Share a Story

Share a Story 2016: NOW CLOSED!

That's it! Share a Story 2016 has now CLOSED for entries! We must say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to write and draw their fantastic stories!

All entries we receive from this point are invalid. Unfortunately we are unable to return your entry.

What happens next?

Your Share a Story entry will now be judged alongside other entries in the same age category by a team of industry experts. The Judges will select their top three stories in each age category, based on creativity, originality, and how well the story could adapt to a 1 minute animation.

If you're one of our lucky finalists, your parent or guardian will be contacted!
Fingers crossed and GOOD LUCK!!

What is Share a Story?

At CITV, we think that expressing yourself through creativity is really fun and the best way to explore your imagination! That's why we're inviting YOU to enter with Share a Story 2016!

Now in it's 7th year, CITV's Share a Story is a creative writing and drawing competition which gives kids a chance to let their imagination loose!

This year we are delighted to announce, Children's Author and Poet, Michael Rosen, is our Share a Story ambassador! Winners will be given a once in a life-time opportunity to work with Michael to develop their stories in a special writing workshop in London.

Credit: Goldsmiths, University of London

"Share a Story is a fantastic chance to come up with a story and see it turned into an animation. What a treat! Imagine your words, your ideas, your story, on TV as an animated film. Something very, very special."

– Michael Rosen, Share a Story Ambassador

Share a Story 2016: Michael Rosen's Top Tips

Want some top tips to get you started on your way to Share a Story success?
Have a nosey at Children's Author and Share a Story Ambassador, Michael Rosen's Top Tips on how to create a fab story that's unique to you!

"Stories are all around us!"

– Michael Rosen, Share a Story Ambassador

We'll have more Top Tips to inspire you in the coming weeks, so make sure you keep checking back!

Good Luck!

What are you waiting for! Let your imagination loose!

Share a Story: The Rules!

Every year we receive thousands of Share a Story entries! Follow these rules to make sure yours isn't left out!

Your Entry:

To enter Share a Story 2016 you must be between the ages of 5 and 12 at the time of the competition closing date which is 6 pm on Friday 29th April 2016!

The only way of entering is by using the entry forms provided (HERE) on the CITV Website.

Share a Story 2016 has four age categories:

Check out last years winners!

We had everything from naughty pandas to sea-swallowing sharks! What are YOU going to write your story about?

What are you waiting for! Let your imagination loose!
Download the entry forms HERE!
You'll find the rules HERE!


11 - 12 Age Category - WINNER - Hannah Robinson, aged 12, from Lancashire with 'The Naughty Panda and her Army of Ants'

9 -10 Age Category - WINNER - Heidi Hogarth, aged 9, from Liverpool with 'A Shark Who Swallowed The Sea'

Share a Story 2016: Meet Michael Rosen!

Credit: Goldsmiths, University of London

About Michael!

Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in North London. One of the best-known figures in the children's book world, he is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books. He lectures and teaches in universities on children’s literature, reading and writing.

Share a Story 2016: Grown-ups! This is for you!

Grown-ups! If you care for small people between the age of 5 and 12, then we've got the perfect way to keep them entertained as well as flex their imagination.

In this section you will find top tips from Children's Author and Poet, Michael Rosen, on how to encourage your child with their Share a Story entry as well as details of the entry process. If you're a teacher, here you'll find a special Share a Story lesson plan for you to download so you can bring the Share a Story magic into your classroom!

Note: Teachers can not give permission to enter. Forms must be signed by parent or guardian!

Michael Rosen's Advice to Parents: