Creative Writing Competition

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Creative Writing Competition for Key Stage 1, KS2 and KS3 Children

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery hosts the annual #ATownExploreABook creative writing competition and invites you to visit and search for a painting or object that represents a journey – what words come to mind when you look at it? Write them down or record them to use as a starting point for your creative writing.

Submit up to 150 words of creative writing by 28 March 2023 at

#ATown ExploresABook23 is a reader-led festival of creative responses to a heritage book in St Leonards on Sea. The book choice for 2023 is Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole.

Describe a JOURNEY inspired by Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands

Mary Seacole was a medical practitioner, business woman and traveller. She is best known for her journey to Crimea in the 1850s. This festival marks the 200th anniversary of her first solo journey from Jamaica to London as a teenager.


Books donated by National Literacy Trust hub in Hastings

A voucher donated by Hastings Thrives

A voucher donated by Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

There are many ways to approach your creative writing. You might explore a journey you have taken far away or in your own neighbourhood, a journey in your mind or the journey a fictional character might take. Share your personal creative approach: write in poetry, prose, with pictures.

It's your choice!

The shortlist for KS1, KS2 and KS3 will be publish on the museum and festival web site on Tuesday 11th April 2023.

The winners in each age range will be announced at a live event on Sunday 16th April, 2023.

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