Annual Argyll & Bute Primary Writing Competition

In 2011 CAST renovated and relaunched an important art collection held within our schools and last year we ran a successful writing competition using the collection as inspiration.

The competition now OPEN and in its second year and we are delighted to announce it has continued support from Scottish Book Trust.
There will be first, second and third prizes of books for pupils. The winning pupil’s school will also receive £250 worth of books. Winning pieces will be posted online as part of the Argyll Collection website and on SAL.

This year’s theme is INSIDE or OUTSIDE MY HOUSE

Who is the competition for?

The competition is open to all primary schools wthin Argyll & Bute.
Entries are invited from second level pupils.

What do I have to do?

Teachers are asked to encourage your pupils to write a piece of imaginative prose (short story) inspired by one of the works in the collection and incorporating the following theme:

Let your pupils choose one image from a group of 6 pictures.
The 6 images can be viewed by visiting the website
and going to the ‘competition’ section. Click on the image thumbnails at the bottom of the page then click ‘next’ to run through them. They can be displayed on your whiteboards/screens. Right click on any image to save to your computer.

Each school can submit up to 3 pieces, to be decided in any way you chose – why not run a mini competition?

Language, length and presentation
As a guideline, pieces should not significantly exceed 800 words.
Less is entirely acceptable.
Entries may be in English or Gaelic and can be handwritten or typed.
Entries must state name, school, age, and IMPORTANTLY catalogue number (seen below each image when you click on them).

When, where and how do I send my entries?
All entries must be submitted by 5pm Friday 28 September 2012
email to
or hard copies to CAST, Oban Education Office, Dalintart Drive, Oban PA34 4EF
Entries cannot be returned and schools are strongly advised to keep a copy of their original work.
CAST and SBT reserve the right to publish entries for publicity, promotional and educational purposes but assure individual writers that full acknowledgement and/or credit will be given to them in the event of any such use.

The winners of the competition will be decided by a panel of judges appointed by CAST. The decision of the judges will be final.
The results of the competition will be announced by Friday 26 October 2012.

For any further information please contact:
Fiona Blakey, Cultural Coordinator, Oban Education Office
tel: 01631 569192 email:

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