Young Storyteller in gold hat at Yorkshire Festival Of Story

Settle Stories: Teaching The Art Of Storytelling, so we can all make a difference

Unleash imaginations and encourage young writers with Yorkshire Festival of Story’s annual children’s story competition
July 8, 2023

Settle Stories are an independent arts charity, doing the most amazing stuff in one of the most rurally isolated parts of the UK.

The organisation's mission is to collaborate with exceptional artists to create transformative experiences for people and communities. Stories are one of the most powerful ways to engage, inspire and move people to action and Settle Stories teach the art of storytelling so all of us can make a difference.

Presenting stories through events, one of Settle Stories most innovative projects is their creation and curation of the Yorkshire Festival of Story, the largest free online storytelling festival globally. Additionally, the charity's Learning Programmes connect people and enable the disinvested to have a voice.

Settle Stories Children's Story Competition 2023 Poster

For 2023 - to further promote and encourage story writing among young people, the charity has launched an exciting writing competition set to change worlds. Children, aged 7-11 years, are encouraged to write a story of up to 500 words about this year’s theme - 'A Day that Changed the World'. Stories can be based upon a day that did change the world, or be completely fictional.

Sita Brand, CEO of Settle Stories, is clear: "The opportunities to bring forth dreams and ideas that could change the world are endless - and we can’t wait to read the entries."

The competition judge this year is award-winning children’s author and storyteller – Atinuke. Atinuke has published over 20 children’s books, mostly set in Nigeria, which have won her 4 literary awards. Her best-selling book, Anna Hibicus was voted Best Children’s Book of the Year and won the Bank Street College Award, CCBC Choices Award, made the Boston-Globe Honour Book and was shortlisted for the UKLA Children’s Publishing Award.

With prizes that include monetary book tokens, signed books and personal feedback from Atinuke herself, the competition is set to be fierce. Each sign-up to the competition will receive a twenty-page learning resource, packed full of tips and techniques to inspire young writers and help them create the best stories possible.

The deadline for the competition is 29th September, so start encouraging young writers to think about what kind of story they’re going to write.

To sign up and to find out more about the amazing prizes on offer for the winners, PLEASE CLICK HERE