SOS Hunted

11-18 Years

SOS Hunted Video

Heart racing... sweaty palms... dilated pupils... hairs on the back of your neck stand up... Hunted: Outrun. Outlast. Outwit.

Get your students' gripped with writing as they create their own thriller in just 100 words.

Tension and suspense will have their writing leaping off the page as they enjoy creating their piece inspired by one the enclosed 8 story starters. Your students can interpret them as they wish to, using any time period and narrative techniques they’d like.

There's a fantastic video that introduces your students to the activity in just 1 minute! It's guaranteed to create a buzz in your classroom… let the hunt begin!


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

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

  • Independent entrants are welcome, please provide your full postal address rather than the school's details.

  • Stories can be written on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper.

  • Stories must be your students' own work and must not exceed 100 words.

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

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

For Schools

1st Place

£500 resource voucher and the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence


4 x £250 National Book Tokens

We provide a complimentary copy to every school that takes part too!

SOS Hunted Prize

For Students

Our favourite 5 writers will each win £100, a set of Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman & the Young Writers' Award of Excellence.

Pupil winners will be chosen from entries received in the Autumn Term 2019.


Send your entries by uploading them:

Enter Now

Enter through our Student Typing Portal:

Go to Portal

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

By Post

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

Young Writers SS
Remus House

Writing Tips

Tip #1

You’ll see on the student entry form that we have suggested ideas for the theme of hunted. Before you hand these to students, split them into groups. Each group needs a sheet of paper.

Give them 5 minutes to write down as many ideas of what they think could be hunted or the hunter – encourage them to be creative! Think outside the box.

After 5 minutes, bring the class back together and talk through all their suggestions. They should now have an idea on what to write about and you can introduce the story starter postcards!


Please fill in the form below to reveal the resource download links:

By Post

If you'd prefer to be sent the resources, please fill in the form below (including amounts of each resource required) and we'll get them posted to you:

Get In Touch

Young Writers SS
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 20th December 2019