A Wander In The Woods |
Creative Writing Competition

7-11 Years

A Wander In The Woods Video

Engage your pupils with creative writing!

Inspire your young writers to write a mini saga, a story told in 100 words!

Did you know that the National Literacy Trust reported only 50% of children enjoy creative writing?
It’s decreasing year on year... let’s put a stop to that now!

A Wander In The Woods takes your pupils' imaginations on an adventure, whether you can do that outside or set the scene in your classroom.

Winter is a wonderful time in the woods! Your pupils's mini sagas (a story told in just 100 words) can be inspired by nature or they could retell a fairy tale with a twist. Perhaps a school or camping trip would make a fantastic recount and, of course, there’s the good old ghost story to give us chills on dark and stormy days!

If your students are home learning or you want to go paperless, log in to your teacher account here: https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/online/teachers to use the fantastic Online Writing Portal. If you need a reminder of your school's login info please email [email protected] from your school email.

If you go down to the woods today you're in for... an amazing English lesson!

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To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school.

  • Mini sagas can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed.

  • Mini sagas must be your pupils' own work.

  • Ensure that all pupils include their name and age on their entries.

  • Mini Sagas must be told in no more than 100 words (the title isn't included in this).

  • Independent entries are welcome - please provide your home address details instead of the school's.

  • Where possible, the school to send / upload / email all their students' entries to us.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

1st Prize

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence and a bundle of books for their school library for the school with the best selection of entries overall.

2 x Runners-Up

Each receives a framed certificate and a bundle of books for their school library!

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the 2020/2021 academic year.)


Every participating school receives a complimentary copy of the book their pupils feature in.

A Wander In The Woods Prize

For Pupils

Our 10 favourite published writers each win an amazing creative writing goody bag!

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the Autumn Tern 2020 and awarded next term. The goody bag contents may differ from the image.)


Every entrant receives a bookmark and sticker, and writers chosen for publication are awarded a certificate too!


Send your entries by uploading them:

Enter Now

Enter through our pupil typing portal:

Writing Portal

Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

By Post

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

Young Writers KS2
Remus House

Writing Tips

Tip #1

Watch the video with your pupils to introduce them to A Wander In The Woods: https://youtu.be/wasjQAcXZQg

Next, play this game to help generate ideas to write about...

- Give pupils a word that’s on the wander in the woods theme, such as tree, fox, stream, camping etc
- Now ask a pupil to give you a word that’s associated with your word. (E.g. if you said tree, they might say leaf)
- The next player, in clockwise order, has to quickly say a word that has some connection with the previous word and so on

It’s a fun way to generate ideas on the theme. If any words mentioned stand out to you – make a note and discuss them with the class. Once you have finished playing the word association game, ask your pupils to write down an idea to write about.

Tip #2

Can your pupils name any woodland creatures? E.g.
Dwarves, elves, giants, gnomes, gremlins, fairies, werewolves, centaurs, trolls and dragons...

Pick a woodland creature and help your pupils generate ideas on what the creature could be doing:
- On a quest to find an item
- Hiding from humans
- Helping nature
- Protecting treasure
- A guardian of woodland royalty

Encourage your pupils to be original! Once you have several ideas, discuss as a class which one you’ll write a class mini saga about. This will help your pupils understand the format of a mini saga and assist with generating ideas and planning too!

Get In Touch

Young Writers KS2
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 18th December 2020