The HMS Adventure is a sleep-away event, designed to encourage independent reading and writing through adventure. It will take place 6th-7th July 2019 and is open to year 6 pupils and their teachers. 

Five groups will be selected to participate. You can apply with two groups, but there is no guarantee both will be invited to join the event. Each group must attend with their own teacher. We have space for the following:

  • Girls:  x2 groups of ten pupils
  • Boys:  x1 group of ten pupils, and x2 groups of eight pupils


To be eligible to apply for the HMS Adventure:

  • your group must be comprised of solely year 6 pupils
  • your school must be based in the UK, but from outside Greater London
  • your school must have at least 40% pupil premium pupils
  • access to the mess decks is by steep ladder only. Unfortunately, the event is not suitable for wheelchair users or anyone unable to ascend/descend a ladder unaided
  • All teachers must have an enhanced DBS check


Due to sleeping arrangements on board the HMS Belfast:

  • groups must be single sex
  • groups must attend with a teacher of the same gender


These terms are non-negotiable. A travel bursary will be available and we hope will cover all costs. Deadline for applications: 4pm on Monday 29th April


If you have any further questions, please contact submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org

Open for submissions: 4th March - 31st May 2019

Shortlist announced: 16th July 2019

Winner announced: 12th September 2019

Prize: £1000 and digital publication with Worldreader


Please read the guidelines before submitting your entry for Author of Tomorrow (16-21 years). Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules:


  1. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English
  2. Submissions must be 1,500 - 5,000 words in length
  3. You may submit multiple works. Each entry must be submitted separately and will be considered a separate entry
  4. Entries must be submitted digitally, as a Microsoft Word .doc, .docx or a .pdf file. Please contact submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org if you have any questions about file type
  5. There must be no reference to the author's name or personal details in the manuscript. We operate a blind judging process
  6. If your entry is shortlisted it will be published by our partners at Worldreader and used to improve global literacy levels

We reserve the right: 

  • to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition
  • to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control
  • to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard

We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.

Open for submissions: 4th March - 31st May 2019

Shortlist announced: 16th July 2019

Winner announced: 12th September 2019

Prize:  £100 plus £150 in book tokens for your school, library or charity of choice. Your story will also be published digitally with Worldreader


Please read the guidelines before submitting your entry for Author of Tomorrow (12-15 years). Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules:

  1. The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English
  2. Submissions must be 1,500 - 5,000 words in length
  3. You may submit multiple works. Each entry must be submitted separately and will be considered a separate entry
  4. Entries must be submitted digitally, as a Microsoft Word .doc, .docx or a .pdf file. Please contact submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org if you have any questions about file type
  5. There must be no reference to the author's name or personal details in the manuscript. We operate a blind judging process
  6. If your entry is shortlisted it will be published by our partners at Worldreader and used to improve global literacy levels


 We reserve the right: 

  • to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition
  • to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control
  • to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard

 We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.

Open for submissions: 4th March - 31st May 2019

Shortlist announced: 16th July 2019

Winner announced: 12th September 2019

Prize:  £100 plus £150 in book tokens for your school, library or charity of choice. Your story will also be published digitally with Worldreader


Please read the guidelines before submitting your entry for Author of Tomorrow (11 and under). Submission of entry is taken to be an unqualified acceptance of these rules:
 

  1. The competition is open to young writers of any nationality writing in English
  2. Submissions can be up to 500 words in length, please do not exceed the word limit
  3. You may submit multiple stories. Each story must be submitted separately and will be considered a separate entry
  4. Entries must be submitted digitally, as a Microsoft Word .doc, .docx or a .pdf file. Please contact submissions@wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org if you have any questions about file type
  5. There must be no reference to the author's name or personal details in the manuscript. We operate a blind judging process
  6. If your entry is shortlisted it will be published by our partners at Worldreader and used to improve global literacy levels

 
 We reserve the right: 

  • to disqualify any entry if we have reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has breached any of these rules. We cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the competition
  • to amend these rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control
  • to not award the first prize, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard

We will act in accordance with current UK data protection legislation in relation to your personal data. All personal data entered is secure.

The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation