Are you an amazing author? Can you write a creative, compelling, curious 500 word short story about waste?

Our Waste Education Team are running a short story competition for children aged 7-14 in the Winter/Spring. You can enter if you are a child aged between 7 and 14 and living in Devon (not Torbay or Plymouth). Stories should be about a topic on rubbish or waste, including plastic pollution, reducing waste, composting, reusing, recycling or even Bonster the Hungry Monster.

Find out more below…

The competition will be open for entries from the 24th of January up to the closing date of 28th March. There will be two categories (KS2/KS3). Stories can be submitted either by email to or by post to a Waste Education Officer at Devon County Council. The postal address is

Oliver Prato,

Waste Management Team,

County Hall,

Topsham Road,



The winners will receive a book token for £50, while runners-up will get a £10 book token. All winners and runners up will get a reusable Recycle Devon goody bag. The winners may have the chance to have their story published on Recycle Devon social media channels.

A poster for the short story competition. All relevant information is described on the page. The competition is no longer running.