PDSA Animal Heroes Writing Competition 2017 – NOW OPEN!
Hilary Robinson, award-winning children’s writer, has teamed up with PDSA to launch our ‘Animal Heroes’ writing competition and celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day.
Her new book, Flo of the Somme tells the story of a dog who worked on the World War 1 battlefields, delivering medical supplies to injured soldiers. We decided to use the same important theme of animals who help for our 2017 competition.
Hilary’s written the beginning, middle and end of the story; Buddy saves the day. All you need to do is write your story, using the notes in each section.
Read more about Flo’s wartime experience (PDF - 117 KB)
Buddy came to live with twins, Jess and James, when their grandma moved into a care home. Think about…
What kind of pet is Buddy, what kind of personality does he have and what does he look like?
Why did Buddy’s owner (Jess and James’ Grandma) have to move into care home?
Did Buddy settle in well when he came to live with them or did he miss their Grandma? How could they tell?
Each day, Jess and James’ mum took Buddy to work with her at the Bishopdown Express newspaper. Everyone in the office loved Buddy. But one day, there was panic at the office when… Think about…
What happened at the office to cause panic?
What did Buddy do to help?
How did he ‘save the day’ and become a hero?
Jess and James’ Mum told Buddy’s story in the Bishopdown Express – ‘Buddy saves the Day'
What would’ve happened if Buddy hadn’t been in the office on the day?
How did everyone thank Buddy?
Was he given a special award for his help?
1st Prize - The winner will get a set of signed books by Hilary Robinson, an Amazon Kindle and VIP tour at one of our Pet Hospitals to meet Hilary, our vets, nurses and pet patients.
Runners-up - 3 runners up will each win a signed copy of Hilary’s latest book ‘Flo of the Somme’ and a special Pet Protectors goody bag.
Write or type out your story and send it to the Pet Protectors office before 26 May 2017.
Aim for about 1,000 words. Good luck!
Post to: Pet Protectors HQ, PDSA, Whitechapel Way, Priorslee, Telford, TF2 9PQ
Email to: email@example.com
Please include your full name, date of birth, email address and membership number (if you're a Pet Protector).
OPEN TO ANYONE AGE 16 OR UNDER.
Under 16’s PDSA Writing Competition - Terms and Conditions
Entrants must be UK residents under the age of 16 at time of the judging date and have permission from a parent/guardian to enter. Prizes will not be awarded if winners cannot prove they meet these criteria.
The 1st prize of an Amazon Kindle, set of signed books and VIP Pet Hospital tour to meet Hilary and PDSA vet and nurses and the runner-up prizes of three goody bags and a signed copy of ‘Flo of the Somme’ will be given to the four top entries shortlisted and selected after 30 May 2017. There is no cash alternative.
Winners will be informed by email by the 16 June 2017. Winners names will be published on the Pet Protectors website – www.petprotectors.org.uk/writing - and in a future issue of Animal Antics.
All entries must be received by 26 May 2017, and must be the young entrants own work. Only one entry per child and stories must be no more than 1,000 words. Entries must be submitted with full name, date of birth and email address, and if you’re already a Pet Protector, your membership number so we can add your points.
By entering you’re agreeing that PDSA can publish your story. It will only ever be used by PDSA, the author and their publisher and not passed to any other third parties.
Entries not submitted in accordance with the rules and incomplete or altered entries, will be disqualified.
PDSA reserves the right to refuse entry into the prize draw or award prizes where it suspects that supporters have acted fraudulently, illegally or breached any of these terms and conditions.
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