Share a Story

Share a Story Competition 2017 is OPEN!

Share a Story is back!

Are you aged between 5 and 12?
Have you got a brain full of brilliant stories? Can you draw the coolest characters in the country?
Do you want to see your brilliant stories and cool characters on TV?

Well this is the competition for you!

CITV's Share a Story competition gives you the chance to get your stories and characters turned into an animation and shown on CITV, where it can be watched by your family, your friends, your school -and the whole country!

Could you be a Lucky Winner?

Our squad of judges -including writers, TV producers and animators - read through all your entries and select three stories in each age category as our finalists.

The final four winning stories are then chosen via an on-line vote.

If you're a winner, you'll come to CITV to meet and work with the Marvelous Michael Rosen and the Masterful Voice Artist Marc Silk.

You'll get to record your own voice over and also guide the animators in bringing your story to life.

So what are you waiting for? Lets get sharing!


Share a Story and Gulliver's

In 2017 the winner of each age category will receive a family short break (2 night stay in themed accommodation, theme park entry included) for up to 4 people at any of Gulliver's 3 theme park locations. Accommodation is on a B&B basis in a family room.

The other eight finalists will receive a family ticket (consisting of individual Park Day Tickets) for up to 6 people, valid at any of Gulliver's 3 theme park locations.

For more details about these prizes the full Terms and Conditions can be found HERE!

Entering is simple!

First of all, download the entry forms HERE! The forms include a storyboard and story page - you've got to use these to tell us your story.

And - this is really important - you must get your parent or guardian to sign the consent form and send that in too. Otherwise you can't win!

Share a Story is only for kids aged 5-12, (on the 16th June 2017)
and there is one winner per age category:
5-6 years old, 7-8 years, 9-10 years and 11-12 years.

The competition closes at 5pm on Friday 16th JUNE 2017 - so make sure you get everything posted or e mailed to us before then!

How to send us your entry forms!

This year you can either send your entry via our freepost address:


So no need for stamps!
or you can scan all your forms, to the best quality you can, and e-mail them to:

Please note: We can NOT return Share a Story 2017 entries.

Things to remember!

Here's a link to the key competition rules HERE

and the full Terms & Conditions of entry areHERE!

You have to use the entry forms from our website HERE! , sorry, no extra pages, no matter how good your story is!

You also have to make your story totally original. You can't use anybody else's ideas, or famous characters, or any brands or products that already exist.
It has to be 100% your story.

Remember the most important thing is to be really creative and tell an awesome story.
Go Share a Story!

Need a bit of inspiration to get started? check out these hints & tips videos!

Share a Story: Spread the Word!

Do tell the Teacher!

Why not get the whole class involved in Share a Story by telling your teacher about this amazing competition?
You can download the official Share a Story Poster HERE!

Teachers, we've put together a lesson plan so you can take Share a Story into the classroom!
Download the guide HERE! and the all important entry forms HERE!

Teachers please note the consent forms must be signed by the parent or guardian only, although once signed you can post them all together in one envelope.

Creative writing and storyboarding are exciting ways of expressing yourself and you can discover new talents and skills along the way.
Maybe you want to be an animator, a writer, a film director or a performer?
Let CITV's Share a Story help you unleash your potential!
Be Awesome!

Share a Story: Need help getting started?

Your story can be about anything: it can be funny, scary, romantic - it can even be a true story! But it's got to be all your own work. And don't use any characters from films or TV shows - make them up yourself, it's more fun!

If you're stuck, check out these 3 hints and tips videos, which should give you a hand coming up with characters, a setting and an adventure for your story.

Guide to ...getting started!

Guide to ...creating a storyboard!

Guide to ...drawing your story!

Want to spread the word?

Enjoy sharing stories? Then why not tell your friends?
You can Download the official Share a Story poster HERE
There's also an exciting Share a Story lesson plan for Teachers HERE so your class, even your whole School, could enter.
Wouldn't it be amazing if one of your friends could be a winner?

Share a Story 2017: 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 2017 you must be between the ages of 5 and 12 at the time of the competition closing date which is on Friday 16th June 2017.
The only way of entering is by using the entry forms provided HERE! on the CITV website.
This year there will be 1 winner and 2 runners up in each age category.
Share a Story 2017 has four age categories:

  • 5 to 6 year olds
  • 7 to 8 year olds
  • 9 to 10 year olds
  • 11 to 12 year olds

Entries will be judged based on but not limited to:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • How engaging your idea is.
  • How well it can be adapted to a 1 minute animation.

Your entry forms must be hand drawn and you must be a resident of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands.

All storyboard boxes and story writing areas must be filled in!
Please note:

All contact details must be completed!
We can not accept an entry created by more than one person, but feel free to send several entries in one envelope.
You are limited to 1 entry per person! In the event of more than one entry is submitted, only your first entry will be considered.
Entries can be received up to 5pm on Friday 16th June 2017.

Your story MUST be 100% your own! You mustNOT copy anyone else's work
Your story must NOT contain any of the following:


Please note: We can NOT return Share a Story 2017 entries.
so we recommend that entrants keep copies before sending.


You must be available to attend, with a parent or guardian, on the following dates:

  • Friday 1st September 2017 in Manchester
  • for one day on either 21st or 22nd October 2017 in Manchester

The Parent/Guardian consent form MUST be filled in and submitted with the story entry! We can NOT accept any other type of written consent.

A teacher can NOT give permission on behalf of a Parent/Guardian.
Grandparents can NOT give permission on behalf of a Parent/Guardian.

We must receive your Share a Story entry before 5pm on Friday 16th June 2017!

Send your entries to ...

This year you can either send your entry via our freepost address: So no need for stamps!
or you can scan all your forms to the best quality you can and e-mail them to:

Please note: We can NOT return Share a Story 2017 entries.

Let your imagination loose!
Download the entry forms HERE!
Grown ups & Teachers Find out more HERE!
For Full terms and conditions check HERE!

Share a Story 2017 is coming!

It's National Share a Story Month so stand by for news of this year's Competition.
The launch date isn't far away, so keep an eye on the CITV Channel to be the first to hear.
You can check back here for exclusive news, updates and, of course, those all-important entry forms!

So get ready to Share your Stories!

Share a Story 2016 - Winning Animations!

In 2016 we gave you the chance to have your story idea turned into a 1 minute animation and shown on the CITV Channel. Our 4 winners then worked alongside Children's Author and Poet, Michael Rosen, and a team of Animators to bring their story to life!

Are you ready to see the winning stories in all their glory?
Sit back and enjoy our Share a Story 2016 Winners!

5 to 6 Age Category: Lucy Tanner

7 to 8 Age Category: Matthew Grindlay

9 to 10 Age Category: Emily England

11 to 12 Age Category: Jenotha Seenivasan

Share a Story 2016: Winners!

We are very excited to reveal that the winners of Share a Story 2016 are...

5 to 6 Age Category

7 to 8 Age Category

9 to 10 Age Category

11 to 12 Age Category

Congratulations to each of you!

Our 4 winners will now work with Michael Rosen to develop their stories and they'll then be turned into 1 minute animations and shown on the CITV channel!!!

Make sure you keep checking back for more Share a Story news!

Share a Story 2016: VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED!

Thank you to everyone who's voted for the winners of this years Share a Story competition!

Voting has now closed!

Make sure you check out the CITV website on Monday 20th June as we'll be revealing the winners for each age category at 8am!

Good luck to all of our finalists!