Your students are invited to enter Stranger Sagas, the latest, fantastic creative writing competition from Young Writers.
We provide a tantalizing selection of story starters each term intended to inspire your students to write a mini-saga, a story written in just 100 words! Each story starter sentence can be interpreted as the students wish, so how will they develop the story? What genre will students choose to write in? After all, every great story deserves a great ending...
See what others think of Stranger Sagas…
"Students have really engaged with the competition and have been inspired."
"Some more challenging examples would be really useful for more able/ older students."
"Lovely resources I used the resources as a way of prepping my year 7, 8 and 10 for their creative writing end of term assessment. Original and inspiring story starters!"
"A really inspiring competition that got all of our KS3 students excited about writing. "
"A fantastic challenge which really engaged my students right from the start - great resources too! Thank you!"
"Great resources - lesson plan. Thank you!"
"Really enjoyed this competition. Students loved thinking outside the box."
"A few members of our newly-formed Creative Writing Group took up this challenge - they really enjoyed it, thought begged for a bigger word count!"
"Great competition. The students especially loved the starter sentences. Thanks."
"Excellent and engaging competition. Excellent resources provided!"
"A wonderful idea for a competition - extremely engaging materials."
"An excellent competition that really inspires and sparks imagination. It's a fabulous opportunity for pupils to be published."
"Thanks for the lesson plan, it worked really well."
"We loved the resources. Thank you. "
"This has been a great way to engage our students with creative writing!"
"To provide feedback/ results to pupils more quickly. "
"Thank you for your feedback. Every entry we receive is read and edited by our in house editors. Unfortunately, when volumes are high it does take a little while to get back to the pupils. We endeavor to respond as quickly as possible and apologize that it sometimes takes longer than expected."
"This was an interesting competition."
"Sentence starters were really useful in generating discussion and ideas."
"A fantastic competition that the students loved. The sentence starters really helped develop ideas. "
"Thanks for the encouragement from the 'Wonderland' comp - the students were so pleased to have been successful."
"It's a great exercise in plotting and honing prose. They love the challenge."
"Kids really enjoyed the task and were really inspired by it!"
"Excellent resources and a great hook for Stranger Things fans!"
"It's been a fun activity to do at the end of term. We like your 'Opening hooks!' "
"The form was really useful to help guide students. The lesson plan was very helpful."
"A fun, engaging and creative few lessons. All abilities can take part and use their imagination. "
"An excellent competition! Engaging, intriguing and manageable for all. A brilliant idea!"
"A brilliant competition which enables all to enter. "
"Engaging and on a relevant theme for today's youth. "
Stoke On Trent
"Thank you for providing such an engaging and well resourced competition. It has been a fantastic project that our pupils have loved working on! Amazing."
"A great idea to encourage and motivate our budding writers!"
"The pupils LOVED this! Sentence starters and story ideas were really engaging. "
"We loved this theme! The students were so excited and inspired by it. "
"Absolutely love these competitions as students are inspired by the ideas, professional promo material and starters. Thank you! Very often those who don't think to enter competitions. "
"Students were very engaged in this competition and enjoyed it!"
"Students have really enjoyed the range of prompts and the challenge of creating a saga within the word limit. It has also been useful as a GCSE creative writing task."
"Inspiring for students."
"A great way to get students to think about their economy of words. Really good, fun activity."
"Really great resources, power point and effective starters inspired and engaged year 7-10 after winter exams."
"Amazing resources - inspired longer stories too! Thank you!"
"An engaging package, the variety of resources were quick to engage our students."
"The pupils loved the challenge and sharing their creations. "
"Our students enjoyed the writing process very much. "
"Brilliant competition! More please!"
"An excellent opportunity for our GCSE students to coach Year 7 students in creative writing society."
Newcastle Upon Tyne
"Students loved it!"
"What a fabulous way of inspiring future authors. This competition awoke the imagination of our students and encouraged them to put their ideas to paper."
"A fantastic competition! So relevant - the pupils all responded well to the theme and were excited to take part - thank you!"
"As a department we found this to be an excellent starter for creative writing and it was launched as a follow up to an author visit (dystopian fiction writer)"
"Really well conceived idea for a competition. "
"A great way of encouraging pupils to write focused and thought-provoking stories. "
"Pupils really engaged with this task. The story openers were a huge help!"
"Students really enjoyed the freedom afforded them by the stimulus."
"Great competition - the pupils loved it. "
"Lovely lesson ideas, kids really enjoyed it!"
"Great resources and concept. Kids of all year groups enjoyed it thoroughly."
"We have just started a writing club. Your competition has helped us get to a flying start and given our students a chance to express their ideas outside of the curriculum."
Stoke On Trent
"Brilliant competition. Students really enthused by prompts and some very intriguing entries. Many thanks. "
"The sentence structures were very helpful for my EAL learners."
"An excellent which stretched all ability levels and links well to other areas of the English Curriculum. Thank you!"
"Loved the story starters and the challenge of the 100 word limit. The video really helped to get kids excited. Great competition!"
"Kids loved it. Thank you!"
"Students loved the post card sentences and I saw some real enjoyment and creativity - a great topic!"
"Great concept. The boys really enjoyed it."
"We used these resources ti prompt discussion of structure, and how a short story uses sentence structure for maximum effect."
"A wonderful project, really helped to inspire my literacy intervention students to enjoy writing. "
"The students enjoyed this challenging task - wanted to submit more than one saga!"
"Students loved this task!"
"Students love stranger things. Great resource and interesting competition."
"Pupils loved this. They thought the starter sentences were really helpful. PowerPoint's useful for teachers."
"The students enjoyed linking the task with 'Stranger Things' and this inspired them. Great idea, thanks."
"Great idea to have different story starters - inspirational competition!"
"An intriguing short story competition. It really caught the imagination of many of our students. "
"We really enjoyed using the inspirational ideas as starting points. "
"The students found this an engaging challenge!"
"The students love the combination of creativity and concision. Thank you."
"An enjoyable competition teaching valuable skills in editing and shaping narrative. "
"Love the lesson, the prompts and the introduction video. Great competition, very inspiring! "
"Pupils of Madani thoroughly enjoyed this writing experience. Resources were very handy."
"Really like the story starters as it's engaging and gives students a variety o ways to unite and imagine."
"Brilliant stimulus for writing sags. All students wrote with gusto!"
"Excellent resources and a fun competition!"
"Students really enjoyed being creative. Useful lesson plan and resources that will be used again."
"Brilliant marketing. Great title, very relevant. Inspired kids to take part. Font recognizable."
"A brilliant way of sparking creativity in young people. Resources are excellent. "
"We used this activity during our lunchtime "Library Cafe". Year 7 and 8 students thought it was a fun and interesting idea."
"The students loved this and the lesson/ resources were excellent. Many thanks. "
"Inspiring theme. Students enjoyed selecting from the post cards. "
"Really lovely resources provided. The students enjoyed writing their sagas!"
"Really lovely resources provided. The students enjoyed writing their sags!"
"Fantastic motivator for creative writing!"
"Great competition - pupils really enjoyed it!"
"Loved the postcard sized story starters."
"Fabulous opportunity for students to develop their creative skills. "
"My small group of pupils who regularly attend writing club LOVED the theme!"
"The resources to help students create their responses were excellent!"
"This was excellent preparation for the year 2 narrative exam. Thank you!"
Don't forget to put your school name and postcode on the freepost sticker or the reverse of the envelope so we know who has sent the entries
Winners will be chosen from entries received in the Spring Term 2018 by our editorial team and independent judge.
1st Prize - £1,000
+ a trophy
2nd Prize - £500
+ a trophy
3rd Prize - £250
+ a trophy
1st Prize - £250
2nd Prize - £100
3rd Prize - £50
one highly commended writer will win a selection of books!
Plus a bookmark for every entrant!
Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
Young Writers SS
Closing Date: Friday 30th of March 2018
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Closing Date: Friday 30th of March 2018
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