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Crazy Creatures 2023 |
Creative Writing Competition
| 7-12 Years

Crazy Creatures 2023 Video

Your pupils will go wild for this creative writing competition!

A fantastic way to get them excited about writing as they create a crazy creature and write a story about it...

There's nothing more fascinating than a child's imagination, and with Crazy Creatures your pupils can let their imaginations roam free as they design and create their very own monster and then write a mini saga, a story told in up to 100 words.

From a cute fluffball with a nasty bite to a giant monstrosity who just wants to make friends, the possibilities are endless and your pupils can have fun whilst putting the writing skills and techniques they've learnt into practice.

Benefits of entering:
😈 Free to enter
🐉 Colourful worksheets to engage your pupils
👾 Gives your pupils a purpose for their writing
👻 Opportunity for your pupils to be published in a real book
👹 Free book for your school
👽 Bookmark and sticker for every entrant

The FREE resources will not only make planning a breeze for you, but will also help to inspire your pupils and turn them into confident writers. Downloadable resources include:
🌟 Example stories from past winners so your pupils can see what a good one looks like
🌟 Fortune teller idea generator for those pupils who might need a prompt
🌟 Story mountain to help with planning
🌟 Lesson plan and PowerPoint which help your pupils learn how to write a mini saga

Make sure you click on the Downloads tab to get yours today!

Your pupils are going to be buzzing with excitement as they invent their crazy creatures, we can't wait to read all their amazing stories!

Crazy Creatures is ideal for 7-12 year-olds but pupils outside this age range are welcome to enter the competition.

Closing Date: 22nd December 2023.

We've worked with over 20,000 schools. Here's what some of them have to say...

The children really enjoyed the freedom. Well resourced with PowerPoints to support.

R Sunley, Knighton Mead Primary Academy
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Printed Resources

Save money on printing, let us know how many you'd like of the resources below, and we'll pop them in the post for you!

Teacher Information Card
Pupil Worksheet

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SEN Worksheet
Word Doc Pupil Entry Form (no printer needed!)
Online Portal Teacher Guide
Online Portal Pupil Guide
Pupil Worksheet
Pupil Information Guide
Teacher Entry Form
Teacher Information Card
Lesson Plan
Story Mountain
PowerPoint PDF
Example Stories
Idea Generator

Competition Rules

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

  • Closing Date: Friday 22nd December 2023
  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Mini sagas can be submitted on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or using the Online Writing Portal or Word Doc entry form)

  • Mini sagas must be your pupils' own work.

  • Each pupil's name, age and school name should be included on their entry. (Entries can be submitted with first names only or initials if needed.)

  • Mini sagas have a 100-word limit.

  • If a story starter/ending is used, it must be included in the 100-word limit.

  • Ensure you have the relevant permissions to enter from your headteacher/SLT, if this is required by your school or trust. (We can complete any Cyber Security or GDPR forms required, please email them over!)

  • UK entrants only.

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

For Schools

The school that submits the best set of entries will win the Young Writers' Award of Excellence and a £100 National Book Token. 

PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their pupils feature in!

(Remember, you receive 1 free copy for every 30 entries you submit! E.g. 1-30 entries you receive 1 copy, 31-60 entries you receive 2 copies, etc.)

For Pupils

Our 10 favourite published writers will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!


Every entrant receives a bookmark and sticker, and we award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication.

(School and pupil winners will be chosen from entries received in the Autumn Term 2023 and awarded the following term. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ.)

Enter Online


Email your entries to [email protected]


Upload your entries

  Pupils type their entries online

Why not combine literacy and ICT by using the online writing portal? Pupils can type their work and you can submit them at the click of a button!

Writing Portal

Send by Freepost

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

Young Writers KS2
Remus House

We're looking forward to reading your pupils' mini sagas!

Jenni, Editor

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Get In Touch

Young Writers KS2
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 22nd December 2023