Story Writing Competition

Thank you to everyone who sent us their stories for our 500 words writing competition. We had such incredible take-up for this project, from families as well as local schools, we decided to extend the closing date so as many people as possible to take part.

We chose one winner in the younger age category (under 10) but we had trouble settling on just one winner in the older category (over 10) so we awarded joint-winner status to three writers.

The competition brief was for youngsters to write their own story, themed and inspired by the iconic Victorian period (1837-1901).

Each writer needed to use the Victorians, or even Blists Hill Victorian Town, as the inspiration for their story. Investigate amazing Victorians, imagine what life would have been like over 100 years ago, and invent marvellous adventures. The story might include detectives or time travellers, robots or explorers... the sky's the limit!


We will be publishing an e-book with the top 25 stories included later in the summer and the four winners will be invited to read their story on video during a visit to the Museum.

These are the four winning entries. Enjoy!

An act of courage

Read the winning story in this category by 9 year-old Marius here.

The reflection

Read the joint category winner by 14 year-old Saunerani here.

when the tunnel collapsed

Read the joint category winner by 13 year-old Jamie here.

THE song that saved someone's life

Read the joint category winner by 11 year-old Chloe here.