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Suffolk Libraries launches 'My Suffolk Story' children's writing competition

Suffolk Libraries will be launching a children’s writing competition called ‘My Suffolk Story’ as part of the Festival of Suffolk.

The theme of the writing competition will be Suffolk and the environment, with a prompt of ‘What do you love about the outdoors in Suffolk?’ to get children inspired.

The competition will have three categories for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 students with a winner and runner-up to be announced for each category. The competition is aimed at children aged 5-14.

Entries can include short stories or essays.

Head of Content and Resource Development Paul Howarth said:

“We are excited to be launching this as part of the Festival of Suffolk and want children to celebrate all that they love about the county and its natural environment. Libraries are all about inspiring creativity, and we are really looking forward to reading all the entries as they come in.”

The prize for first place will be a tablet, with the first runner up receiving a £50 book token and the second runner up receiving a book token worth £25 for each age category.

Children have until the end of June to submit their entries, with the winner to be revealed on 15 July. Entries are to be submitted on one side of A4 to their local library or sent via email to

Suffolk Libraries is also fully behind BBC Radio Suffolk’s ‘Clean for the Queen’ event to tidy up Suffolk ahead of the Platinum Jubilee. Clean for the Queen will take place from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May. If you fancy joining in and giving your community a tidy-up, email