Green Pencil Award 2020

Scotland’s nature in lock down

Our successful environmentally themed creative writing competition, open to all P4-P7 aged children in Edinburgh and, once again, to young people in S1-3, is running again this year. 

There has been a lot of attention given recently to climate change and its effects on the natural environment, it has also been a very strange and exceptional year because of Covid 19.  We can’t ignore this so this year our theme is Scotland’s nature in lock down

The possibilities are endless - haiku or prose, a poem or imaginative tale; a creative kenning or ballad; a story inspired by a visit, a holiday or your experiences during lockdown. It is up to you!

If you were an animal, a bird, a tree, a plant or even a mountain or a river in Scotland during Lockdown, what would have been your experience?

Or perhaps…

As our streets were empty of people what experiences of Scotland’s Nature did you see change? Were the birds singing louder, did wildlife appear in your garden or street, was the sky clearer, clouds fluffier?

All we ask is that writing is the author’s own work and is no longer than one side of A4 paper.


Download the entry form and information - PDFs

The possibilities for your entry are endless

  • haiku
  • prose
  • poetry 
  • imaginative tale
  • a creative kenning
  • ballad
  • a story inspired by a visit or holiday.

It is up to you!

The competition launches on 7th September with a 16th October closing date and a final awards ceremony may be an online version, or a socially distance event, this will be  a decision made nearer the closing date, as in our current pandemic situation, guidance can change daily, however we will still be aiming for 25th November 2020 as our award date.