stories4schools – Publish Your Stories

stories4schools provides the opportunity for students at your school to have their work published. It provides a real life challenge with a tangible outcome. It links creative writing with writing for a purpose. It stimulates an interest in local culture, heritage and places and it raises the profile of your school to parents and the local community.

And it doesn’t need to cost your school a penny!…

What’s Involved:

You set your students the challenge of creating illustrated stories inspired by their local culture, heritage or environment. This might involve visiting local places for interest, researching local traditions and culture or inviting local people and artists to visit your school.

Students then create their illustrated stories. This can be done by students working in different roles (writers and illustrators) or in small groups or as whole classes or even classes working together (for example Year 5 supporting Reception).

A typical book is 50 – 70 pages long. Stories can be picture books (mostly pictures and less words) or mostly words with a few supporting illustrations.

You email over your stories and post your original artwork. Stories are then copy-edited and the artwork is scanned and enhanced before being layed out in your school’s own story book. There are no templates, no clipart – this is your students’ work with a professional finish.

The Cost:

Registration is £300

You can choose to either bulk order 160 books for the discounted price of £550 and then sell those books to parents and friends of the school. If you sell them at £6 each (and keep 10 for your school) this will raise £900 making your school a profit of £50.

Or you can order as many copies as you need when you need them at a cost of £6 each.

Most schools choose to bulk order and organise additional fundraising activities. The profits you use can be used to send additional copies of your book to a partner school overseas or charity of your choice. You can see an example of this here.

How to Register:

Either register online here.

Or download the registration form from here.

Or send an email to

The registration fee is payable in advance and is non-refundable. You may register up to a year in advance. Payment for your final books is due 30 days after you receive them. Payment can be made via a Purchase Order, BACS, cheque or debit/credit card.

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