Children Lockdown

Calling all Children of Lockdown. This is your chance to go down in history.

Storychest is creating a digital time capsule of the impressions of children aged 3 to 17 during this extraordinary time. All submissions will be displayed on a dedicated Children of Lockdown website and will be archived by the British Library as part of the UK Web Archive.



The Brief

We'd like you to create something that captures your reflections of lockdown. It could be something written (like a story, a poem or a rap) or a picture (like a painting or a drawing). Here are some ideas to get you thinking.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.


How to Enter

When you're ready to submit, here is the form for you to upload your entry. You'll need your parent/ guardian to fill it in for you. Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020.



Submissions from UK residents will also be entered into a competition to be judged by a panel of British children's authors with National Book Tokens to be awarded to the winners.


The UK Web Archive

Ian Cooke, Head of Contemporary British Publications at the British Library, said: “The British Library will be including Children of Lockdown in its collection on COvid19, as part of the UK Web Archive. This collection covers medical, healthcare, policy, and social impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic. As part of this, we are preserving a record of personal responses and accounts of life during Coronavirus, through communications made public online and preserved in the UK Web Archive. Children of Lockdown will be an important part of this collection, showing first-hand accounts of how lockdown impacted a generation, through a range of creative and written responses.”


The Judges

Nicola J Rowley
Nicola J Rowley,
award-winning author of Mug the Wumph the Dancing Wizard, said: “Children of Lockdown is a great opportunity for the children of today to record how they experienced lockdown, to help the children of tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to reading all of the entries that will be sent in for this landmark historical project."
Janey Jones
Janey Jones,
writer of the best-selling Princess Poppy series, said: “It's important that children can reflect on their experiences in order to process them. Often memories are distorted by time but if we record a moment in time through words or art, it remains forever. Recent times have been confusing and alarming for children and adults alike. Children of Lockdown is an excellent idea, a way to capture feelings in creative form and understand our joint experiences better.”
Rhys Brisenden
Rhys Brisenden,
an English teacher in South East London, whose debut picture book, 'Incredible You', was published in 2019, said: “As a teacher, I have seen how the lockdown has impacted children both academically and socially, and the Children of Lockdown project is a fantastic, creative way for children to express their thoughts and feelings about this unprecedented time.”
Natalie Reeves Billing
Natalie Reeves Billing,
author of My Mummy Is A Monster, said: “With lockdown imposing restric tions on children’s freedom, we need to look at all opportunities to enrich their lives. Giving children the gift of creativity is perhaps the most important action we can be doing for mental health right now - and the Children of Lockdown project is the perfect creative gift which will also enable children to become part of history, lasting for generations to come.”
Sandra Horn
Sandra Horn,
poet and award-winning children’s author of Tattybogle and other books, said “I can still remember how it felt when I was first able to write my thoughts down. It gave me a new sense of control. A world of possibilities opened up. I could record, change, invent by the power of the words I chose. Children need this sense of control now more than ever, and this is a brilliant opportunity to give them that. I can’t wait to see what will come in!”

About Storychest

At Storychest, we are all about helping you to capture and save those precious moments of your life,
in words and pictures and to share with close friends and family.

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