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Mission Catastrophe |
Creative Writing Competition
| Ideal for 11-18

Mission Catastrophe Video

11-18 year-olds will be inspired to write thrilling tales in just 100 words for Mission Catastrophe!

Catastrophe hits.... Chaos reigns... Is this the end of the world as we know it?

Inspire your students to write thrilling mini sagas, stories told in up to 100 words, with Mission Catastrophe! From minor mishaps to earth-shattering events, your students will relish the opportunity to explore the consequences of catastrophes of all sizes.

The chance to see their work in print will motivate your class to get writing; it will unleash their creativity and give them a purpose to write. With free online resources to support them every step of the way, Mission Catastrophe sets your students on an exciting journey of storytelling.

💥 Model example stories

💥 Optional story starters to kick-start imaginations

💥 Ready-made lesson plan and accompanying PowerPoint 

💥 Activity sheet with word bank to help spark ideas

💥 Story planning sheet

Check out the exciting video which introduces the activity, it's guaranteed to create a buzz in your classroom. 

You can download or request as many entry forms as you need to get your whole school involved, so ignite imaginations and join Mission Catastrophe today!

Closing Date: Friday 19th Apr 2024

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

We loved doing 'This Is Me' so it's great that you offer an opportunity for a younger age group too.

Z Everett, The London Acorn 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!

Student Entry Form
Teacher Information Folder
Story Starter Postcards (1 Per Class Needed)

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Story Planning Sheet
Teacher Information Folder
Student Word Doc Entry Form
Student Information Guide
Tips For Mini Saga Writing
Student Entry Form
Teacher Entry Form
Online Writing Portal Teacher Guide
Online Writing Portal Pupil Guide
Story Starter Postcards (1 per class needed)
Activity Sheet
Example Stories
Lesson Plan
PowerPoint PDF

Competition Rules

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

Closing Date: Friday 19th Apr 2024
  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!
  • 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.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • Students' mini sagas must be their own work! (Please note on the entry if there is anything we need to take into consideration when reading the work.)

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 Pupils

Our favourite 5 writers will each win £25, a book series, 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 Spring Term 2024. The prizes will be sent in the following term.)

Enter Online


Email your entries to [email protected]


Upload your entries

  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

Send by Freepost

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

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01733 890066

Young Writers SS
Remus House

Closing Date: Friday 19th Apr 2024

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