Green Pencil Award

Green Pencil Award is a creative writing competition with an environmental theme that is open to all P4 to P7 pupils in Edinburgh.

Our theme this year is ‘Edinburgh’s natural heritage’.

Download the entry form and judging criteria below.

The competition closing date is 13 October 2017. We will hold the award ceremony at the Central Library on 30 November 2017. 

Entries must be no longer than one side of A4.

Theme and ideas

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, when we celebrate Scotland’s intriguing history, impressive natural heritage and fascinating archaeology.

We want to encourage pupils to write imaginatively about Edinburgh’s natural heritage. Think about

  • Holyrood Park
  • one of the seven hills
  • the Pentlands
  • the area around the Forth Bridges

You may be inspired to write about a historical site set in the natural environment, such as

  • Holyrood Abbey
  • Craigmillar or Lauriston castles
  • Cramond or Swanston villages
  • South Queensferry

The possibilities are endless – haiku or prose, a poem or tale, a kenning or ballad, a story inspired by a mythical creature or a legend. It is up to you!

For teachers

Download a document below for details of the ways the award links to Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes.

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