Collins Big Cat Writing Competition 2022
1st November 2021 to 30th April 2022
What does home mean to you?
Over the past year or so, our physical homes have become so much more than a place to rest and recuperate as well as a space to learn and grow. We have watched the world outside and explored from the safety of our screens, embarking on adventures from our living rooms and taking a role of both sheltered and sheltering.Submit your entries
If you found yourself needing to travel home during the past year, maybe your adventures have looked a little different this year but maybe that helped to make the homecoming even more sweet. Maybe If you sought to build a home for yourself this year whether online or offline and maybe this has presented some unique challenges and interesting twists to the story.
Whatever it is, we want to hear your response to the question, WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO YOU?
You can write us a story, a letter, a poem, a play; whatever it is, we cannot wait to read them.
Meet our amazing judges
Anne Fine is one of the most distinguished writers for children. She has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award, as well as the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Prize and numerous other regional and foreign awards.
Passionate about inspiring a love of stories in young people, Joanne Owen is the author of several books for children and young adults, among them the Martha Mayhem series, the Carnegie Medal-nominated Puppet Master, and You Can Write Awesome Stories, an activity-packed guide to creative writing.
Find out more about how to get started and take part
Creative Writing Packs
Download our Creative Writing Packs, filled with fun ideas and lesson plans here!Download here
Submit your entry
Once you've selected the two entries per category for your school, you can enter using our form here.Submit now
Creative Writing Webinar
Joanne Owen, our amazing author judge for this year's competition, takes us through some of her top tips on creative writing.Watch now
We've selected some of our favourite samples based around the theme to inspire your students' writing.Browse here