Green Pencil Award 2012

“The Green Pencil Award is surely one of the most important children’s writing competitions there is. Year after year it fires up children’s imaginations about topics that really affect us all. I’m very much looking forward to hear what the boys and girls will say about ‘Birds & Beasties’. I know it will be imaginative, thought-provoking – and, most of all, exciting!”

– Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin

This year’s Green Pencil Award for children in the P4 – P7 age range was launched yesterday at the Hermitage of Braid by pupils from Pentland Primary School and Reader in Residence Ryan Van Winkle.

The theme this year is ‘Birds & Beasties’, encouraging entrants to write about wildlife they encounter in spaces such as their garden or local park .

In addition to the trophy there are various activity prizes for the winner and their class mates donated by the Scottish Seabird Centre, RSPB, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Forestry Commission Scotland, Forest Rangers, Scottish Natural Heritage and The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

More details at


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