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The Belfry supports local children’s prize writing competition

Are you aged between 9-14? Do you live or go to school in the Reigate and Banstead borough? Could you write a story about your local town in no more than 1,000 words? 

If you’ve answered yes to all the above, then enter an exciting prize writing competition NOW! 


The idea of the competition is simple: write a fictional story that is clearly set within the Reigate and Banstead borough or refers to local landmarks, buildings and streets in the borough. Previous winners have set their stories on Mercers Lake in Merstham and Reigate Castle.

Funny, historical, adventurous, fantasy or magical – your story can be any genre you like.


Grab an entry form from your school, or at Waterstones in the Belfry Shopping Centre, your local library or downloadable below! 

Before you enter, check:

1.     Is your story clearly set in the local area?

2.     Originality and enjoyability – is it a good read?

3.     Writing style – your story must have a clear beginning, middle and end.

4.     It’s no more than 1,000 words.


Complete and attach an entry form to your story and hand it into your school, or post to:

FAO Kay Hymas, R&B Writes, c/o the Warwick School, Noke Drive, Redhill, RH1 4AD. You can also email your story to


Closing date: 30th June 2021.

Stories will go before a panel of independent judges who will select the Reigate & Banstead Writes Competition 2021 winners.

Visit here for details and T&Cs.

Good luck!