Calling all writers and wearers!

I’ve carried my baby through wind and rain, through tears and laughs, through love and need. I’ve carried my baby across town and across the world. One thing that never changes – the freedom of hands, the deep connection, the love between us.

Once motherhood struck here in this home, I have found I really miss writing. Do you miss it, too? Or perhaps carrying your loved one has inspired a new wordsmith in you? Well, here’s an excuse to exercise your writing muscles in the new year!

We’re opening a call for writers to submit their work for The Wrap Show Writing Contest! We want to read your piece with a simple title: Worn. What follows is up to you. Write about your joy, a moment in time, your journey, your challenge, or wherever Worn takes you.

Your entries can be essays or poems up to 750 words (but less is ok!). Winning submissions will be published not only in our programme but also on our online channels. Three winners will be announced 1 May and will win a ticket to The Wrap Show.


Excerpt  from Milky Moments

We’re so excited about the judges of our writing contest. Red, The Wrap Show blogger, will be joined by Ellie Stoneley, author of award-winning children’s book Milky Moments. The three winners will also each receive a copy of her beautiful book. Ellie will also be coming to The Wrap Show and will selling and signing copies on the day.

All submissions will be read and will be judged on:

  • originality
  • quality of content
  • clarity of expression
  • creativity
  • how closely it fits to the theme

Fine Print: Submissions must be in English and otherwise unpublished. Only one submission per person. Authors must be at least 18 years old. Please also submit one photo of yourself using a carrier (baby optional!) that you have the rights to that we can publish with your text. By submitting your piece, you agree that you wrote the piece and that while you own the copyright, The Wrap Show reserves the unrestricted right to use entries, in full or in part, for publication and promotion. Your contact details will only be used to execute the contest. Entries will be judged anonymously. The decision of judges is final. Prizes are non transferrable and have no monetary value.

Entries are due 31 March. Please submit your entry and your photo by email to welcome [at] with the subject line of: Writing Contest Submission. By submitting your work, you are agreeing to the contest terms and conditions.

We can’t wait to read about your passion for wearing.

About Ellie Stoneley, author Children’s Book of the Year 2015/16
Ellie Stoneley gave birth to her daughter at the age of 47 in 2012. When she’s not writing, or singing about the wheels on the bus, or rushing off to the school run, Ellie works freelance helping small charities and businesses to give themselves a louder voice online. She studied Psychology and English Literature at Durham University, and has worked all over the world, most notably mining opals in the Australian outback and as a volunteer, on behalf of the Kitchen Table Charities Trust, for whom she travelled to Madagascar to highlight the issues many children face there. Ellie writes regularly about mothering and being an older first time mother on her own blog Mush Brained Ramblings, for Huffington Post, as well as at Mumsnet, Midlife Mothers, What to Expect, Breastfeeding Matters and Cambridge News. She appears on TV and radio to discuss a variety of parenting issues.

When her daughter was born Ellie was determined to breastfeed, but things got off to a shaky start as her baby was premature and had to be fed via a nasal tube, and was found to have a tongue tie. Ellie found tremendous support from her local breastfeeding drop in centre which transformed their nursing experience. A big fan of wraps, Ellie didn’t own a buggy until her daughter was 9 months old and carried her everywhere.

You can find Ellie and the Milky Moments page on Facebook here and read more about Milky Moments on the publishers website here.

Ellie Stoneley