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Young Writers competition

Are you a budding writer? Could you be the next JK Rowling, Roald Dahl or David Walliams? Now’s your chance to put your imagination to the test by entering our Young Writers competition.

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Young Writers' competition the magic phonebox

Each week you have the chance to write the next twist in our story by adding a new chapter, using your imagination to decide exactly how you want it to unfold. All you have to do is write an exciting new paragraph of no more than 100 words for a chance to win one of seven Kindle Fire HDs.

Every child who enters will win a sought-after KCOM K6 phone box key ring. When the story’s finished, we’ll turn it into an animation that will be shown at this year's Freedom Festival.

Hull children's author Calvin Innes has written the opening paragraph for you and it all starts in The Magic Phone Box. So, find out below where the story’s been left hanging and think of how you’d like it to continue.

There’s no time to lose. The next chapter awaits…

    1. Rain thundered down upon an already soaking footpath as a bitter wind whistled through barren treetops and between twisted, finger-like branches. Leaves, toys and all manner of debris were swept along the roadside, caught up in a torrent of dank, brown water as over-stretched drains burst and overflowed. Ancient timbers creaked on empty houses and windows shutters clattered noisily beneath the force of the storm now in its fourth day.
    2. The village had been abandoned as people hurried to get to safety, away from the falling trees and flooded streets. Beside the village green was a phone box. Crouched within the phone box was a small, very scared, child. With their hands clasped tightly over their ears, to shield themselves from the roaring wind and rain, they almost missed the sound of the phone ringing.
    3. “Hello?
    4. The voice on the other end of the phone spoke slowly and deliberately: “Hold on my dear, this may be a bit of a bumpy ride.”
    5. A flash of light, far brighter than the lightning that had lit up the sky for the past four days, filled the village green. The phone box, which had stood firmly in the same spot for more than thirty years, was gone.
    6. Calvin Innes, Illustrator, cartoonist, artist, author and school presenter.
    7. The phone box landed with a crash! As it tipped over, the boy inspected the bright, yellowy landscape. A dusty , wind-swept road with a horizon drenched with tall, cloudy mountains was not as the child had expected. “Where am I?” he whispered. Then he realised why he couldn’t get out. “Help! Someone!” There was a quiet, wispy reply. ”What? How d’ya get up there?!” He waited until a dusty cowboy on a coal-black horse galloped towards him.
    8. “Howdy, partner! The name’s Buck! Yours?”
    9. “Tom”.
    10. “You seem hungry! Care to come to mine for refreshments?”
    11. “Certainly” replied Tom cheerfully.
    12. Matthew Jones, Newland St John's CE Academy
    13. Buck gently unlocked the phone box." Hop on”, Buck smiled, signalling Tom to mount his horse. Half an hour later, Tom and Buck arrived at an old, time-worn building. “Where are we?” Tom questioned Buck curiously.
    14. “Home”, Buck whispered woefully. “I know, it looks nothing like you expected, but trust me, you are going to see better in the future”.
    15. “What?” Tom asked, thinking he was dreaming.
    16. “Look, just hold my hand, everything’s fine”, Buck replied sternly. As Tom took Buck's hand, a million thoughts raced through his head. A bright, flashing light filled the atmosphere, and they were gone…”
    17. Amaya Newman, Garden Village, Hull
    18. Tom opened his shining eyes. Buck wasn’t there anymore. Tom looked around and saw an old city filled with trams and penny-farthings. An old tattered sign read ‘Hull.’ Tom was shocked.
    19. “Imagine this being the City of Culture back in 2017,” thought Tom.
    20. The people wore posh clothes. Tom himself was wearing a white shirt, bowtie and waistcoat. Tom explored the town. He found a Sovereign coin in his pocket and bought some food. While he was eating, a wind blew. Tom found himself in the magical phone box. It flew up, it’s door opened and Tom saw a unicorn…
    21. Lydia Alex, 9, Froebel House School
    22. To be continued...

Enter your details here so we can get in touch with you if your paragraph has been chosen.

Alternatively, please email your entry (maximum 100 words) along with your name, address, postcode, a contact telephone number and school name to

Terms and Conditions

  • You must be aged 14 and under as of August 31, 2017 and living in the HU1-19, YO25 or YO43 postcode areas to enter this competition.
  • You must gain permission from your parent/guardian before entering.
  • No purchase is required. It is free of charge to participate in the competition.
  • Applicants must complete the online contact form as required. Your story passage (one paragraph) must be no longer than 100 words.
  • By entering this competition you give permission for KCOM to use your story passage in an animated video and any other related publicity material.
  • The competition will run from Monday, 5 June 2017, to Monday, 24 July 2017, with a weekly winner being chosen on the Monday of each week.
  • The deadline for entering every week is 5pm on Monday. Entries after the deadline will not be counted for that week.
  • Any entry not complying with the above entry requirements will not be eligible.
  • KCOM’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • KCOM reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of similar value should the specified prize become unavailable for any reason. Cash or credit alternatives will not be offered. The prize is not transferable.
  • KCOM accepts no responsibility for incorrectly completed, delayed or lost entries, as a result of any network, computer or telecommunications hardware or software failure of any kind. Incomplete entries will be treated as invalid.
  • KCOM reserves the right to suspend, cancel or amend a competition and/or review and revise these terms and conditions at any time without giving prior notice and by continuing to take part in the competition subsequent to any revision of these terms and conditions, entrants shall be deemed to have agreed to any such new or amended terms.
  • By entering this competition, you consent to the personal details you have submitted being used by KCOM for the purposes of market analysis. If required, participants will be expected to take part in post-competition publicity. KCOM may wish to send you information about other products offered by the KCOM Group and selected third parties. This information may be given to you by post, email or over the phone in accordance with the following Data Protection Principles:-
  1. Any personal data in relation to you will be used solely in accordance with current and any subsequent UK data protection legislation and best practice.
  2. Data relating to you will be retained by KCOM for a reasonable period after the competition closes to assist KCOM to operate competitions in a consistent manner and to deal with any queries.
  3. By entering this competition you give your consent for your name to be published and to be contacted for promotional publicity concerned with the competition.
  • KCOM cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any participant entering a competition. Nothing shall exclude KCOM’s liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.
  • This competition is administered by KCOM Group PLC (company number 2150618), whose registered address is at 37 Carr Lane, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 3RE.
  • The competition and rules will be governed by English Law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in England.