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 in conjunction with 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.

The six winners receive signed copies of this year’s Branford Boase shortlisted books.


  • The competition opens on Thursday 2nd February 2023.
  • Entries must be submitted before 9.00am on Tuesday 30th May 2023.
  • 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.

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