D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum exterior

Short stories and poems written by children could be in with a chance of winning a kindle and national book tokens, as the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum’s Children’s Prize: Writing Competition launches for the second year to celebrate World Book Day.

Taking inspiration from Eastwood born D.H. Lawrence’s great love of the natural world and his ability to capture the changing of the seasons in words, this year’s theme is the ‘Four Seasons.’ This year’s competition’s entrants age 16 and under are invited to write a short story or poem inspired by the ‘Four Seasons’.

Entrants should submit a short story or poem on the theme to be in with a chance of winning a prize across three age categories;

  • Aged 4- 7
  • Aged 8-11
  • Aged 12-16

First prize in each category will win a Kindle, with runner up and highly commended prizes of up to £50 in National Book Tokens.

Winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood on 22nd June 2024 and have their work displayed in an exhibition in September, as part of the annual D.H. Lawrence Festival.

Entries close on 10th May 2024 and can be made online or by postal entry. Winners will be notified by 7th June 2024 and invited to the award ceremony on 22 June 2024.

More details and terms and conditions can be found at broxtowe.gov.uk/lawrencewritingcompetition.

More About D. H Lawrence Birthplace Museum

The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is where this literary legend was born on 11th September 1885. Only 30 minutes from Nottingham city centre, the Museum is a must see for fans of literature, and for those wanting to delve deeper into Nottingham’s literary heritage.

Step back in time to experience the traditional Victorian wash house, see the parlour; a room only for special guests, feel the warmth of the fire in the kitchen and have a wander around the parental and other bedrooms. The museum’s permanent exhibition features items from Lawrence’s family and even paintings created by the author himself.


D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum
D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum

D.H. Lawrence was born here, at 8a Victoria Street in 1885, the first of the Lawrence family’s four Eastwood homes. Today you can visit this authentically recreated miner’s cottage, birthplace of world renowned Nottinghamshire author, then explore the surrounding countryside, which inspired his work.



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