Green Pencil Award 2022

Our successful environmentally themed creative writing competition, open to all P4 to P7 aged children in Edinburgh and, once again, to young people in S1 to S3 runs from 5 September to 21 October 2022.

Year of Scotland's Stories

Are you a budding story writer? Could you write a story/ poem/ prose with an environmental theme? It could be about yourself, your pet, a special place or your favourite animal that relates to your life in Scotland. You could include Scotland’s landscapes, lochs, towns and villages.  A story or poem that captures the reader's imagination, piques interest and brings your writing to life.

Entries can be poetry, prose or story, all we ask is that the writing is the author’s own work and is no longer than one side of A4 paper.

Update November 2022 - prizes and ceremony

We would like to apologise to our Finalists, but due to circumstances outwith our control we are unable to host a face to face event for Green Pencil 2022. We will do our utmost to bring back this special live event in the future.

We will be producing the Green Pencil brochure where all Finalists' work will be printed and these will be sent to schools in the new year.

Each finalist will receive a £10 book token, the four highly commended pupils will receive a £30 book token, and the overall winner will receive a £50 book token and a £100 book token for their class.

Our four Highly Commended Finalists will have the opportunity to record their work and these will be read out online, and can be heard on the Libraries' Tales of One City blog with the overall winner announced at the end. The date for this online event will be forwarded to all Highly Commended Finalists shortly.


Download the judging criteria, Curriculum for Excellence links and entry form - PDFs