Story writing and drawing competition


For children with and without nystagmus – the best entries will win fabulous prizes and be published in a book

Raindrops story writing and drawing competition for children

What do raindrops mean to you? What do they smell, sound, feel or taste like? What do they make you think of? How do they capture your imagination?

The Nystagmus Network Raindrops competition celebrates the wonderful creativity of children’s writing and illustration.

The best stories and drawings will be published in a special book which will be available to purchase from September 2021.

How to enter

The competition is open to all children with or without nystagmus, aged 5 to 14 years. There will be winners in each age category.

Download the competition rules and an entry form here

Completed entries (entry form plus story and / or drawing on Raindrops writing paper or drawing paper) should be emailed to raindrops@nystagmusnet.org Deadline: 23:59 on Saturday 19 June

Prizes and a book

There will be some fabulous prizes for the winners of each age category, including books signed by your favourite children’s author. As many stories and drawings as possible will be published in a book which will be available for sale from September.

Get sponsored

If your little one is a reluctant writer, why not encourage them by asking friends and family to sponsor them 1p a word?

Download a Raindrops sponsor form here

Meet the judges

The Raindrops story writing competition will be judged by authors Katherine Mengardon, Tim Pearce and Nadine Neckles.

Katherine Mengardon is a creative education author and strategist with years of experience developing innovative online programmes for the BBC, Cartoon Network, Google, Pearson and Nesta to name a few.

She aspires to open children’s eyes and minds to a new fun way of learning and equip them with the tools to prepare for a bright future.

For the past four years, she was Chief Educator at Little Inventors and developed popular resources to take creativity and invention to children across the world. She is the author of The Little Inventors Handbook, Little Inventors Go Green and Little Inventors in Space.

Katherine also works as an illustrator in her spare time.

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Tim Pearce

Tim Pearce is a Sunday Times bestselling author … in his dreams, described by many as creative, passionate and short. In his spare time, when not writing, Tim is a football coach at Camberley Town Youth Football Club which has provided much inspiration for his books. Tim’s mission is to create stories that keep children’s attention with enough mystery to leave them wanting to read more, encouraging them to put away technology and use their imagination whilst hopefully finding a new love for reading. 

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Nadine Neckles

Thanks to her book ‘Can I tell you about nystagmus?’, children and their parents feel better able to explain nystagmus to others. In 2020, with the country in lockdown and schools closed, Nadine came up trumps again with advice and tips for parents struggling with homeschooling. She has now published her Journey Journals for nystagmus mums and dads.

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