Green Pencil Award 2020

Scotland’s nature in lock down

Thanks to everyone who submitted their entry to the 2020 Green Pencil creative writing competition.


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, closed for entries on 23 October. 

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 couldn’t ignore this, so this year our theme was Scotland’s nature in lock down.

We challenged you to think, 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?

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


  • £10 book token for each of the 20 finalists
  • £30 book token for each of the Highly Commended winners
  • £100 book token for the overall winner plus a £200 book token for their class

Announcing the finalists

Unfortunately, we weren't able to host the usual award ceremony at Central Library.

Instead, the four chosen Highly Commended Finalists were announced online and their poems are available to listen to on the Libraries’ Tales of One City blog.

Our overall winner was announced on Friday 11 December on the Tales of One City blog.

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