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Letters from Lockdown Competition 2020

The results are in!

Congratulations to our winner!

Kumari age 9, Merrydale Junior School, Leicester

And congratulations to our two runners-up:

Maisie age 10, Rectory Farm Primary School, Northampton
Bella age 9, Dorchester Primary School, Worcester Park

Our judge, Sunday Times journalist Sian Griffiths said of the winning letter:
‘The thing that stood out for me was that the writer’s Mum worked for the NHS so on top of the shared childhood frustrations of lockdown such as boredom and not seeing friends, the writer had to cope with her Mum being on the frontline of the fight against Covid.’

Our Bookshow team praised the three selected prize winners, who will all receive a set of 10 books by Children's Bookshow authors and illustrators.

We loved the way Kumari expressed the experience of lockdown so beautifully; not seeing friends, hoping Covid would go away and also sharing another letter with us so we could understand more about her lockdown world. The happy news of the kittens arriving was illustrated perfectly with a cartoon style drawing of one of the black kittens with its big blue eyes, wide open.

The letter from runner up Maisie was beautifully presented, with her the use of the NHS rainbow colours and the 2 metre spacing rule and she also gave us a wonderful insight into life with her family in lockdown and message of hope.

Runner up Bella, packed so much into her short letter with joyful photos to illustrate not only her lockdown activities but also of the friend she missed.

Thank you to everyone that entered our Letters From Lockdown Competition. We’ve had lots of wonderful entries and we’ve loved reading each one. We hope you’ve all enjoyed being back at school with your friends and teachers and we hope to see you at one of our Children's Bookshows next year.


Kumari (Aged 9) Merrydale Junior School

The winning entry by Kumari


Maisie age 10, Northampton (Aged 10) Rectory Farm Primary School

The winning entry by Maisie age 10, Northampton


Bella (Aged 9) Dorchester Primary School

The winning entry by Bella


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.