Thursday 24th September 2020

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Enter the WWF Tiger-tastic Story Writing Competition!

Children can help WWF spread the word about these precious, majestic big cats, and become a tiger protector by entering the WWF roarsome story writing competition!

How to Enter:
Write a short story (max of 500 words) about the tiger that appears in WWF’s TV advert. It can either be about the tiger before it is wounded and meets the family, or it can be about its journey after it leaves the family. Use your imagination – the story can be sad, funny or adventurous!

Watch the advert here!

Important Information:
The competition is open to children aged between 7-11 years of age. Please scan and send completed entries to or by post to:
Kellie Rollings
Schools and Youth Communications Manager
The Living Planet Centre
Brewery Road
GU21 4LL

Jeanne Willis' Top Creative Writing Tips:
1) A good story has a brilliant beginning, a marvellous middle and an amazing end. The beginning is where you set the scene and introduce your main characters. The middle is where the characters try and solve a problem. The end ties up everything neatly. There should always be a surprise.

2) Grab the reader's attention with an unforgettable opening sentence.

3) Show, don't tell. Instead of writing, "Jim was scared" make Jim behave in a way that shows he's scared. Does his hair stand on end? Does he go pale? Do his knees tremble?

Tigeriffic prize!
The winner will receive their own personalised ‘Tiger Protector’ story book along with a £500 book voucher for their school. Runners up will receive a tiger-themed goodie bag.

*Enter the competition here!*
The Judge:
The award-winning children's author of The Tiger Protector, Jeanne Willis, will be one of the judges for this competition. She has written over 400 titles across a career spanning over 35 years. (See her top creative writing tips below.)
Please ensure all stories are submitted before the closing date of 5pm on Friday 10th February 2017.
Please read the competition terms and conditions here.
Don't forget, you can also enjoy our WWF activities here!
4) Avoid long descriptions, such as describing the weather or what someone had for breakfast, unless it's important to the plot. Stick to the story and keep it moving - it sometimes helps to imagine it like a film running in your head.
5) Now the hard work begins! Leave your story overnight, then read it aloud. Imagine you're a judge marking it. Is it original? Are the characters believable? Will the reader care what happens? Keep tweaking and polishing until you get a tingly feeling when you read it back. That's how a story tells you it likes the way it's been written!
Good Luck!