Calling all budding young writers and illustrators! Enter Chestnut Tree House’s Snowman competition

Just launched, these festive competitions from Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice are perfect for budding writers or illustrators! This winter, Chestnut Tree House are asking children aged 4-16 to create their own spectacular snowman picture or to write a short story inspired by Raymond Briggs’ original picture book, The Snowman™.

Raymond Briggs has been a Patron of his local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House, for many years. His classic 1978 picture book, The Snowman is loved by families everywhere, however, the themes and emotions particularly resonate with children’s hospices and the families they care for. Friendship, having adventures and creating precious memories are central to the story, and Chestnut Tree House is hoping that children will be inspired by the story and the themes will spark their creativity.

Get arty…

Use Raymond Briggs’ famous Snowman as inspiration and draw or paint your own snowman-themed picture! The only requirement is that you feature a snowman in your design (or more than one if you like).

Get writing…

The young boy in Raymond Briggs’ illustrated story experiences the most amazing adventure and makes lots of wonderful memories with his new friend, The Snowman. Write, in no more than 250 words, about a special memory, or an adventure or moment you have shared with someone.

The entry deadline is 31 December 2020 and entries will be judged in three age categories: 4-7 years, 8-11 years and 12-16 years. There will be one winner in each age category for both the drawing and writing competitions, with gift card prizes. Entries can be submitted online or by post.

“For the last three years, I have had the pleasure of judging the snowman-themed children’s drawing competition for Chestnut Tree House. It’s always a difficult job to choose a winner from so many different ideas and artistic styles, but I look forward to seeing what children create. Chestnut Tree House is a charity close to my heart, and I would like to thank everyone for their support. Your help means that Chestnut Tree House can continue caring for children and families in our local community.” Raymond Briggs CBE, Patron of Chestnut Tree House.

To find out more about the drawing and writing competitions, and other ways you can get involved with Chestnut Tree House this winter, visit


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