The Big Dodo Writing Competition for ages 7-14
The dodo is the most famous of all the creatures to have become extinct in historical times. The remains of the dodo at Oxford are one of the greatest treasures at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. In celebration of this wonderful and peculiar creature we would like to invite you to write a poem or short story about the dodo for our writing competition.
Please send your entry (with your name, age and contact details) by 26 October via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries should be no more than 500 words. It is free to enter.
The prizes will be awarded in two age categories: 7-10 and 11-14.
1st prize: £25 Blackwell vouchers, a Museum of Natural History dodo toy, a signed copy of a Jasper Fforde book
2nd prize: £15 Blackwell vouchers, a Museum of Natural History dodo toy, a signed copy of a Jasper Fforde book
3rd prize: £10 Blackwell vouchers, a Museum of Natural History dodo toy, a signed copy of a Jasper Fforde book
Entries will be judged by: Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Knowledge Exchange Champion, University of Oxford), Jasper Fforde (children’s author), Kim Pickin (Co-Director, The Story Museum), Scott Billings (Public Engagement Officer, Museum of Natural History) and Blackwell’s. Prizes will be awarded (depending on the winners’ availability) at an event at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on 18 November. The shortlisted and winning pieces will be featured on the University of Oxford website.
Visit www.torch.ox.ac.uk/dodocompetition for more information.