Many great stories are inspired by the ocean and what lies in the Big Blue. From Julia Donaldson’s Sharing a Shell, to Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, there’s nothing more stirring than a book about ocean exploration.

Family Traveller would like your children to write a story about underwater worlds. It could be a fantasy story about what lies beneath the ocean, or an account of your own snorkelling experience on holiday, or even a trip to a fabulous aquarium near your home.

Stories should be no longer than 500 words in length and there are two age categories: Age 5-10 and 11-16 (no adults allowed)!

Get your entries to us by 30 June, 2019. Enter below!

The prize


  • A 7-night stay in a James Villa Holidays Malta or Gozo villa for a total of 4 people
  • Four return flights direct to Malta from a UK airport
  • The prize holiday must be taken during October half term 2019
  • Winning entries will be published in the autumn issue of Family Traveller magazine and online
  • Winners will be asked to write up their holiday to feature in the winter issue of Family Traveller magazine

Malta for Families

The Mediterranean islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino offer incredible diving experiences for families and children. With clear blue seas, an abundance of reefs, stunning caverns, caves and wrecks, the islands’ have retained their title as the second-best dive destination in the world. Introductory sessions are available for children and youngsters can get their PADIs from the age of 10. The island’s crystal-clear waters provide perfect conditions for inspiring children and it is no wonder that active families are drawn to discover not just the multitude of underwater delights but also the archipelago’s plethora of stunning historical sites.

Families love James Villas

As the UK’s leading villa holiday company, James Villas has been providing villa holidays for over 30 years. Founded in 1984, and starting with just one villa, they now have 3,000 villas in over 60 destinations. From European destinations such as Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta and Gozo to further flung destinations including Florida and The Caribbean, there’s a wide range of choice. Also offering flights, car hire and other extras including transfers and airport hotels, they take care of the little things to provide the full package holiday experience.

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  • Please enter a value between 5 and 16.
  • By entering this competition, you're agreeing to our terms of entry.
  • Terms and conditions
    • The deadline for entries is June 30th 2019. Family Traveller will notify the two winners by July 7th 2019.
    • The holiday, including flights, must be booked and passenger details provided by July 15th 2019.
    • The holiday must be taken during October half term 2019.
    • The Prize consists of:
    • A 7 night stay in a James Villa Holidays Malta or Gozo villa for a total of 4 people
    • Malta Tourist Authority will provide four return flights from a UK airport on hand luggage only and with one piece of checked luggage per winner’s family.
    • Flights must be booked 3 months ahead by July 15th 2019.
    • The winner must provide a range of preferred travel dates during October half term 2019 and James Villas will then provide a list of selected available villas in these destinations
    • Should the winner wish for additional passengers/ people to their James Villas holiday, this will be at the expense of the winner and is not included within the James Villas prize.
    • This must be booked through James Villas and paid for by the winner/attendees.
    • The Prize does not include spending money, travel insurance or any other costs associated with the booking.
    • The Winner must be a named passenger on the booking and the person booking the holiday must be at least 21 years old
    • The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable, has no cash alternative and has no cancellation value once booked.
    • The winner & their chosen guests must hold a valid passport and must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date of departure from the UK.
    • The winner and companions are responsible for obtaining any other necessary travel documentation, authorization, immunizations and visas.
    • These terms and conditions are correct at the time of being published and may be subject to change without notice.
    • The prize booking is subject to James Villas booking conditions
    • These terms and conditions are correct at the time of being published and may be subject to change without notice.