Writing about a personal experience can be a really good way to express your feelings about what has happened, to reflect on the situation’s highs and lows, to recognise how well you have dealt with the lockdown’s challenges and how you have adapted to change, and to reward yourself by thinking about what you are looking forward to when the situation improves.

If you feel that you would like to write creatively about your lockdown experience, a national competition, ‘Generation Lockdown’, is inviting young people aged between 7 and 17 to do just that.

Your entry could be in the form of a poem, story, diary extract or any other creative written form, but must be 700 words or less.  You will submit your entry online, and you will need to get parental permission to enter if you are 16 or under.

The competition runs until Friday 17 July, and will be judged by well-known published authors including Cathy Cassidy, Lisa Heathfield and Ross Welford.  Winners in each age group will have their work published in a book called ‘Generation Lockdown Writes’, and will be invited to a book launch to meet the judges.

Sales of ‘Generation Lockdown Writes’ will raise money for the Book Trust, a charity which does great work in supporting family literacy across the UK.

If you are interested in entering the competition, find further details and get great tips here: https://generationlockdown.co.uk/