Young Wild Writer Competition

The competition

Hen Harriers are rare, iconic birds of prey that if we are very lucky we can see in Britain. But we also have other incredible wildlife all across Britain, from urban foxes to majestic golden eagles, and from wriggling earthworms to snakelocks anemones. What do you love? What inspires you?  We are looking for pieces of written work relating to any British wildlife. You can write a story, a poem, a piece of prose, an article, a diary entry… it’s up to you. Originality, creativity, understanding of your subject and the ability to engage the reader are what we are most looking for.

Go wild with your writing!

Your entry...

...must be a piece of writing about British wildlife (animals or plants including, if you wish, their habitats).

...must express your own ideas and be entirely your own original work.

...should aim to show originality and creativity and to engage the reader. Interest in and understanding of your chosen subject is more important than style or structure.

... must not exceed 500 words maximum (not including title).


There are three age groups:

Young (5-8 years)

Junior (9-12 years) 

Senior (13-16 years)

You should enter according to your age on 8 August 2020.

The competition is open to UK residents (including all pupils at school in the UK) and UK citizens (even if not resident).

You must have permission to enter from a parent or guardian.



You must submit your entry by midnight on 24 July 2020 at the latest. We cannot accept entries after that date. Nor can we consider changes made subsequently, so please make sure that the entry you submit is your final version.

We will notify the winner of each category by 3 August 2020 and the three winners, including the overall winner, will be announced on 8 August 2020 during Hen Harrier Day Online. Each winning entry will be read out on the day, with the overall winning piece being read by the well-known writer Michael Morpurgo.


The competition will be judged by Gill Lewis, the children's author, assisted by Liz Cross, Publishing Director at David Fickling Books.


Each age category will have one winner, so there will be three winners, from which the judges will choose a single overall winner.

Each of the three winners will have their entry read out as part of Hen Harrier Day Online, and will receive a book bundle from some of the best-loved children's authors.

The overall winner will in addition receive a visit by Gill Lewis to their school.


Only one entry per entrant please, which must be in English.

For this competition we cannot consider joint entries: one person's work only, please.

The immediate family of Hen Harrier Action trustees and those closely involved with organising Hen Harrier Day Online are ineligible.

The judges’ decisions shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unfortunately, we cannot undertake to give feedback of any kind.

Some of the prizes may have to be adjusted if a winner lives in a remote place or is home schooled.

By entering, you agree to your work being published by Hen Harrier Action on our website or other media, but only in direct connection with the competition and Hen Harrier Day Online 2020. You retain ownership of it.

By submitting your entry, it is understood that you have read and agreed the entry requirements, eligibility conditions and rules of the competition, and understand that your entry may be disqualified if it does not meet them.

How to enter

Please click here to go to a simple entry form.

Your entry can be hand-written or typed but must be legible. We can only accept entries online, and so you must use the attached form. Please ask your parent or guardian for help with this if you need to.