Bayard’s Writing Competition ( UK ) Dream Big and Write

Look at the picture below. What do you see? Now use your imagination and creativity to come up with a story and a title of up to 500 words from this picture.

Here are some questions to get your creative juices going.

  • What do you see in the picture? Where is it set?
  • What do you think is happening?
  • Where are the two kids going?
  • How are the kids feeling?
  • What adventures lie ahead for them?

Have fun and start writing. Good luck!


English writing competition
First Prize Winner
  1. A First Prize certificate.
  2. Two years subscription to a Bayard magazine of their choice (worth UK £120).
  3. One year subscription to a Bayard magazine of their choice to their school library (worth UK £65).
  4. A single May 2019 issue to be given to the winners' school classmates with a maximum of 30 (worth UK £130).
  5. Winner's entry will be published on website.
  6. Total Prize is worth UK £380.
2nd Prize Winner
  1. A second prize certificate.
  2. One year magazine subscription to the Bayard Magazine of their choice (worth UK £65).
  3. A six month magazine subscription to their school library (worth UK £34)
  4. Total Prize is worth UK £99.
  • Every child that enters will be emailed a Certificate of Participation for joining the competition.

The prizes are subject to availability. In the unlikely event of stated prizes being unavailable, Bayard reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of equal value. No cash alternative is available.

Rules & Requirements

  • Entry is free.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Competition is open to EU residents only.
  • Only one entry per person (and no group submissions)
  • The aim of the competition is to use the picture supplied as a starting place to write a story and give it a title. Maximum 500 words.
  • There are two categories: 5-7 years and 8-12 years old.
  • Entries must be submitted online by midnight on 1 January 2019.
  • Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Entries must be uploaded onto or emailed to
  • Entries must be in word format (.doc or .docx) or pdf format.
  • Entries received on paper or via post will not be accepted.
  • Please make sure every entry has you and your child’s contact details (see our registration form). This is to make sure we can contact you if your entry is chosen as a winner or for publication. Entries without contact details will be automatically excluded from participating in the competition.
  • We would like to use entries for publication and promotional purposes and kindly request Parents/guardians to sign and return the relevant authorization form
  • Individuals will be notified by email in the event of their entry being selected for publication on the website and their names listed there.


  • The entries will be judged by a panel made up from the Bayard team with the final decision taken by the Editor.
  • Competition winners will be announced on 1 March 2019 on our website and will be contacted via email.
  • Winning entries will be published on our website
  • The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decision.
  • The winner's entries, with their names and ages, may be used in publicity campaigns where the parents or guardians have given their consent.
  • Bayard cannot be held responsible if for any reason the contest is postponed, modified or canceled.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Dream Big and Write – Bayard’s Writing competition is organised by Bayard. Bayard has the right to alter the Competition and Terms or make exceptions without any prior notice.
  2. No entry fee is required, and rights to the story belong to the author.
  3. Bayard reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason, but in particular if any of the Competition Rules have been broken or if the material supplied is offensive and not appropriate.
  4. Bayard will not be responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion or any other problem arising in the submission of entries.
  5. By entering the Bayard Writing competition, you give Bayard permission to contact you with regard to the competition.
  6. Bayard retains the rights to any publicity or marketing activity, which they deem necessary to promote either the Competition or its entrants and their entries.
  7. No personal data relating to the Entrants will be disclosed to any third party without the express permission of the Entrants.
  8. The entries will be judged by a panel made up from the Bayard team with the final decision taken by the Editor.
  9. Bayard reserves the right to edit the entries as deemed necessary for publication.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact us at

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