Write Stuff Guernsey Literary Festival

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A writing competition for students

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Write an imaginary 300 word story inspired by the theme of freedom

What does the word FREEDOM mean?

For you, it may mean the beginning of the summer holidays, being outside with friends or spending time in Nature. Perhaps it might even mean being able to use an electronic device for as long as you want!

Whatever your feelings about FREEDOM, you need to think of the most interesting idea for a short story that illustrates the idea of FREEDOM with imagination, style and emotion.

So, imagine an idea for your story now.

Should your story about freedom be about an astronaut on a spacewalk?

Or should it be about a prisoner trying to escape from prison?

Or perhaps it is about someone who just wants freedom to be themselves?

Whatever you decide, you need to write your short story in 300 words and impress the judges with your original take on this theme.

Fantastic Prizes

  1. First

    £50 cash, the 2020 trophy and a certificate

  2. Second

    £25 cash and a certificate

  3. Third

    £25 cash and a certificate

All winners receive an original illustration inspired by your story by Ginny Morgan and your story published and illustrated on the website.

Books for the winners!

Each winner will receive a signed copy of a book by one of our Festival writers.


Huw Lewis-Jones

Head Judge

Huw Lewis-Jones, who was educated in Guernsey, is the author of books which include Across the Arctic Ocean, Explorers’ Sketchbooks and the Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands. Huw is a Guest Curator of the Guernsey Literary Festival.

Onjali Q. Rauf

Senior Category Judge

Join Blue Peter Book Award and Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize winner Onjali Q. Rauf as she speaks about her best-selling book The Boy at the Back of the Class and introduce her latest novel The Star Outside My Window. Hope, friendship and bravery abound in these stunning stories, for children between 8-12.

Neal Layton

Intermediate Category Judge

Neal is the award–winning author illustrator of The Tree and the non-fiction picture book A Planet Full of Plastic. He will explain where plastic comes from, why it doesn’t biodegrade and why that’s dangerous for animals and humans alike. But he’s also full of ideas that will get young lovers of nature- age 5-8- excited about how they can make a difference to keep Planet Earth happy.

Andy Riley

Primary Category Judge

Andy Riley is an author, cartoonist and screenwriter. He will deliver a big bag of fun as he tells you all about his King Flashy Pants book series, comedy adventure stories full of cartoons, for children between 5-10.

The filter judges were Tony Booth and Guille-Allès Library staff Adam Bayfield and Rachel Wyatt. Tony Booth and Anne Wilkes-Green supported local schools with the competition.

Get Inspired

Each year we set a different brief and receive hundreds of amazing entries. You can read the previous stories below.