Brilliant stories are brought to life in children’s county-wide creative writing competition!

Inspired by the fantastic and carefully designed workshops delivered into classrooms by 9 leading children’s authors earlier in the year, over a thousand books have been written by Shropshire primary school pupils for this year’s Creative Writing Competition to bring Shrewsbury Bookfest’s Schools’ Week 2021 project to a triumphant close.

Year 5 teacher at St Winefride’s Convent School said of the project:

It was such a pleasure to see a pupil become so enthralled by writing, a boy who has always had interesting ideas, but never wanted to share them, now thrilled at the idea of painting pictures with words, vivid enough, to transport others to a different world.  The Bookfest project has been a tremendous inspiration to the children in my class; valuable beyond measure for one simple reason, that now they believe themselves to be writers.

Alice Carver - teacher at St Marys Catholic Primary school said of the project:

The children absolutely loved this writing project and all it had to offer. I had reluctant writers writing pages and pages and they really took pride in the book they produced.

A winner was selected from every school for each age group that entered (KS1 and KS2).  These winners then went through another judging phase to select the top four stories from each Key Stage.

Shrewsbury Bookfest is delighted to be able to announce the winners:

Rhea Cross from Whixall C/E Primary School was the outright winner for the Key Stage 1 group with her story “Ryan’s Winter Side’.  The judges commented; 

“A cleverly written story, very well thought out from beginning to end.  A great read, a real page turner and wonderfully illustrated and presented by Rhea.  She should be very proud of her work.”

Nella Devereaux from Castlefield’s Primary School, Bridgnorth was the outright winner for the Key Stage 2 group with her story “Time Travel”.  Judges said of her book; 

“Nella’s writing was incredibly mature and fluent, and this story was very well planned and constructed.  It really did have us turning the pages and trying to guess the ending.  It felt like a ‘real book’ that took us on an emotional journey with the main character.  Very well done Nella; thank you for writing this story for our competition.”

These and the runner up stories can be enjoyed by everyone as Shrewsbury Bookfest has produced a narration and film for each one which can be accessed at

The Schools’ Week 2021 project flourished throughout the pandemic, lockdown and school closures.  As Covid-19 raged through the community, causing schools to close during the Spring Term, thanks to some fast thinking, clever film skills and attention to detail, Shrewsbury Bookfest was able to pivot the planned in-school creative writing workshops by 9 children’s authors to produce instead 58 bespoke pre-recorded films for every class taking part.  This meant that the 1300+ pupils were still able to interact with and be mentored by some of the best and creative children’s authors in the land as they began their own journeys to becoming authors.

The result was the production of the most exciting and original writing from primary schools across Shropshire.

Huge congratulations to EVERYONE who took part – from the author-mentors, teachers, TA’s and all the pupils across Shropshire who didn’t let a mere worldwide pandemic stop them from working together to bring joy and creativity to the art of writing stories!