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The unthinkable has happened.

An epic catastrophe has struck bringing with it a wave of contamination. The catastrophe wiped out civilisation as we know it and now the contamination is coming for what’s left... Will the survivors manage to build up resistance or will too many become contaminated, eliminating everything in their wake?

Survival Sagas challenges your students to write a mini saga, a story in 100 words to tell us how the world has become contaminated and now on the brink of doom. What type of contamination has swept the world creating chaos and devastation? Why? How?

Students can interpret the theme as they wish, as we love to encourage creativity and originality! Survival Sagas: Mission Contamination is sure to take your students to perilous places and help them create thrilling, death-defying fiction...

Mission Contamination


  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school

  • Stories can be on the entry form or A4 sheet of paper

  • Stories must be your students' own work

  • Ensure that all student include their name and age on their entries



For Schools

1st Prize - 1 x £1,000 and the Young Writers' Award of Excellence

2nd Prize - 1 x £500

3rd Prize - 1 x £250

For Students

Our favourite 5 writers will each win £100, a signed copy of “Killer T” by Robert Muchamore and a trophy!

Student winners will be chosen from entries received in the Spring Term 2019 and awarded in the Summer Term 2019.

How To Enter



To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Poster, Lesson Plan, resources, and more… please fill in the short form below. All download links will appear once the form is sent and the links will also be emailed to you.



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Writing Tips

Tip #1

Inspire your students by encouraging them to discuss contamination-themed ideas either in small groups or as a class.

  • Ask students to work together to create a list of 5 contamination scenarios – such as a toxin released into the air or an infected animal bite – how many different contamination ideas can they come up with?
  • Once they have an idea to inspire their contamination mini saga, suggest a secondary theme to give their writing depth.  For example: discovery, isolation, escape, loss, power or justice.
  • Follow us on Twitter @YoungWritersCW for tips, ideas as well as to see how other schools are getting involved in Mission Contamination!

Tip #2

As spring grows nearer by the day, the change in season brings with it a whole host of contamination possibilities…

  • Spring: what if pollen was contaminated and spread by bees? The wind and rain could easily spread a contagion…
  • Summer: festivals, beaches, traffic jams, airports, swimming pools – all packed places easy to contaminate…
  • Autumn: Halloween could be a real scare if a contagion was released…
  • Winter: coughs and colds, the perfect way to spread an airborne contagion…

Tip #3

On the 20th March it is World Storytelling Day - let your students’ imaginations run riot with Survival Sagas: Mission Contamination…

From airborne or an infected bite to toxic waste or a super breed… there are so many ideas to inspire amazing mini sagas. Be sure to check out the video above and download other free resources!

There's so much fun to be had with World Storytelling Day – why not tweet us @YoungWritersCW to let us know how you’ve celebrated!

Tip #4

Ask students to research contamination-themed (and age-appropriate!) movies! This is a fun way to engage students and get them thinking outside the box. You could even set watching the film that intrigues them the most as homework!

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Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

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