Girls’ Speaking Competition

Run by Soroptimist International of Wales South, the heats for this girls’ speaking competition take place locally in March and April, though dates and venues are still to be confirmed. The aims of the competition are to encourage girls to play a more prominent role in public life, to help them develop the skill of speaking effectively, and to develop their self confidence and communication skills. The competition is open to girls aged 14 to 18.

The topics for the competition are:
• How relevant is the ‘rights of the child’ to young women in Wales today?
• Value of volunteering for young women and girls.

If you’d like to enter, please email Mrs Toovey and specify your chosen topic.


Young Writers’ 100 Words Competition

We’d love as many students as possible to enter this story-writing competition. The theme is ‘A Twist in the Tale’ and your story can be about anything as long as it’s only 100 words long. We send off our school’s entries together so please get them to Mrs Toovey by the end of term. The deadline is 20 December. Please see Mrs Toovey for an entry form. Click here for more information.

NACE Photography Competition

The subject for the competition is ‘The World we Live in’. Entrants can  capture any aspect of their world – busy streets, glorious scenery, home,  school, local events or scenes from further afield. They may attempt more  social comment on mechanisation, graffiti, law and order, terrorism or other  such controversial topics. Anything found on earth in the 21st century is  acceptable. 

        Entrants have scope to be  both creative and imaginative and capture a visual image that conveys some  aspect of our world. .

        The competition is open to all school pupils in two categories, Primary and  Secondary and closes on Friday 31st January  2014
        The prize will consist of the winning photo in each category being made  into a canvas print. (Winners will need an electronic version of their  photo) . More details can be found here.

Poet of Pontypool

This is a great competition and in previous years some of our pupils have been shortlisted and invited to attend the awards ceremony to read their work aloud.

The competition is open to anyone living within the area of Torfaen and the title of the poem needs to be “Helping Hands”. The poem can be up to 30 lines long.

Please post or email entries to:

Poet of Pontypool, Pontypool Community Council, 35A Commercial St, Pontypool NP4 6JQ

Closing date: Friday 14th June

Foyle Young Poets Award

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2013 is now open for entries. Poets aged 11-17 are invited to submit their work. The competition is free to enter and poems can be of any length and on any theme. Individuals may enter more than one poem, however we strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poems and send only a selection (we suggest no more than 6-8 absolute maximum) of your very best. The top 100 poems will be chosen and published in a mini anthology. The closing date for entries is 31st July 2013. Click here for more information.

Matilda Writing Competition

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is staging Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’ as a musical in the West End, and has launched a competition called ‘Write Here, Write Now with Matilda’.

The challenge invites students aged 8-13 yrs to create a new character at a particular point in Matilda’s story: her first day at Crunchem Hall. Students can create a short scene or write a song for their new character, or create a scene with a song.

Six scenes or songs will be selected for a performance by members of the current West End cast at London’s Cambridge Theatre on 11 June 2013. Students and their class will attend this very special performance and also win tickets to see that evening’s performance of Matilda The Musical. A further ten students will receive a Family Golden Ticket to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

For more information click here.

Commonwealth Essay Competition

Are you a writer? Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want your voice to be heard by others? If so, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is definitely for you. We encourage you to be creative in your response to our topics. You can submit a poem, letter, article, story, essay or even a short play. The choice is yours. Just get writing!

Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, it is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition. Past winners include Mr Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore and Elspeth Huxley.

The competition is free to enter and in 2012 over 1,000 young writers, from 245 schools, in 38 countries across the Commonwealth received an award for their entry.

Entrants are judged in two age groups, Junior (under 14 years) and Senior (14-18 years).

The closing date is 1st May 2013 and results will be announced in the autumn of next year. Click here for more information.