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The Glitch |
Creative Writing Competition
| 11-18 Years

The Glitch Video

A sudden shift, a twist of fate, and bam! Everything changes!

Let imaginations run wild and create confident writers as your students consider the consequences of The Glitch.

What happens when an ordinary day turns extraordinary? What are the effects on the world if one thing is changed forever? What thrilling or terrifying outcomes are unleashed if one mishap alters reality? These are the questions we're asking 11-18 year-olds to consider for this mini saga competition.

The possibilities are infinite, which allows students to write about what excites them, engaging them with creative writing. The 100-word limit takes away the fear of long-form writing, allowing them to focus on the action and compels them to carefully consider vocabulary and word choice.

There are fantastic resources to support both you and your students to help them get writing including:

💥 Model example stories from previous winning entrants

💥 Optional story starters to fire up imaginations

💥 Lesson plan and PowerPoint on speculative fiction writing

💥 A second lesson plan on writing with atmosphere, suspense and tension

💥 Story planning sheet with word bank

💥 Mini activities to help spark ideas

Writing for the purpose of being published in a real book is always guaranteed to capture students' attention, and the exciting video will make them eager to get started, creating a real buzz in your classroom, so get your whole school involved today! We can't wait to see how your students rewrite reality for The Glitch!

Closing Date: 22nd December 2023.

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Writing Development Tips For Mini Sagas
Atmosphere, Suspense and Tension Lesson Plan
Speculative Fiction PowerPoint PDF
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Teacher Entry Form
Student Information Guide
Student Entry Form
Recommended Reads
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Online Writing Portal Teacher Guide
Online Writing Portal Pupil Guide
Story Starters A3
Story Planning Sheet
Speculative Fiction Lesson Plan

Competition Rules

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

  • Closing Date: Friday 22nd December 2023
  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Entries must be your students' own original work.

  • Mini sagas can be submitted on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or using the Online Writing Portal or Word Doc entry form)

  • Mini sagas have a 100-word limit.

  • If a story starter/ending is used, it must be included in the 100-word limit.

  • Each student's name, age and school name should be included on their entry. (Entries can be submitted with first names only or initials if needed.)

  • Ensure you have the relevant permissions to enter from your headteacher/SLT, if this is required by your school or trust. (We can complete any Cyber Security or GDPR forms required, please email them over!)

  • UK entrants only.

  • Free to enter.

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

For Schools

The school that submits the best overall set of entries will win The Young Writers' Award of Excellence and a £100 National Book Token.

PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their students feature in!

(Remember, you receive 1 free copy for every 30 entries you submit! E.g. 1-30 entries you receive 1 copy, 31-60 entries you receive 2 copies, etc)

For Students

Our favourite 5 writers will each win £50 and a trophy!

Plus every entrant receives a bookmark and all writers chosen for publication will get a certificate of merit. 

(School & student winners will be chosen from entries submitted in the Autumn Term 2023. The prizes will be sent in the following term.)

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

Young Writers SS
Remus House

We're looking forward to reading your students' mini sagas!

Jenni, Editor

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Get In Touch

Young Writers SS
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 22nd December 2023