Little Echoes

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Little Echoes 2018

Little Echoes 3: Finding The Words – YOUR writing project is BACK!


Here at Writers in the Peak, we are preparing to publish our 3rd volume of Little Echoes – and YOUR writing could be included!


Do you like writing stories or poems? Maybe you like to write about real life or give readers information? Would you like to see your writing published in a proper book? Hundreds of children from local schools have already had their work published through Little Echoes. This year we want even more of you to get involved. Here’s what you have to do…


You can write a short story or poem or an informative, factual report or persuasive opinion piece.


How important are words? Have you ever been lost for words or couldn’t think of the right word? Maybe you didn’t know the name of something and needed to look it up. What if you searched in a dictionary and found the word had… DISAPPEARED?


Writer Robert Macfarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris recently got together to create a book about lost words. Concerned that some words had been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary; words like acorn, otter, bluebell, dandelion, newt and kingfisher, they wanted to bring them back and keep them forever. Robert was sad that children were staying indoors and losing a connection to the world around them. Jackie was worried that children didn’t need to name things from nature anymore and words like emoji, facetime and selfie were becoming more useful.

What words are important to you? You might have a favourite word you wouldn’t want to lose. How can you keep your words safe in case they too disappear or get STOLEN? Can you discover some lost (or new) words to fire your imagination?


You have an upper limit of 300 words, but you can write less than this! Your entry must be word-processed in a MicrosoftWord document that can be emailed to our judges – who might pick your entry as a prize winner! You can get advice from your teachers or someone at home, but your submission must be your own idea and you MUST write it yourself!


So what are you waiting for…? GET WRITING!




Please find the submission form by clicking on this link: Little Echoes 2018 submission form and kid’s info (003)


By completing this submission form you are giving consent for your child’s submission to be read and judged by members of Writers in the Peak and to be published in a volume available for sale WITHIN PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS ONLY. Please return the form to the school. Overall Gold Silver and Bronze prize winners and Highly Commended submissions from each participating school in Infant and Junior categories will be informed and identified within the published volume. All young writers submitting work within the guidelines set will receive a commemorative pencil and see their work published.


Closing date for submissions: FRIDAY 13th APRIL 2018


Prize winners will be contacted through your school. The published volume Little Echoes 3: Finding the Words will be available to purchase through your school from 04.06.18 at a cost of £4 per copy. There will be a prize winner’s ceremony on Saturday 14.07.18. Little Echoes is a non-profit making project supported by The Peak District National Park Authority via Writers in the Peak Entries will be published unedited wherever possible. Writers in the Peak reserve the right to edit submission content should it cause offence or breach existing copyright laws. Submissions exceeding 300 words will be automatically discounted. All entries MUST BE WORD-PROCESSED and emailed to no bigger than 14pt. Please choose a font that is easy to read. Every effort will be taken to replicate the author’s layout, particularly in the case of poetry.


School Contact Details

Calver Bridge, Calver, Hope Valley.

Derbyshire, S323XA


T: 01433630266


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