My Twist on a Tale - a new international writing competition

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1200 entries from over 50 countries worldwide

Launched on International Literacy Day (Sunday 8 September 2019), the Pearson My Twist on a Tale writing competition encouraged four to 16-year-olds to tear up the rule book and give their own 21st Century take on classic tales and regional folk stories, reflecting the diverse and modern-day world within which they live. 

Over 1200 students from 50 countries around the world entered the competition. We were overwhelmed and astounded by the level of creativity and imagination that was put into each and every story. Thank you to everyone that took part.

Eight fantastic winning stories were selected by our judges for their exceptional writing, creativity and for their representation of a modern day, diverse world reflecting the writer’s own personality, location, heritage, interests or experiences. All of the stories have now been published and the winners will receive a copy of the book. Read the chosen winning stories and download your copy of the book.

Competition Winners Book


Here's what our winners had to say:

"I am very grateful to the judges for choosing my story among all the other stories around the world. I really enjoyed writing it and I am very happy that other people liked it too! In my story, I really wanted to show that we have to clean the environment and be friendly and only by coming together, helping and supporting each other we can protect our environment. Thank you very much." - Husnur, winner of Key Stage 2 category, British School of Baku, Azerbaijan.


"For me, winning this competition was a huge surprise! I'm not the smartest one in the class and I've only spoken English for less than a year, so when I sent it, I didn't have any expectations. I was pretty sure my friends would win it; they are really smart and creative!

I wrote that story back in Brazil, long before I knew I was coming to Switzerland, and all my friends liked when I told that story in the camps before we went to sleep. So, I thought I should give it a try and, well, I could not be more happy with the results!

I couldn't have done it if it wasn't for Mr Lee and my Indian friends, who taught me English and Mr Black and my parents who encouraged me to try it! So, the real winners for me are all of them for helping me win this competition!" - Ana Luiza, Winner of Key Stage 3 category, International School Zurich North, Switzerland.




Inspiring a lifelong love of language and literacy

We believe every learner should be equipped with the tools they need to express their ideas and imagination creatively and confidently, in order to become whoever they choose to be.

Our innovative and engaging English and literacy programmes for all learning stages equip students with the language, reading and writing skills they need to progress in further study and beyond. 

Explore our Pearson Literacy resources below: 

Bug Club Family

Power English: Writing

Inspire English International

Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) English Language and Literature

Edexcel International Advanced Level English Literature



Writing for Pleasure

The judges of My Twist on a Tale were our Power English: Writing series authors and writing representatives of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA).  

They talk to us about their findings from the recent research project: What is it Writing For Pleasure teachers do that makes the difference? in the webinar here

Read more on their Literacy for Pleasure blog



Competition Judges