Writing Competition

Jump! Mag Writing Competition for Girls – Winner – Amelia 15 years

Our Writing Competition Winner in the age category 14 to 16 years is Amelia



What does it mean to you, that you are a girl?

To many, being a girl means the make-up, the hair, the clothes and that perfect size 6 figure. It’s all about the glitz and glam, and being from Essex that stereotype is bigger than ever, where people believe it’s a compulsory part of any girl’s everyday look to have a tangerine coloured spray tan.

Jodie Marsh, Amy Childs and Katie Price are now at the forefront of society for being ideal role models for young girls to aspire to, so if we don’t have the right length hair extensions or correct coloured fake nails then we obviously don’t fit the model of the idealistic ‘girly girl’ image.

So if we don’t fit this image then what about the ‘brainy girl’ image that being a girl is all about to others? The ‘Geek-Chic’ type. Girls are forever being compared to the likes of Charlotte Bront? for her magical writing skills that are known worldwide through novels such as ‘Jane Eyre’ or even Marie Curie for her phenomenal scientific experiments that won her many Nobel prizes, because these are the women that made a mark in the history books, women that thoroughly changed the meaning of ‘being a girl’.

But what if we girls don’t fit these typical images? What if we don’t conform to the stereotypes set by our society? Does this make us abnormal?

No, it shouldn’t and it doesn’t. Being a girl means so much more than the brains and the beauty, because ‘A Plain Jane’ has just as much to offer to society as a Miss World winner.

A waitress can change the lives of others just as much as a Neuroscientologist, because being a girl is about the personality; what you bring to your life and the lives of others.

To me it’s about being an individual that plays a valid and trusted role within my friendship groups and family; it’s about being there for the people who need support at difficult times and doing what I can to be the best I can be, whether that includes brains and beauty or not. It doesn’t mean from time to time we can’t be a little stroppy or have the classic diva moments because that’s just part of being a teenage girl.

But as long as we can put our stamp on society, however small it may be, then we’ve achieved so much since the days when woman were just society’s pretty little accessory and men were considered to be the almighty gender.

To me being a girl is about being whoever I want to be, not what society tells me I should be – and if a little glitz and glam comes with that then so be it, it’s up to me to decide.



Amelia, Age 15 years



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Writing Competition

International Day of The Girl – Jump! Mag Writing Competition for Girls 2012

Did you know that next Thursday, 11th October is the first International Day of The Girl?


When girls are educated, they help raise their families out of poverty, but estimated 75 million girls around the world do not attend school.

Plan UK has been working at changing this for over 75 years, with thousands of British people signing up to sponsor a child – not just girls, but boys too. They campaign for change, and raise money to help children around the world. 

To highlight the plight of girls, Plan has lobbied to have the United Nations declare an International Day of The Girl.

We will be asking our readers to share their stories. What does it mean to you, that you are a girl?


What is the best thing about being a girl? And is there anything that you don’t like? 


Do you have role models, women who you look up to? What makes you want to be like them?


Write down your thoughts, and email them to us at editor @ jumpmag.co.uk


Don’t forget to put your name and your age on your entry 


We will put them on Jump! Mag on Thursday to celebrate International Day of The Girl.


All articles will be published on Jump! Mag, but the writers of the winning three articles (in the age groups Under 10 years, 11 to 13 years and 14 to 16 years) will receive a prize.


Rules and Regulations

The article or story should be a maximum of 700 words (or thereabouts – don’t worry if you are a little bit over, but don’t send us novels!)

The winners will be announced on Friday 12th October.

The winning entries will be posted on Jump! Mag over the weekend of 12/13/14th October.

All other entries will be published on Jump! Mag over the following days/weeks (it may take a while for your entry to be published, depending on how many entries we have but we promise we will publish them all)

The decision on the winning entry will be made by the Jump! Mag Editorial Team and their decision is final.