I'm not sure if people in the UK are aware but BBC Radio 2 has launched its 500 words short story writing competition. It's open to 5-13 year olds from now until Feb 25th. Most of us are too old for this contest but I'm sure a lot of you have/know kids who might want to take part. All the info can be found on the 500 words website.
I'm definitely too old to enter the contest but I was having a play around on the website and came across their random word generator which is meant as a starting point for those who lack inspiration. It might make a nice challenge in this forum to click the robot and write a short something using the words generated. It wouldn't have to be 500 words but it might be fun to do anyway... admin I'll leave this one to you!