Dear Literacy co-ordinator

This year Royal Mail’s letter writing competition for children aged 7-11 asks your pupils to write about their favourite book.

Here are some ideas for children’s letters:

  • Write to the author of a favourite book suggesting a new story or a new character
  • Become a character in a book and write home describing your adventures
  • Imagine someone from a favourite book needs help and you write to them suggesting ideas
  • A book character comes to life and stays at your house – imagine the letter they would write home


The competition is split into eleven regions, so there are lots of prizes to be won.  Winners will each receive £50 in book tokens and their face on a set of Smilers stamps, plus a £100 box of letter-writing goodies for their class writing corner. The three runners-up will each receive a £20 book token, and every child whose letter is short listed will receive a set of stamps.

On the website is a 'Reward for Writing' certificate you can print off for each child who takes part.

Participating schools will all be sent a 'Committed to Literacy' certificate for the lobby.


We accept letters in all formats from children aged 7-9 and 10-11.  There is a Special Achievement prize for children you tell us about who have overcome particular difficulties to enter.

documents in Irish

documents in Welsh


There are categories for letters written in Irish and Welsh --->

Don’t miss out!

The closing date is 26 November.   Winners will be announced in Spring Term 2011


for full details, rules and to download an entry form.

Entering is simple

Just choose the three best entries from each class that takes part and send your entries with an entry form downloaded from the website to the FREEPOST address below

Young Letter Writers Competition,
Freepost FPN772
Royal Mail Education
Castle Road
ME10 3RL

If you have any questions please contact:

Royal MailKathryn Hollingsworth
Royal Mail Young Letter Writers competition

t: 0207 404 6064