Henrietta Branford Writing Competition

From Branford Boase Award

Resource type: Competition

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is a short-story competition for young people aged 8-18 that runs alongside the Branford Boase Award.

Young writers are provided with a theme or an opening paragraph set by the winner of the Branford Boase Award for the previous year and are invited to continue the story. Entries can be any length up to 900 words. The theme for this year’s Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is Making an Unexpected Friend and is inspired by 2022 Branford Boase Award winner Maisie Chan’s book Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths.

Read the six winning entries for the Henrietta Writing Competition 2023 here.


  • The competition opens in February.
  • Entries must be submitted by the end of May.
  • Winners are announced in July.

Cost: Free.

About the Branford Boase Award: The Branford Boase Award was set up in 1999 in memory of award-winning author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase.

Further resources:

  • Find out more about the Branford Boase Award.
  • Find more poetry and creative writing competitions for young people here.

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