We’re Looking for the Best Storyteller!

National Storytelling Week runs from 26th January–2nd February this year, and we’re delighted to announce we’re running our very own storytelling competition to coincide with the event.

This is a massive first for us at EducationCity, but as teachers, we know you spend many hours reading stories to your students, and encouraging fluent and emotive reading, so we are confident there is a wealth of untapped talent out there!

To enter our competition just to listen to our story, read by our lovely Education Consultant, Haylie. Then finish off Muddles and Ruffles’ adventure, and record either yourself or your students reading it aloud. (The recording needs to be audio only. You don’t need to film yourself like we have Haylie!)

EducationCity's Storytelling Introductory Video

A transcript of the story is here.

How you create and record your story is really up to you: it could be a class-wide project, with the story being written collaboratively, and children taking on different characters for the recording; it could be that one student writes and you, as their teacher, takes the reader role. Who does what is not important to us. What is, however, is the story and the delivery. We’re looking for lots of description and character!

Once you’ve rehearsed your story and captured it on a smartphone or desktop recording app, email it to us at marketing@educationcity.com by 22nd February, and keep your fingers crossed!

From the stories entered, we’ll choose a winner* from each age group, so 5-7 year olds, 7-9 year olds and 9-11 year olds. The winning storytellers will have their prize-winning story distributed to all EducationCity blog readers, ready for everyone to enjoy on World Book Day on Thursday 7th March!

Have fun writing and recording!

*Terms and conditions apply. See below.

Competition Terms and Conditions
1) The competition is open to any students or teachers attending or working in a primary school.
2) Audio recordings should include the following at the very start: author’s or authors’ first name/s, story title, reader’s or readers’ first name/s or teaching name, year group and school name.
3) Audio recordings should be no longer than 15 minutes long. Author/reader details are not included within the time limit.
4) EducationCity will judge the entries and its decision is final.
5) Age categories will be judged based on the year group of the students with one prize given per category.
6) The prizes are as stated above. No alternatives will be given.
7) Entry implies agreement to use the entrants’ names, story and school details in any post-competition publicity.