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is a brilliant story-writing competition! 

It's for us to inspire each other with our stories of how we live our values - or how we would like to use values in our lives. 

What is your values story

Do you have a story about how you have used values, such as Courage, Kindness, Honesty to make a positive change in your life? 

We are looking for short stories about times when ordinary people have done extraordinary things by living their values. 

Or you may like to write a story from your imagination about how values could make a difference to where you live...your comummunity...your world. 

We want to give you the chance to inspire other people. We can share your story around the world! 

Click here for the flyer!


Is there Guidance for schools and parents? 

Yes - of course. We want to make it as simple as possible for you busy people. 

Click the link to download a Guidance for Schools one-page sheet. 

This activity can be done in school or as a home project.

There is a #MyValuesStory Plan to give children help if they are writing at home. 


How long does the story have to be? 

Stories can be up to 400 words. If you'd like to illustrate your story, please do (but you don't have to).

The stories can be fictional or real-life recounts. 


What are the age categories?  

Category A: 4-7 year olds 

Category B: 8-11 year olds

Category C: 12-17 year olds

Category D: Grown ups (teachers, school staff, parents may like to write a short story - we'd love to hear from you!)

You should enter the category for the age you are on 11th May 2018. 


What are the prizes?  

First Prize (for each age category)

- Your story published in the #MyValuesStory book - and a copy for you and your school.

- A fantastic ‘Values Photo Tree’ - one for you and one for your school.

- An invitation to meet the author of the values book  ‘From My Heart’ - Neil Hawkes*

- Badge and Certificate

- An opportunity to be filmed telling your 'Values Story'**                

 *Invitation will be to a values conference in November, a visit to your school depending on location, or a video call.

** Depending on location, we will come to your school and film you telling your story.



100 Runner-up Prizes

- Story published in #MyValuesStory book.

- Invitation to a webinar with values author Neil Hawkes.

- Badge and Certificate.


What is the deadline? 

Stories need to be submitted by midnight on Friday 11th May. 


When are the winners announced?

Winners will be announced on Friday 25th May.


How do I submit my story?

Stories can be written at home or at school. There is a helpful #MyValuesStory Plan if you are writing at home. 

A responsible adult (parent/legal guardian or teacher) must submit the entry for Categories A, B or C. 

Each entry must have a signedEntry Form with it.

Details required include: the entrant’s name; age; school name and address; parent/legal guardian's name and signature. 

You can submit your story in the following ways: 

1. Download and fill in the Entry Form

2. Email the Entry Sheet and your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR post to VbE Comp, Chalk Pit Nursery, Chalk Pit Lane, Burnham, Bucks, SL1 8WD


Optional - submitting a #MyValuesStory Photo-Sign?


We would love to see you and your #MyValuesStory Photo-Sign!

There is a section on the Entry Form for permission for the Photo-Sign.

Download and print off the Photo-sign template  

Please don't write your name on the sign or show your school badge. 

The photo-sign may be used on the VbE website ( and/or on social media feeds @vbezone, #vbezone

We promise that no written information - eg, name, age or school will be published with the photo-sign.

Attach your photo sign with your story in the email or with your posted story. 


Can entries come from overseas?  


If an overseas entry is a first-prize winner, filming will take place via video link. 

Invitation to the conference will also be via video link if winners can't attend in person. 


Who are the judges?

Shortlisting judges are Values-based Education Consultants who are all current or former school leaders/teachers - and LOVE reading stories about values! 

Finalist judges are: 

Dr Neil Hawkes (Founder of VbE)

Professor Mick Waters (VbE Patron)

Bart McGettrick (VbE Patron)

Viv Grant (former Headteacher and Founder of Integrity Coaching)

We would like to invite some guest judges to the panel as well. 

If you would like to be a judge and are available, by email, between 14th and 24th May 2018, please let us know. 

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What are the judges looking for?

- Stories can be fictional or real-life recounts.

- They should provide examples of how one or more values have been used or lived to create a positive change. 

- Stories should be in English.

- The positive impact of values should be a strong feature in the story.


 Please don't include...

- If the story is based on real-life, please don't include full names of people in the story.

- Please don't include personal details such as your address or birthday.


What will happen to my story?

- Your story will be read by the judges and may be awarded a prize. Have a go

- Your story may be published in a book called #MyValuesStory.

- Your story, or part of your story, may be published on the VbE website ( and/or on social media feeds @vbezone, #vbezone.

- We are sorry that we won't be able to return any stories you have posted to us.

- Depending on location, we would love to visit your school and film you reading your story. This film could be shared at values-events and on the website. 


What will happen to my picture?

- If you have sent us a photo of you holding your #MyValuesStory sign (and your entry form is signed by your parent/legal guardian), it may be used on the VbE website ( and/or on social media feeds @vbezone, #vbezone.

- We absolutely promise that we will not publish your name with the photo-sign.


 Permissions (very important)

- Parental/legal guardian permission needs to be given when submitting your story and your (optional) Photo-Sign. 


 Good luck everyone! 

We are looking forward to reading your stories and sharing them with the world!


See the results and read the stories

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