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Reigate & Banstead Writes 2020


Are strange things happening in your town?

Are you a future novelist? Do you have a story to tell about your local town? 

You could write about ghosts in the Belfry Centre, an army of ducks taking over Priory Park. A day out with friends around Reigate or something mysterious on Earlswood Common..

You must be aged between 9 – 14 (roughly school years 4 – 8)

Stories should be no more than 1,000 words but can be shorter and contain a beginning, middle and end.

Entries are open now! Collect your entry form from your school, Waterstones, or the public library!


  • The idea of the competition is simple. We want children to write an imaginative and wonderful story that is clearly SET in our local area (the Reigate and Banstead borough boundaries) or clearly refers to local landmarks and buildings throughout. Previous winners have set stories on Mercers Lake in Merstham, Reigate Castle and Reigate Hill or have clearly referred to local streets, building and monuments.
  • The competition is open to children aged 9-13 (school years 4 -8), who live or go to school in Reigate and Banstead.
  • Stories must be fictional and not an account of real events.
  • Stories can be any genre; funny, historical, adventurous, fantasy or magical.
  • Should be no more than 1,000 words, (but can be less).
  • Teachers or librarians may use this as a class activity but students must write the story themselves.
  • Stories can be handed into a named member of staff (Your school will let you know who this is) with an entry form attached 
  • Alternatively entries can be submitted to R&B writes c/o of the Warwick School. Noke Drive, Redhill (FAO KAY HYMAS). Stories can also be emailed.
  • CLOSING DATE IS 31st March 2020. Stories must be submitted to their school 
  • Stories will be sifted by local teachers, librarians and others against the following criteria:
  1. Is the story clearly set in the local area?
  2. Originality and enjoyability – is it a good read? 
  3. Writing style. The story must have a clear beginning, middle and end.


The top 30 stories will go before independent judges who will select the winners. 

Winners Presentation June 19th at The Harlequin Theatre

FIRST PRIZE of an IPAD, with great runner up prizes. 

Click HERE to download entry form.