East & South Notts and Nottingham

Final week to enter the National Young Writers’ Awards judged by Comedian and Author, David Walliams!

Final week to enter the National Young Writers’ Awards judged by Comedian and Author, David Walliams!

* Free writing competition for children aged four to 14 with the theme of HEROES

* Winners awarded a trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 of books for their school

* Best-selling Author and Comedian David Walliams is this year’s incredible judge who will surprise the winner at their school!

* Deadline to enter: THIS Sunday, 29th April, 2018

Children have just one week left to enter one of the biggest writing competitions of the year – The National Young Writer’s Awards! Organised by, tuition provider Explore Learning and judged by best-selling author and comedian David Walliams, it is one of the most hotly anticipated writing competitions for children in the UK. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Heroes’, and children are tasked with writing a 500-word story about their hero – whoever that may be – whether that’s a friend, a family member, a pet or a completely fictitious character – they want to hear from you!

This year’s judge, David Walliams has revolutionised reading for children and has become one of the most influential children’s writers today. Since the publication of his ground-breaking first novel, The Boy in the Dress (2008), Walliams has seen unprecedented growth. With the publication of ten novels, three short stories and six picture books, his global sales now exceed 23 million copies, and his books have been translated into fifty-three languages.

The winner will be surprised at a school assembly by David who will announce the National Young Writer of the Year and present them with a trophy, a trip to Disneyland Paris for their family and £500 of books for their school! Every child that enters will receive a certificate to celebrate their story, along with personalised feedback from one of Explore Learning’s inspirational tutors.

David says: “It is a real privilege to be named judge for this year’s National Young Writers’ Awards and I am so looking forward to reading what the brilliant brains of our country’s children come up with. To write is such a wonderful, creative outlet for people of all ages and competitions just like this one are a brilliant way of encouraging kids across the UK to take the leap and release their inner authors!”

The competition, which closes this Sunday 29th April, is open to all children aged 4-14 in the UK. Explore Learning encourages children of all writing abilities and confidence levels to enter!

The top 10 entries will also receive £250 worth of books for their schools from Letts Revision, plus a large print of the opening line of their story by QuirkyLime. Each of the regional winners will also win £50 worth of books.

It’s very easy to enter. Children are invited to pick up an entry form from their local Explore Learning or via explorelearning.co.uk/youngwriters. Simply hand the story back in, file online or send to Explore Learning’s head office at NYWA, Explore Learning, 74 North Street, Guildford, GU1 4AW. Don’t forget to include your contact information so they can get in touch if your child wins!