Share a Story

Share a Story 2017: Update

Thank You!

A massive Thank You to everyone who has shared their stories this year! You are amazing!

We are now checking all your entries and within the next few weeks we will begin the judging process.

Keep popping back here and on our social media sites to get the low down on how the judging is going.

Fingers crossed you'll be one of our lucky finalists.

What happens next?

Once we have registered all your entries they will be passed to our squad of judges -including authors, tv producers, animators and...Judge Rinder himself!

They will 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 online vote.

If you're a winner, you'll come to CITV to meet and work with the Marvellous 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.

We can't wait!

Share a Story Competition 2017!

Competition closes 16th June!

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 online 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!

DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORMS HERE!

Share a Story and Gulliver's

AMAZING PRIZE NEWS!
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 emailed to us before then!

How to send us your entry forms!

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

FREEPOST CITV

So no need for stamps!

or you can scan all your forms, to the best quality you can, and email them to:

shareastory@itv.com

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

Things to remember!

The key competition rules are HERE and the full Terms & Conditions of entry are HERE!

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 2017 and Gulliver's

Amazing PRIZE News!

CITV's Share a Story is a creative writing and drawing competition, which gives kids a chance to let their imagination loose!

The winning stories are made into animations to be shown on the CITV Channel and...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.

... and 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!

To ENTER...

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.

DOWNLOAD the entry forms HERE!
For full terms and conditions check HERE!
and for a look at the RULES click HERE!

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

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

GOOD LUCK!

Share a Story Ambassadors 2017!

This year, along with Michael Rosen, we have enlisted the help of Past Winners to spread the word about how great Sharing Stories can be and what it actually feels like to have your story, your characters turned into an animation and shown on the Telly!

The impact of Share a Story continues beyond the competition itself too as past winner Leah's mum can explain.

Leah -Winner 2014: The Crocodile Trap

Share a Story is one of her best memories, and she benefited so much from the experience, it gave her a huge boost of confidence, and it has influenced a lot of her course choices at high school. She is doing Art, Graphic Communication, Photography and English.

– Winner 2014: Leah Faulk's Mum: Lissie

We also have fabulous feedback from past winners
Lucy, Matthew, Heidi, Serafina, Hannah
and Harry (with Steve the duck!),
who would all encourage you to GIVE IT A GO!

TO ENTER IN 2017 DOWNLOAD THE FORMS HERE!

If you've been inspired by CITV's Share a Story or have some top Tips to pass on we'd love to hear from you.
e mail us at: shareastory@itv.com

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:
IF THE CHILD IS UNABLE TO WRITE OUT THEIR OWN STORY ON THE ENTRY FORMS PROVIDED, WE WOULD ACCEPT A TYPED COPY OR A STORY WRITTEN OUT BY AN ADULT, HOWEVER ENTRIES WOULD NEED TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY A LETTER EXPLAINING WHY THE FORM HAD NOT BEEN PRINTED OUT AND USED.

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
and
Your story must NOT contain any of the following:

  • NO SENSITIVE INFORMATION
  • NO OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE OR IMAGES
  • NO SURNAMES
  • NO BRANDS

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

Availability:

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!
FREEPOST CITV
or you can scan all your forms to the best quality you can and e-mail them to:
shareastory@itv.com

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!
and GOOD LUCK!

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!