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Letters from Lockdown Competition 2020

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Following its Letters from Lockdown project, The Children's Bookshow is running a competition for 7-11 year olds.

Write your own Letter from Lockdown and you could win a trip to London to meet author and illustrator, Bruce Ingman. Bruce will meet you at Tate Britain, then take you on a boat to Tate Modern, where you’ll have tea with Bruce and the Publishing Director of Tate Publishing. You'll also receive ten free books.

Two runners-up will also each receive ten free books.

This year's Judge

Our judge this year is Sian Griffiths, the Education and Families Editor at The Sunday Times newspaper. Sian spends a lot of time writing articles for the newspaper or working on the latest book that she's writing. In her spare time, she loves swimming in the chilly waters off the Welsh coast. Sian can't wait to see your letters, so get writing!

What do I have to do?

We want you to write a letter about what you've been doing and feeling during lockdown and your hopes for the future. It should be approximately 100 words on an A4 sheet in your own handwriting, and we'd like you to illustrate or decorate it. Please include the date, place, your name, age, and the name of your school.

If you need some inspiration, have a look at all the Letters from Lockdown written to us by our authors and illustrators.

How to enter

You must be resident in the UK be aged between 7 and 11 years old:

You must include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your school

Email an electronic version (either a scan or photo) to

and send the hard copy to Children’s Letters from Lockdown at the address below:

Send your entries to:

The Children's Bookshow

9A Peploe Road



Closing date:

Friday, 30th October 2020

Entries received after this date will not be accepted.

Terms & Conditions

Instructions form part of the rules. The winning entry is the one judged to be the best and the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

The trip to London will include travel for two adults and one child, and accommodation will be provided on a family room, bed and breakfast basis.