Spine Chillers 2020
Creative Writing Competition

11-18 Years

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Get writing today with Spine-Chillers!

What Lurks In Your Students' Imaginations?

There’s nothing better than reading a thrilling story, one that grips you so tightly and puts your senses on alert simply through the power of words. Spine-Chillers is a fantastic way to get your students writing in this way by using tension, suspense and atmosphere – the optional lesson plan covers these techniques and more. Inspire students to create their own original mini saga, a story told in just 100 words, and become published writers!


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.

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

  • Mini Sagas must be your students' own work.

  • Ensure that all students 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)

  • Where possible, please send in your students' entries altogether.

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

For Schools

1st Prize

£500 resource voucher of your school's choice & the Young Writers' Award Of Excellence


4x £250 National Book Tokens

School prizes are awarded from entries received in the 2019/20 academic year. 

For Students

Student Prize 

£50 & a selection of book titles!

The student winner will be chosen from entries received in the Spring/Summer Terms 2020. 


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

Tips will be added here each week that the competition is running.


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

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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 7th August 2020