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Create our next children’s book!

Are you 7 – 11 years old? Deaf? Do you love reading books and have a great idea for a story?

You can create our next children’s book!

Your mission?

To write a 200–800 word story which has a deaf character/s!

The winner will get to work with Sarah Driver, the talented author of The Huntress trilogy, to turn their story into a real-life published book!

The runner-up will win £150 in book tokens for their school!

Your story could be read by our amazing head judge, author of The Gruffalo and Freddie and the Fairy, Julia Donaldson.

The judges will be looking for:
  • an original story
  • interesting characters
  • must have a clear beginning, middle and end.

How to enter!

See these instructions in our video in British Sign Language (BSL) with subtitles and voiceover!

Pick one of the options below:

Write it

Write your story on A4 sheets of paper (lined or plain, it doesn’t matter)! When finished, post us your story in the mail to:

Information Team
National Deaf Children’s Society
Ground Floor South
Castle House
37 – 45 Paul Street

Make sure when you send your story, put your details in the envelope too!
and pop it in the post box.
  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your level of deafness
  • Your School
  • How can we chat to your parents/carer? This an be email, phone or whatever is easy for them!
When you are sending your story, you need to write that you have read our terms and conditions and privacy statement!

Here are the terms and conditions

Type it!

Click below to enter your story and your details!

Sign it!

Film yourself signing your story!

You can do this using a smartphone or any equipment you have to hand, maximum 5 minutes long.

Go to wetransfer, attach your video, put our email in the first box, add your email in the next box and share a message with your contact details (as mentioned above)


With all entries, make sure to include: your name, age, level of deafness, address, school, contact details for your parent/carer/teacher and confirm you’ve read our terms and conditions and privacy statement.

The closing date is 30 April 2019, make sure you get all entries in before then!

Three top tips

  1. Picture yourself stepping into a bookshop, you pick up a book telling the most exciting story ever, giving you goosebumps. What would that story be like? How would you tell it?
  2. Let your imagination run wild! Stuck on ideas? Try daydreaming to help ideas come to you.
  3. Be the boss of the words, don’t let them be the boss of you. Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar, you won’t be judged on that! Remember you can always change it later, like professional authors do. When you’re telling your story, relax and have fun! If you have fun so will your readers!

For more tips on how to tell your story, you can watch our video and download our parent or teacher’s guide from our website

We will contact you and your parents in June to tell you if you’ve been successful!

Questions or need help? Just contact us!

If you don’t have access to the internet call our Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text) and they can send you a copy or read them out to you.

Terms and Conditions.

  1. You must be deaf* and aged 7-11 to enter the competition. *We use the term ‘deaf’ to refer to all types of hearing loss from mild to profound. This includes deafness in one ear or temporary hearing loss such as glue ear.
  2. You must live in the UK.
  3. Only one entry per person, there’s no limit to the number of entries per school.
  4. The story must include one or more deaf characters.
  5. Entries will not be judged on spelling, punctuation or grammar but on originality, characters and story.
  6. Stories must be your own work and your own original ideas.
  7. You must include your contact details as well as your name and age.
  8. Entries must be 200-800 words long. Videos can be up to five minutes.
  9. If you enter by video, we must be able to clearly see the signing or hear your voice. You may use Sign Supported English (SSE) or British Sign Language (BSL). We will use an interpreter in order to judge these entries.
  10. The closing date for all entries is Tuesday 30 April 2019, unfortunately we will not be able to accept any entries we receive after this.
  11. The judging panel will include authors, a young deaf person, a parent of a deaf child and experts at The National Deaf Children’s Society. The judges’ decision is final.
  12. The winner will work with Sarah Driver and The National Deaf Children’s Society to turn their story into a real-life book. Edits will be made to the story before it is published.
  13. The runner-up will receive £150 worth of book tokens for their school.
  14. The National Deaf Children’s Society will publish the winning story, all money raised from sales will help us to create a world without barriers for deaf children.
  15. You agree that should you be successful in the competition, you will register as a member of the National Deaf Children’s Society if you are not one already.
  16. The National Deaf Children’s Society will use the information you give us to run the competition, will look at whose taken part and to get in touch with winners. For full details on how we process your data please read our privacy statement

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