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Two age categories: 8-12 & 13-16

Entry: Free

Max word count: 500 words

Language: English

Theme: Border Reivers. Be creative. Write in any genre or style.

ROUNDS & DATES (Judging panel reserve the right to tweak these if required)


Round One31st October – Long list announced

Round Two15th November – Short list announced. Short list goes to editor.

Editorial suggestions returned 1st December – Stories returned for re-write.

Re-write due15th December. Sent to finalist judges.

Winners announced14th January 2022

Anthology published – Hawick Reivers Festival, March 2022 – Date TBC

E-copy and paper copy publication – W.J. KITE publication prizes will vary

Terms & Conditions

  • By submitting using the Writing Tournament form you agree to the following:
  • A maximum one entry per month, per person, is allowed.
  • Full names of entrants will not be used for promotional material without prior consent of parent/guardian.
  • Stories must be in English.
  • Entries without a completed entry form will not be deemed eligible.
  • Age of entrants are 8-16.
  • Entries must be submitted by a parent/guardian.
  • Mentorship must be provided only in terms of assistance with seeding of ideas, story structure and final proofing.
  • Receipt of entry will be acknowledged via email.
  • By entering the tournament you agree to the stories being used as per the prize structure outlined on website.
  • Entrants will join the newsletter mailing list for tournament updates and updates on judges, the editor and W.J. Kite


The winning and shortlisted entrant’s work will be published in the Writing Tournament anthology and any entry may be read out on the Youtube channel. Parents/guardians will be notified regarding a Youtube reading.


By entering this competition you acknowledge that your name, entry and submitted information, in relation to the award, may be used in “Writing Tournament by W.J. Kite” publications, and for future promotion of the competition.