Writing Competition

World War 1 Resources

Centenary of WW1: writing competition – a message home


During the First World War, writing letters was the main form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones.

‘The British Army Postal Service delivered around 2 billion letters during the war. In 1917 alone, over 19,000 mailbags crossed the English Channel each day, transporting letters and parcels to British troops on the Western Front. Soldiers wrote letters in spare moments, sometimes from front line trenches or in the calmer surroundings behind the lines. Censorship dictated what servicemen were permitted to disclose in their letters. However, in practice, men often found ways to impart information, and their letters offer a powerful and highly personal insight into the experience of war’ (Imperial War Museums).

To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, young authors in the city were invited to submit a letter on the theme of life during World War One. The letters were written from the perspective of a soldier away at war as they wrote home to their family to tell of their experiences. Alternatively, students could submit an audio recording, with their message and background sound effects. The competition was open to Key Stage 2 & 3 pupils in Wolverhampton.

Thank you to all those who took part in the competition, our panel was really impressed with the submissions received.

Congratulations to the winners:

Congratulations to the highly commended finalist: