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RULES

  1. Only one entry per pupil.
  2. Mini sagas must be no longer than 100 words.
  3. Entries can be handwritten or typed.
  4. Each pupil's name and age must be included on their work.
  5. Complete and enclose your School Entry Form (found on the reverse of your letter or in our Download section) with your entries, or upload here.
  6. Entries need to reach us by 22nd July 2016.
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For Schools

1st Prize£1,000
2nd Prize£500
3rd Prize£250

For Pupils

1st Prize x 10
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Editors will pick the best writers from entries received during Summer Term 2016.

Congratulations to our latest school and pupil winners – find out more here.

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Order as many colourful worksheets as you need; photocopy the ones you have been sent, give us a call or email, or you can order more using the Request Additional Resources form below.
  2. Ask pupils to write their history-inspired mini saga, ensuring their name, surname and age and included on the entry form.
  3. Send your entries, along with your school entry form to:
    FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    Peterborough
    PE2 9BF
  4. Alternatively, you can upload work here.
  5. Don't forget to include your name and email on the school entry form, as we'll email to acknowledge receipt of your entries and also let you know how to order stickers for your pupils!

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WRITING TIPS

Tip #1

Once pupils have a theme / idea for their Ancient Adventure, ask them to write the synopsis of the story in just two sentences. Can they strip away their ideas to the bare bones?

Once they have their 2 sentences, pupils can then think about - who, what, where, why and when to build their mini saga. Feedback tells us it's easier to build the story up than edit it down to 100 words.

Tip #2

Ask pupils to write their Ancient Adventure in the style of a postcard!

Good, old postcards - brief notes of our holidays or experiences that often make it home long after we've returned from our adventures! Yet using this idea with mini saga writing is pretty clever as a postcard has limited space, so you have to be selective with what you write as well as concise!

It's also a fun way to write in 1st person - what would King Henry VIII have written on a postcard and who would he have sent it to? Or Florence Nightingale or a pharaoh!

Once they have their 2 sentences, pupils can then think about - who, what, where, why and when to build their mini saga. Feedback tells us it's easier to build the story up than edit it down to 100 words.

Tip #3

Ask pupils to write their Ancient Adventure mini saga about a hero or villain!

You could even split your class in to two groups, half write about a hero and the other half write about a villain.

You can let pupils choose or if you prefer, you can give them pairs to write about. This is a great way to inspire creative, thought-provoking writing.

Tip #4

Circular endings link the end of the story back to the start. It's a clever technique to ensure within the 100 words, pupils include their beginning, middle and end without running out of words.

For example, if a pupil wrote about the Great Fire of London, they could end their mini saga with the short and simple sentence; “The hazy smoke was everywhere.”

Example Mini Saga Using A Circular Ending

“The hazy smoke was everywhere. I coughed and sat up…the house was on fire! I shook my wife, who was lying next to me and we grabbed the children. I pushed the door, flames roared beyond it. I pushed it shut. We had no choice but to escape over the rooftops. It was a terrifying scramble for our lives. Townsfolk helped us down from a roof several houses along. Coughing and coughing we ran towards the riverbank and boarded a cart to Finsbury Hill. I looked back. The fire was raging. The hazy smoke was everywhere.”

Tip #5

Why not try providing pupils with headlines to prompt their story writing?

E.g.

  • Wooden Horse Fools Trojan Army!
  • Churchill Declares War on Germany!
  • Magna Carta is Signed!
  • Henry VIII Marries... Again!
  • Spanish Armada is Defeated!
  • Captain Cook Reaches Australia!
  • First Photo of Nessie is Snapped!
  • Elizabeth II Becomes Queen!

Pupils can write about the event how they wish to - they could write from the main character's point of view, give a fictional account from a servant or member of the public, write as if reporting. Pupils are welcome to pick one key point or write an overall account of the event - how will their imagination re-tell history?

To save time, headlines can be discussed in class and the mini saga can be written as a final homework assignment. Can pupils showcase what they've learnt in English and History this year in just 100 words!


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