Schools are shut. Reigate and Banstead Writes is open for entries.

The annual competition asks for tales from our towns by our youngsters.

Reigate and Banstead Writes is open for entries. We have received several entries already since opening our doors on 1st February. The original deadline day has now been extended until 10th April to allow more children aged 9-14 to scribe their 1,000 word story set in or around the local area.

These are strange and unsettling times to live through. Creative Writing can provide much needed thinking and processing space head space. Imagination and creativity are, arguably more important than ever. If you are self-isolating then this is a great creative initiative for your youngsters.

Stories can be of any genre: they can be funny, historical, or perhaps adventurous.  We are after stories set very clearly in our towns.

1st prize is an I-Pad kindly donated by the Community Fund for Reigate and Banstead. There are further prizes for 4 x runners up. The judges will also recognise a number of ‘highly commended’ entries.

Stories can be emailed to Kay at or posted to:

Reigate and Banstead Writes c/o the Warwick School, Noke Drive, Redhill, RH1 4AD. Stories that have been handed into other schools will be collected.

For entry forms click here and for full information click here.

GOOD LUCK and stay safe and well.

Reigate and Banstead Writes was initiated by Kay Hymas at the Warwick School in 2017.  We have received almost 1,000 entries since 2017.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Local Children’s Writer. Have done story workshops in schools and judged story and poetry competitions for schools and for newspapers. This sounds great. Would be happy to help with judging if you need an extra pair of eyes.

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