Creepy-Crawly Chronicles: Children’s Story Competition

Closing Date: Monday 9 March 2020

From The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Charlotte’s Web to Spiderman, insects have inspired countless much-loved stories and comics. Enter your ideas into our story competition to help us create the next great creepy-crawly chronicle!

Manchester Museum’s collection of 2.5 million insects – currently showcased in a brand new exhibition – is a fantastic resource for inspiring stories for all ages. Perhaps you are considering a tale about termites or a myth about moths? Now is the time to get your creative juices flowing!

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Winners in each age category will be chosen by a panel including museum experts and professional writers, and will be featured in a special exhibition publication in summer 2020. Winners will also each receive a special behind-the-scenes tour of our fascinating Entomology stores, an invitation to a dramatic reading of the publication, and a copy of the publication. Runners up in each category will receive a copy of the publication.

How to enter

Entries must be an original story, have a link to insects, and could be text only or illustrated. They should be limited to a maximum of 500 words or 2 sides of A4, and submitted by email to by midnight on Monday 9 March 2020 (just in time for you to take last-minute inspiration from World Book Day!). We’re happy to take multiple entries by email (e.g. teachers on behalf of a class), but please don’t send children’s personal details at this stage.

Age categories:

  • Under 5
  • 5-7
  • 7-11
  • 11-17

Entries in dual language (English and another) are very welcome.

Do you work with children or young people? Looking for resources or ideas?

If you’ll be working on entries for the competition with your class or group, you might like to use our educators’ pack to get ideas to use in the classroom or on a visit to the Museum.

Back in school or at home, the interactive exhibition website – containing images and information about the specimens on display – is a fantastic resource that can continue to inspire writing, drawing and more. 

Entries now open!!

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