This September sees us launching our first ever creative writing competition "What's behind the door?". 


So why a story about a door?  We were inspired by our very own special front door affectionately know

as the "Armada Door", local legend has it that the door came from the Armada, this makes it over

400 years old!

If you would like to know more about the history behind our door please read the document below.





The challenge for the creative writing competition is to write an original story about a door. 

This could take inspiration from Westbury’s Armada door, or be another door entirely.  The piece could be an adventure story, a mystery or a thriller.  It could be set in times past, present or future. 



The first round will be judged by a panel comprised of Westbury representatives, creative writing specialists and young people.  Each entry will be judged and a shortlist will be compiled.  We are delighted to have Sarah Pinborough as our guest judge who will select a winner and runner up from each age category.  Sarah is an author of fiction for young adults and adults including the Sunday Times No. 1 Best Seller ‘Behind Her Eyes’ which is also a top Netflix series.  Sarah lives locally and was previously Head of English at a secondary school.


Guidelines for entry:

Open for submissions: 13th September – 23rd October 2021
Shortlist announced: 1st December 2021
Winners announced: January 2022

Awards ceremony:  19th January 2022 4 – 6 pm

Prizes:  There will be an award for each age category plus £30 in book tokens for winners’ schools. Stories will also be published digitally. 

A copy of the submission form and further details on how your school can enter can be downloaded below:

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us at

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