This year the Trust is holding The Canterbury Tales Writing Competition for school students around the country. Students are invited to submit pieces of original writing inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer’s most famous work: The Canterbury Tales.
Who can take part?
The competition is open all schools and college communities including pupils who are home educated and any other young people’s community organisations.
The three age groups are:
Junior – up to 11 years old
Intermediate – 12-15 years old
Senior – 16-19 years old
Age on 31 August 2017. Competitors must include their date of birth on the entry form.
Choose ONE of the following:
- Write a poem about a journey.
- Write a short “beast fable” (like the Nun’s Priest’s Tale) which explores an important issue through animal characters.
- Write a General Prologue entry for an imaginary pilgrim, based upon a modern day occupation. For example, “The Nurse”, “The Investment Banker” or “The Politician”.
- All answers may be in verse or prose.
- Think carefully about the language – choosing the words which best convey your intended meaning and message.
- You are encouraged to use everyday language and colloquialisms but if appropriate please include explanations in brackets.
- Think carefully about the characters in your writing and what they say about the world you live in.
The maximum word count is 500 words
All entries must be submitted by 31 January 2018
- All entries must be original and entirely that of the student (however, rewritings of existing stories are acceptable if sufficiently original in presentation and content).
- The decision of the judges will be final.
- The Trust and judges reserve the right not to award a prize in any particular categories if there are not sufficient entries or they feel that the entries are not of sufficient merit.
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How to Enter
You can submit your entry at www.chaucer.org.uk/submityourentry
Download Competition Details as PDF
Additional Instructions for Home Schooled Students
For further information please contact Dr Charles Farris at firstname.lastname@example.org