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St Gregory's Catholic Primary School

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Years 5/6

Write Your Own Historical Fiction Competition 2020

One of the key attributes of historical fiction is that it has a convincing setting in a past time and place. Students can set their stories in ANY period or place in the past, so the story can fit in with and extend any historical topic you may be studying.


What are the judges looking for?

Stories in each category are shortlisted by panels of student readers. The shortlist is then judged by our primary and secondary expert panels. Judges are looking for:

  • Historical accuracy – even down to the choice of names characters are given and any props additional to the historical setting
  • A riveting read with a good plot!
  • A convincing story - i.e. is it plausible that these events and/or this character could have existed at the time?
  • Use of historical knowledge to feed the plot, context and character
  • Effective use of historical vocabulary and literary conventions, including where dialogue is included in the story
  • Creative and interesting perspectives of story-telling. In the past we have received an entry telling the story of a siege from the perspective of the castle!

Entries must be received by Friday 26 June 2020.


You can read past primary winning entries:



Winning students will each receive a cash prize of £25 and an engraved Bath Aqua Blue glass paperweight. Schools will receive a year’s FREE subscription to the HA. Across Years 5 and 6 there will be two prizes for the best individual story. There is also a prize for the best fictional historical character in a convincing historical setting.

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