Aged 9 – 14? 10 Days Left to write a ‘Tale about your Town!

Pick up your pen or load up your laptop and let your imagination fly. Don’t miss out on entering your story in this years round of Reigate & Banstead Writes, the short-story competition that asks youngsters to write about where they live.

The competition has received its first batch of stories and they are cracking. Still struggling what to write and where to set it? Below are some ideas.

What are the strange lights hovering over Redhill Common? What secrets is the Wray Common Windmill hiding? Have an army of cats taken over Earlswood? Is that the ghostly outline of a WWII plane taking off from Reigate Hill? Can the wildlife that live on Banstead Downs talk?

Stories can be magical, or set in the past, they can be about a family day out , a park trip with friends or visiting a local landmark. They can be scary, adventurous or mysterious. All we ask is this; your original 1,000 word story must be clearly set in Reigate, Redhill, Merstham or Banstead and the villages in between.

What you waiting for? Stories can be handed into the Warwick School, Redhill or emailed to

The judges will announce their winners by 16th July.

For an entry form click here

To read the 2017 winning story click here

Reigate and Banstead Writes was established in 2017. It is the brainchild of Kay Hymas, Its previous three rounds have attracted almost 1,500 entries.

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