The Short Story Challenge

The most exciting competition we have ever launched is here!!

We are so pleased to announce the arrival of 'The Short Story Challenge 2020', in partnership with Leeds University's School of Languages & Child Friendly Leeds!

We understand that creative writing and storytelling is such a magical medium for children. It offers a vehicle for communication, connection and creativity. It’s an opportunity for children to learn and grow, have fun and sharpen their senses - which is why more than ever we wanted to launch this competition during lockdown!

Children are encouraged to submit their short stories, between 100-500 words, by our 5th birthday (6th June) for the chance for it to be published!

The best submissions, judged by a number of partnering bodies, will be published in "The World As We Know It" storybook on Amazon and be available to purchase online. Also, very excitingly all proceeds from online sales will go to the NHS nurses working on the frontline.

Themes include; Community, Hope, The Modern World, Being A Young Person in 2020 & The Future.

There are 3 categories for entry;
Cat 1: Ages 3/4-5 (100-500 words)
Cat 2: Ages 6-7 (500 words)
Cat 3: Ages 8-11 (500 words)

Submissions (either a Microsoft word or pdf doc) should include your 100-500 words along with a title sheet (one can be downloaded from our event page or you can create your own) with the following information ;
1. Name of the child
2. Age (DOB)
3. School/nursery
4. Short story title
5. Story synopsis

Please post your submissions on the event discussion, private message them to the Rainbow Factory business page, or email them to by 4pm on 6th June 2020. Any submissions received thereafter will sadly not be included in the Short Story Challenge event.

We can't wait to receive them - Good luck!

All the best
RF Team :)

Important Information

Food & Drink

Our Gingerbread Cafe will be open, serving a variety of hot and cold food and drinks.

Click here to see our new menu.

*It is not permitted to bring your own food*


The Rainbow Factory has a car park with free parking available for customers.

We have toilets on-site, including disabled toilet facilities. 

We have an on-site cafe area, the Gingerbread Cafe.

You can also step into our shop, Merlin's Emporium, to get a little gift to remind you of the day.

Ticket Information

Prices vary. Please book online using the links above or click here.

Pre-booking tickets is the only way to guarantee entry.

Accompanying adults: FREE*

Babies under 12 months: FREE* 

(*with a paying child)

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