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Writing competition for ages 7-14

Thursday 24 September 2015

Dodo Day, 18th November 2015
Dodo Day is is being organised by TORCH, the Museum of Natural History, and the Story Museum in Oxford on 18th November. The Big Dodo Writing Competition has just opened for submissions and it is a really exciting opportunity to get your students involved in the UK's first national festival in the Humanities - the Being Human festival.

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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 torch@humanities.ox.ac.uk. 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.