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Ancient Adventures |
Creative Writing Competition
| Ideal for 7-12

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Ancient Adventures is an exciting, fun way to engage 7-12 year-olds with creative writing by inspiring them to write a mini saga, which is a story told in up to 100 words!

Take your pupils on a trip through time to get their creativity flowing...

Combine the excitement of history with the fun of imagination to create Ancient Adventures! Your pupils can pick any person, place or event from history to inspire their mini saga, a story told in up to 100 words.

From discovering a pharaoh's tomb or a soldier in the trenches to being Queen Victoria or an explorer sailing the seven seas, it's a great way to tie creative writing with your current history topic. Your pupils will have fun as they put their writing skills into practise creating original stories.

The opportunity to see their work in print will inspire your pupils to get writing, and everyone chosen for publication will receive a certificate of merit. There are also fantastic prizes to be won - our 10 favourite stories will each win their writers a creative writing goody bag and the school with the best set of entries will win an incredible £500! 

There are many additional resources to download that will inspire your pupils and help them to plan their stories. If you need more colourful worksheets to get your whole class involved, you can request as many as you need and we will post them to you free of charge. 

Let's take your pupils on an Ancient Adventure today!

Closing Date: Friday 19th Jul 2024

We've worked with over 20,000 schools. Here's what some of them have to say...

Thank you for giving us such a lovely engaging activity. The video lesson plan was great fun too!

Helen Auster, Long Crendon School
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Printed Resources

Save money on printing, let us know how many you'd like of the resources below, and we'll pop them in the post for you!

Ancient Adventures Teacher Info Card
Ancient Adventures Pupil Worksheet

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Word Doc Entry Form
PowerPoint Presentation
Parent Information Guide
Ancient Adventures Pupil Worksheet
Ancient Egyptians Fact File
Vikings Fact File
WWII Fact File
Ancient Adventures Teacher Info Card
Teacher Entry Form
Online Writing Portal Teacher Guide
Online Writing Portal Pupil Guide
PDF Presentation
Lesson Plan
Roman Britain Fact File
Idea Generator

Competition Rules

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

Closing Date: Friday 19th Jul 2024

  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible.
  • Ask your pupils to write their story (or an adult can scribe/type it), ensuring their name, age and school name are included.
  • Work can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).
  • 100-word limit (this does not include the title).
  • Pupils' stories must be their own work! (Please note on the entry if there is anything we need to take into consideration when reading the work.)
  • UK entrants only.
  • Free to enter.
  • Ideal for 7-12 year-olds but pupils outside this age range are welcome to enter.
  • Copyright remains with the author.

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

For Schools

1st Prize will win £500 & Young Writers’ Award of Excellence

2 x Runners-Up will receive an awesome book bundle.

PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their pupils 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 Pupils

Our 10 favourite published writers will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!


Every entrant receives a bookmark & sticker and we award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication.

(School & pupil winners will be chosen from entries received in the Summer Term 2024. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ.)

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  Entrants type their entries online

Why not combine literacy and ICT by using the online writing portal? Entrants can type their work and you can submit them at the click of a button!

Writing Portal

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

Young Writers KS2
Remus House

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Young Writers KS2
Remus House

Closing Date: Friday 19th Jul 2024

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