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the children's writing competition 2018 has now closed!


We called for young writers and you answered in droves!


The Banana HQ tribe have enjoyed each and every entry that was submitted, and we've been blown away by your tales of adventure. The winning stories are available below for you to feast your eyes on.


Overall, there have been eight winners selected over 4 weeks, all of which went into a shortlist pile to win the grand prize:



know a child who entered? why not print them out a certificate of awesomeness for taking part 

winning entries

Check out some of the fantastic stories we received for the Children’s Writing Competition.

We challenge you not to smile while reading these (you won't be able to – it’s impossible).

About the grand prize


The fantastic £5,000 holiday is provided by our chums at Explore! Explore are adventure travel experts offering exciting family adventure holidays to over 50 destinations. The trips combine each destination’s must-see sights with fun experiences and activities for the whole family. Travelling with other families means that kids have a ready-made network of companions and thanks to the security of travelling with an experienced and passionate Explore leader, mums and dads can truly relax.


Find out more about the family trips they offer, including the prize trips to Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Romania, Slovenia or Portugal, at explore.co.uk.

Explore Family Holidays Croatia 2
 Terms and conditions

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape Ltd whose registered office is at Unit 6, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry. We encourage parents/guardians to enter on behalf of their child.

3. Employees of Go Ape or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are shown above.

6. The competition period starts Monday 12th March 2018 and runs until Friday 15th April 2018 00:00.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not fully received for whatever reason.

8. There will be 9 prizes in total, including the overall grand prize. 8 winners will be chosen; 4 from each of the two age brackets which are aged 4-7 and 8-12. The prizes include:

a) One Go Ape Tree Top Junior Adventure, to be issued in the form of a gift voucher. Winners will have the choice of a gift voucher for 30 people Monday-Friday, or a weekend adventure for 20 people. Winner must comply to the supervision and participation rules. b) Your child's height in books from Macmillan Publishers. Your height will need to be disclosed at the redemption stage. c) £200 in Mini Boden vouchers. d) A Micro Scooter prize to be issued as a gift voucher for £200 e) A grand prize of a family holiday for four worth up to £5,000 provided by Explore! This prize must be redeemed by 31st October 2018 and includes accommodation, activities, some meals, economy flights from a London airport and airport transfers from/to the arrival/departure airport(s) outside of the UK. The prize does not include any optional extras or upgrades; nor does it include the cost of travel insurance. Any additional costs or extras over the £5,000 limit will be charged the advertised price at the point of booking. Holiday duration is 8 days and must be taken from the selected destinations; Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Romania, Slovenia and Portugal. See www.explore.co.uk/essential-information/terms-and-conditions for more details and the full holiday t&cs. 

9. The prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternative.

10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

12. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

13. The final winners will be chosen using random.org from a shortlisted pile. Stories will be shortlisted based on the following criteria: Plot, Character Development, Use of Language and overall Creativity. Winners will be chosen on the following dates; Monday 26th March, Monday 2nd April, Monday 9th April and Monday 16th April.

14. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

15. The promoter will notify the winner how and when the prize can be collected.

16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

17. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as consent for your entry data to be used for promotional use by Go Ape and their third party partners as listed above. Please be aware that should you receive further communications from Go Ape or its partners, you will be given the option to unsubscribe or opt out.