Short Story Competition

I am delighted to announce the launch of my first Short Story Competition for all Key Stage 2 pupils in South West Hertfordshire!

To celebrate World Book Day, I am asking for young authors across South West Hertfordshire to email their short stories to me. I will then judge the entries before choosing a winner and two runners up.

World Book Day is an annual celebration of books and reading where every child in full-time education in the UK is given a voucher to be spent on books. Please follow the link here to read more about how to receive your voucher!

The celebration is also commemorating it’s 25th year in 2022.




Entry Instructions


  • To enter the contest, children should ask a parent, guardian or teacher to email their story to Gagan at . When doing so, the email should detail the entrant’s full name, age, the name of their school, their year group, full postal address and an email address for their parent/guardian
  • Stories can be anywhere from 1 to 500 words long and must be emailed to my office before 12pm on Thursday 24th February
  • Entrants must be primary school age (KS2) and either attending a school in the South West Hertfordshire or live in the constituency (you can check your home’s and school’s constituency here: )


The winners will be announced by me on World Book Day which is Thursday the 3rd March.


Data Handling

The intention is to post the prizes to the winners and runners up. Gagan's office will therefore need the address details of the winners in order to make contact with the parents/ families and arrange to post the prizes to the children’s homes. The data will be kept within Gagan’s office and not shared with any third parties unless the parents consent to their address being forwarded to the prize distributer for postage. The data collected from entries will also be deleted after the conclusion of the competition and all winners have received their prizes.

To see more details regarding the handling of sensitive information please see this page: