SOS Sagas: Trapped
Creative Writing Competition

11-18 Years

SOS Sagas: Trapped Video

Get Your 11-18 Year-Olds Re-engaged with Creative Writing!

Get your students gripped with creative writing as they write their own thrilling mini saga, a story told in just 100 words.

Your students will be excited to write as they enjoy taking part in the trapped quiz on the back of their entry form, before choosing a story starter or creating their own! Your students can interpret the story starters as they wish to, using any time period or 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 excitement, banishing boredom and lets you enjoy seeing your whole class engaged!


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).

  • 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.

  • Story starters are optional but must be included in your students' word count if they use one.

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

For Schools


4x £250 National Book Tokens

School winners will be chosen from entries received for SOS Sagas competitions: Hunted, Missing, Trapped.

SOS Sagas: Trapped Prize

For Students

Our favourite 5 writers will each an awesome Cross Pen & a trophy.

 Student winners are chosen from entries received in the Autumn Term 2020.


Send your entries by uploading them:

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Enter through our Student 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 SS
Remus House

Writing Tips

Tip #1

With students out of the habit of writing they may struggle with generating ideas and getting started, so why not get them to help each other? This tip is great because it takes the pressure off the writer as they aren’t solely responsible for the story. 

Get your students to work in pairs (they don’t need to be sat close to each other for this to work). Each student needs to come up with a scenario where their partner is trapped, be sure to encourage original and creative ideas. Once they have come up with their idea they explain to their partner the situation and they then have 100 words to get out… or not!


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 23rd October 2020