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Summer of Stories

Telling tales out of school – Highland Folk Museum’s Summer Story Competition

This summer we are running a children’s story writing competition to celebrate the Year of Stories 2022. We would love you to write a short story (no more than 500 words) inspired by your visit to the Highland Folk Museum. You could create a story based on one of our buildings or maybe create a character who could have lived or worked there or you might be inspired by an object from our collection. Click on the video below to hear from Emily Dodd, author and CBeebies Screenwriter who is launching our story writing competition for us! 

We hope you may have visited us before or can come along this summer, if you do, don’t forget to pick up your story trail sheet to help you jot down some ideas for your story. If you are unable to come along in person, why not check out our online tours for the chance to virtually visit us! You can find our online tours at www.highlandfolk.com/explore

We look forward to hearing your stories this Summer!

This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. 

Competition Dates: The competition will run from 1 July – 31 August and all entries must be received (by post or email) by 5pm on 31 August 2022.

Age Categories:  5 – 9 years old / 10 – 14 years old


  • All stories must be 500 words or less.
  • Stories should be an original work of fiction, inspired by the museum site and its collections. For those who can’t visit in person, there are virtual tours on our website at highlandfolk.com/explore
  • The competition will be shortlisted by a team from the Highland Folk Museum and the winners will be chosen by Emily Dodd. Entries will be judged under Plot / Originality / Language / Characterisation / Enjoyment
  • Stories can be submitted from anywhere in the world – all stories must be submitted in English.
  • In each age category there will be a prize for the winner and runner up – a story bundle
  • The overall prize for best story will be a session with author Emily Dodd for the winner’s class, for overseas entrants this will be done virtually.
  • Each entrant should put their first name and age on the back of the story and ask an adult to submit their story, along with the adult’s contact details.
  • You can post your entries back to the Museum at Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie Road, Newtonmore, PH20 1AY or scan them in and e-mail to [email protected]
  • By entering the competition you are giving the Highland Folk Museum permission to use your story onsite and online (children’s first names and ages only will be used to protect identities)
  • Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material.
  • Entries can’t be returned so please take a copy before submitting them.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify any story that breaches the rules.