British Council Commonwealth Class Story Writing Competition

Publish Date: Nov 07, 2016

Deadline: Nov 14, 2016

Commonwealth Class Story Writing Competition

What does the word ‘Belonging’ mean to you? 

All sorts of images might pop into your head - maybe of your family, friends, country, or perhaps even of your favourite sports team! It might not be an image at all, but a particular emotion, memory or sensation. 

Capture what ‘Belonging’ means to you by putting pen to paper or fingertips to keyboard and submitting your story to our Commonwealth Class story writing competition.

The competition is open to teachers and students aged 7 to 14 from Commonwealth countries and is a wonderful opportunity for you to add your voice to the Commonwealth’s rich storytelling heritage through writing and illustration (and, of course, be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes!)

Get your creative juices flowing by heading to the Commonwealth Education Trust's River of Stories website and exploring their inspiring, beautifully illustrated range of stories and poems from around the Commonwealth. Stories can be submitted electronically and by post, so go ahead and be as bold and innovative as you like.  

Good luck!  

Entering the competition

The competition is open to teachers and students attending/working at a school recognised by the government of a Commonwealth country. 

The deadline for story submissions is 9:00 AM on Monday 14 November 2016.

Entering the Commonwealth Class story writing competition couldn’t be simpler: 

  1. Scan, take a photo or save a PDF version of your story;
  2. Complete the competition entry form and upload your story
  3. Read and tick the box to indicate you have read the competition terms of reference (see 'Documents' section at the bottom of this page) and submit everything by clicking the 'Submit Form' button. 

If you prefer, you can post a hard copy of your story and entry form to the following address: 

Elaine Nesbitt

British Council

The Boat, 7th floor

49 Queen’s Square



Northern Ireland

All the information you need to write your story is outlined below, but don't hesitate to get in touch with us at if you have any queries. 

To APPLY click "Further official information" below.

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