D.H. Lawrence children’s writing competition returns for World Book Day 2024

07/03/24 - Short stories and poems written by children could be in with a chance of winning a kindle and national book tokens, as the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum’s Children’s Prize: Writing Competition launches for the second year to celebrate World Book Day on 7 March.

Taking inspiration from Eastwood born D.H. Lawrence’s great love of the natural world and his ability to capture the changing of the seasons in words, this year’s theme is the ‘Four Seasons.’ This year’s competition’s entrants age 16 and under are invited to write a short story or poem inspired by the ‘Four Seasons’ 

Entrants should submit a short story or poem on the theme to be in with a chance of winning a prize across three age categories;

  • Aged 4- 7
  • Aged 8-11
  • Aged 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.

Winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum on Victoria Street, Eastwood on the 22 June 2024 and have their work displayed in an exhibition in September, as part of the annual D.H. Lawrence Festival.

Entries close on 10 May 2024 and can be made online or by postal entry. Winners will be notified by 7 June 2024 and invited to the award ceremony on 22 June 2024.

More details and terms and conditions can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/lawrencewritingcompetition

Carolyn Melbourne Museum and Collections Officer at The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum said “I am so pleased that we are running the competition again this year as it was very successful last year. It will launch on World Book Day 7 March 2024. The quality was so high last year that the judges had difficulty choosing the winners! This year we are looking for poems and stories under 500 words using the theme of the four seasons. We want children to take inspiration from D.H. Lawrence and be creative in their writing.”

The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is where this literary legend was born on 11 September 1885. Only 30 minutes from Nottingham city centre, the Museum is a must see for fans of literature, and for those wanting to delve deeper into Nottingham’s literary heritage.

Step back in time to experience the traditional Victorian wash house, see the parlour; a room only for special guests, feel the warmth of the fire in the kitchen and have a wander around the parental and other bedrooms. The museum’s permanent exhibition features items from Lawrence’s family and even paintings created by the author himself.

Find out more at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/dhlawrencemuseum 

Communications Team