SOS Sagas: Trapped |
Creative Writing Competition

11-18 Years

SOS Sagas: Trapped Video

The clock is ticking... time is running out... Trapped. Fright. Fight. Freedom.

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!

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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!

Tip #2

Creating a convincing character is important in every story, especially so when you only have 100 words to do so! Ask students to think about their protagonist and their defining traits. What is their motivation? What has happened to them in the past to make them do what they’re doing now? How do they feel about the situation they’re in now?  What adjectives describe them both physically and mentally?

Creating a back story will help your students jump straight into action and use their 100 words wisely!

Tip #3

Ask students to work in pairs:

To capture



Together students need to agree on a plot for the Trapped theme- the ‘trapped’ student then writes their mini saga from their point of view and vice versa with the student who is capturing.

This activity will also make for a fantastic sharing session, where pairs read out their Capture vs Trapped mini sagas... you could even create an exciting online display of their work for other students and parents to see!

Tip #4

Grab a student entry form and randomly number the story starters on there from 1 to 8, so you can refer back to these numbers in the lesson.

Before the lesson starts, have the Trapped video ready to play and turn the lights off. Let your students come into the class wondering what is going to happen!

As soon as they are seated, play the video – nice and loud like at the cinema, so it really grabs their senses and attention.

Once it’s over, get your students to count themselves off 1-8 and make a note of which number they are. They will be wondering what is going on, as well as intrigued and hopefully excited!

Ask all students who are number 1 to put their hands up – read them their story starter you have numbered 1. Repeat with numbers 2-8 until every student has a story starter to inspire their work. They’ll be ready to get writing!

Tip #5

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

Here are 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...

Every word counts in mini saga writing, so an exciting ending is a great way to finish and keep the tension and atmosphere right to the very end!

Get In Touch

Young Writers SS
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 6th November 2020