Create an original story or poem of up to 500 words about a bus journey.

Here’s some ideas to get you started:

– A day out on the bus.

– A completely magical bus adventure.

– The things you could see out of the window.

It can be as fun and exciting as you want – it just needs to include a bus journey!

Prizes include:

– £150 book voucher plus surprise goodies

– Family day out to The Storybarn at Calderstones Park

– See your story on our website

– See your book cover designed

Open to children in infant and primary schools across Liverpool City Region

500 words left

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Terms & Conditions
Entrants must be in infant or primary school before the closing date of 1st December 2017. Entrants must attend a school in Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral, Halton, Knowsley).

Two winners will be revealed. They will receive £150 Waterstones vouchers, some surprise goodies and a family day out to The Storybarn in Calderstones Park. They will see their story on our website and receive a framed illustration of their cover and story.

Writing Star Awards - We will also choose six stand out stories to be awarded our Writing Star Award. Their prizes will be £20 Waterstones vouchers and their story will appear on our website.

A parent, guardian or teacher must approve the entry as the child’s original and unaided writing. They must also include their contact details. Entries will be marked on originality, story telling, language, characters and enjoyment. Please don’t correct spelling or grammar for children unless meaning may be misinterpreted. You may type up your child’s entry but please don’t change any words! Stories can’t be returned. Please keep a copy of your submission.

The data collected will be used by 'better by bus' and it's partners for the purpose of the 'writing stars competition' only. We will never give the information entered above to third parties, contact the child directly or use the information for any other reason. The data entered will be sent directly to Agent Marketing (a better by bus partner) and will be permanently deleted at the end of the competition.

Better by Bus retain the copyright of all entries and have the right to publish the stories across all media.

I approve this as the child’s original and unaided work
I agree to the competition terms & conditions