Final prize where one overall winner will be chosen per category.

Meet the judges here.


Regional finalists’ prizes:

    • Their story will be published on the Collins website
    • A Collins Big Cat goodie bag filled with books relating to the bravery and courage theme
    • £200 worth of Collins books
    • An engraved shield

As well as the above the Grand Final Winners will win:

  • A trophy for the school
  • Their winning stories getting transformed into a video, read aloud by a Collins Big Cat author

Enter the competition

To take part schools need to register their interest here.

Once registered, schools can then send their submissions in digital format only (Word document or PDF) to

We will also accept submissions of scanned works that include drawings and illustrations which will need to be accompanied by a typed-up digital version of the submission.

Submissions close on December 21st 2018.

The winners of both rounds of the competition (regional and grand final) will be contacted via email and will need to provide evidence of parental consent to the winning child's work having been entered into the competition. Winners will also be announced here in February 2019.

Terms and Conditions apply.


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