The Chaucer Heritage Trust was founded in 1992 and aims to further interest, understanding and appreciation of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, his life and times and influence.
The Chaucer Heritage is hosting its seventh annual writing competition for schools inspired by the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, considered by many to the father of the English Language and England’s greatest medieval poet.
The special theme of the competition this year is ‘Being Part of a Group’.
Who can take part?
The competition is open to all students of school age including not only those in schools and college communities, but also students who are home educated and in any other young people’s community organisations.
The three age groups are:
- Junior – 5-10 years old
- Intermediate – 11-14 years old
- Senior – 15-18 years old
Age on 29 February 2024. Competitors must include their date of birth on the entry form.
Choose ONE of the following:
1. Write a poem or story about being new to a group.
2. Write a story or poem about being part of a group and what happens when a new person joins it.
3. Write a poem or story about a group working together.
- Your writing should invoke the spirit of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.
- All entries must be in English.
- 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. There is no minimum word count.
All entries must be submitted by 29 February 2024.
- 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).
- Only one entry may be submitted per person.
- Collaborations will not be considered for prizes.
- The school portion of each prize is available only to schools in the United Kingdom.
- While the Trust cannot offer the school portion of each prize to parents or guardians of home-schooled students, such winners may nominate a library for the Trustees’ consideration. The decision of the Trustees will be final in these matters.
- 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.
|Category||Prize for the Winning Entrant(s)||Prize for the Winning Entrant’s School Library|
|Junior (5-10 years old)||1st £300|
|Intermediate (11-14 years old)||1st £300|
|Senior (15-18 years old)||1st £300|
How to Enter
You can submit your entry at http://chaucer.org.uk/submityourentry/
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