Windrush Essay Writing Competition

Sam King Windrush Awards shall be given to two girls and two boys up to the age of 14 who can produce an outstanding fictional narrative about the West Indians who travelled on the MV Empire Windrush and arrived at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948. Sponsored by Windrush Foundation, the participant would be expected to submit an essay with no more than 300 hand-written words on A4 paper. Our objective is to promote literacy, expression, creativity, originality, and to celebrate imagination.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The entry must be an imaginary short story.
  • It must be an original piece of work written independently by a child up to the age of 14.
  • Stories cannot be written by more than one person. One entry per child allowed.
  • The child must not include their personal details within their story.
  • Entries must not include unsuitable material.
  • It must be no more than 300 words.
  • Make sure to use your own words.
  • Do not submit an entry without proofreading.
  • Presentation is important, consider the visual appearance of the entry as well as the quality of the content.
  • The story must be submitted by the child’s parent or guardian using the email address below.
  • The work must include a good standard of spelling, grammar and punctuation, neat presentation, and clear handwriting.

Topics could include:

(1) MV Empire Windrush;
(2) Before departing the West Indies;
(3) The Journey to Britain;
(4) Arriving at Arrival at Tilbury Docks;
(5) Life in Britain

You should scan the handwritten story and email it to:

The competition is open from TODAY and closes on 23 SEPTEMBER 2022

Winners will be announced during October 2022.

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