Get your pupils to finish the story below and win a cake for your class in this great competition!

This competition is open to all primary schools within the EH postcode area. Lothian’s home-schooled students can also enter, please check the fine print below for details.

The theme for RLS Day 2016 is Crime. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about murders, thievery and kidnappings to create awesome adventures which people the world over have grown up with, and still inspire the readers and writers of today and tomorrow.



The campaign organisers at the City of Literature Trust would love to hear some stories from your students inspired by the theme, encouraging creative writing, and help find the best young writing talent in Edinburgh and the Lothians (EH postcodes).

They tried to write a story themselves, but got a bit stuck and now need someone to help out!

Teachers, can your students finish the story they started?

There’s no minimum or maximum word limit – your students just need to tell what happens next in their own words.

The best story will win a Robert Louis Stevenson birthday party for their whole class, complete with a special RLS Day cake.



On the Run
a story competition for RLS Day 2016

I felt like I had been running for a really long time. My legs were sore and I was so hungry I was seeing stars. The bag I was carrying felt heavier with every passing minute. I looked inside to check it was still there. I hoped I’d done the right thing but it was impossible to work out what was right and wrong in the cold, damp night. Suddenly, I heard a noise…


competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday 2nd November




Primary pupils: once you’ve written your story, please hand it in to your teacher. If you’ve written more than one, then pick your favourite. Each pupil can only supply one entry.

Teachers: once you’ve gathered in all the entries, email them to [email protected] and include the following information in the body of the email:

  • 1. School and class
  • 2. Teacher’s name and contact details
    Please note that only schools in Edinburgh and with Lothian (EH) postcodes are eligible to enter this competition and individual children will not be identified by name in publicity.

    Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 2 November.


    Prize: a bespoke RLS birthday tea party for your class!

    The winner will be notified by Friday 4th November. The tea party can take place on the 8th or 9th November.

    The cake for the winning Tea Party will be provided by Suki Bakes.

    The photos of the cakes on this page were the actual cakes she made for last year’s RLS Day prize winners. This year’s cake could look different, but will taste just as great!



    Here is an inspiration PDF sheet to put up in your class room to stimulate your students to think a bit more about the ingredients for their stories.



    1. This competition is only open to schools within the Edinburgh and Lothians region
    2. Entries received after 5pm on 2nd November 2016 will not be accepted
    3. Winners will be notified by Friday 4th November
    4. The winning class will receive a tea party which will take place within the school. By submitting the stories, the school representative consents to press attendance at the tea party, pending parental permission
    5. The tea party can take place on the 8th or 9th November
    6. On receiving the competition entry, Edinburgh City of Literature Trust assumes the right to reproduce the story in online or print formats. The submitting school agrees to help gather permissions for any photo opportunities relating to the competition
    7. Home-schooled students are also welcome to enter the competition, and are permitted to invite friends to attend the tea party in either their home, or in a venue organised by the student’s supervising adult
    8. No individual feedback will be given on the entries
    9. No cash equivalent prize is available


    Event Coordinator: Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

    0131 557 9850