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:

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Enter through our Student Typing Portal:

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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!

Tip #2

The story starter postcards are 8 little gems that will inspire your students to get writing regardless of age or their ability! Your students can be inspired by any of these, or simply write their mini saga on the theme of hunted:

It’s not safe now they know...

It has to be here somewhere...

The sirens wailed...

We were close...

I couldn’t run for much longer...

I had 24 hours...

We have to leave. Now.

I still have nightmares about it...


Tip #3

Try this activity to get your students writing with tension...


Split the class into groups and give each group one of these themes:

  • High Stakes – what could be won or lost?
  • Dilemma – what two (or more) alternatives could the character choose between?
  • Unpredictable – what could the character do that was unexpected?
  • Time Limits – what time pressure could be applied to the character?
  • Revelation – what could be revealed to add a twist to the tale?


Tip #4

Why not inspire you students with exciting endings to wrap up their mini saga perfectly!

Here is our top 3:

  • A Twist - an unexpected ending!
  • A circular ending - links back to the start of the story
  • Cliff-hanger - leaves the reader wondering what happens next...


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Get In Touch

Young Writers SS
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 20th December 2019

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