Meet Melvin. He’s a sad… (ish) robot. And we’re asking you to tell his story.


This competition is open to children aged between 4 and 11, and you can win a signed copy of Joshua Margolis’ book, ‘Melvin the Sad… (ish) Robot’, along with a couple of extra goodies from the author/artist himself.

To enter, you need to produce a piece of writing about Melvin. This could be a story, a series of Melvin’s diary entries, a collection of letters… you choose! There are some questions below the pictures to help get your ideas flowing.

When you have produced a piece of writing you’re proud of, ask an adult (a parent, carer or teacher) to email it (scanned or typed) to with your name, age, school and their contact details (I’ll need to contact them should you win so that we can organise delivery of your prize). Teachers should seek the permission of parents before sending any work. I’ll publish many of the entries on the website with your first name, age and school.

You have until midnight, Friday 23rd June 2017 to enter.

You can find out more about Joshua and Melvin here:

Joshua has also kindly agreed to answer any questions you may have for him. Email them to and I’ll pass on the best ones.

Good luck, and I look forward to reading your writing!


  • Where did Melvin come from?
  • Who created him?
  • Why is he ‘sad… (ish)’?
  • How old is he?
  • What does he carry in his bag?
  • Does he have any hobbies or interests?
  • What makes him happy? What makes him sad?