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British Council

 The Common Wealth Class Children's Short Story Writing Competition offers children a unique opportunity to play their part in the Commonwealth’s inspiring storytelling heritage. To tie in with the Commonwealth's theme of the year, students are invited to write a story on the subject of 'Peace'.

Learning about 'International Peace and Security' and what it means in today's world allows students to explore the theme even further. Get the whole class involved by using our dedicated resources to help bring the topic to life.

How to enter the competition

Participants must write a story set in their own country and can enter one of two age categories (7-10-year-olds or 11-14-year-olds).

The deadline for entries has now closed. 

For more information, story ideas and support to get writing, visit the Schools Online website

2016 Winners

The Commonwealth Class Story Writing Competition for Teachers invited entries for fictional stories for children from teachers around the world. This edition focused on the theme of ‘Belonging’. Shortlisted entries were judged by the former Children’s Laureate and multiple-award winning British author, Anne Fine.

Out of 130 entries,Ngozi Razak-Soyebi from Zamani College, Kaduna Nigeria came second overall with her fascinating story called ‘There’s always a first time’ which depicts struggles of an abandoned street child in Nigeria. 

Also in the top ten are:

  • Olamide Aluko (6th position) from American Christian Academy.
  • Peter Brown (8th Position) from Thomas Adewumi International College.
  • Vera Obiakor (9thposition) from Government Secondary School, Kubwa, FCT Abuja.


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