D.H. Lawrence Children's Prize: Writing Competition

Submit your short stories, poems and non-fiction pieces for a chance to win a kindle and national book tokens.

The D.H. Lawrence Children’s Prize: Writing Competition

To celebrate World Book Day on 7 March 2024, the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is launching this year’s writing competition. The competition's theme is 'The Four Seasons.' Taking inspiration from D.H. Lawrence’s great love of the natural world and his ability to capture the changing of the seasons in words, entrants are invited to write a short story or poem or celebrating the ‘The Four Seasons.’ The D.H Lawrence writing competition 2024 picture of books stacked up, images of four seasons including flowers, autumn leaves, frosted tree and an ice lolly

Who can take part?

There will be 3 age categories; age 7 and under, age 8-11 and age 12-16. First prize in each category will win a Kindle, with runner up and highly commended prizes of up to £50 in National Book Tokens. Successful entrants will be invited to an awards ceremony at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum on 22 June 2024, and have their work entered into an exhibition for September.

Word count

The maximum word count is 500 words.  There is no minimum word count.


All entries must be submitted by 10 May 2024.

Prize Winners notified by 7 June

How to enter 

Submit individual entry online  (opens in a new window)

Submit school entry (opens in a new window) 

For postal entries please click here to download a PDF submission/ entry form. 




D.H Lawrence Birthplace Museum
tel: 0115 917 3824