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Creative Writing Competition for 11-18 Year-Olds

Engage, enthuse and inspire your students to write, no matter their age or ability, with Welcome to Wonderland!

Challenge your students to create a fictional world before writing a mini saga, a story in just 100 words, inspired by their world. Will they create a parallel universe, re-write history, opt for sci-fi or fantasy realms, or perhaps a post-apocalyptic world will spark their creativity? Speculative fiction is a portal to wherever students' imaginations take them…

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  • Only one entry per student

  • Mini sagas can be any genre, but must be students' own work

  • A mini saga is a story written in up to 100 words, and must have a beginning, middle and an end

  • Ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the entry form

Closing date is 21st December 2016


For Schools

1st Prize – £1,000

2nd Prize – £500

3rd Prize – £250

For Students

Our top 5 writers will each win a Kindle Fire HD!

Every entrant will receive a bookmark! Students selected for publication will also receive a certificate!

Welcome to Wonderland Pupil Prizes

How To Enter

  • Ask students to write (or type) their mini saga, ensuring their name, surname and age are included on the entry form. (Using the entry form is optional!)

  • If you are in need of more entry forms, please go to Downloads / Resources Request

  • Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
    Young Writers SS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, you can upload work to Online Entries



To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Posters, Lesson Plans, 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

The US election is a fantastic theme for speculative fiction as it begs the question, ‘What if?’ The most powerful nation on Earth has had two of the most unpopular candidates in modern American history running for the presidency and now the world watches on with baited breath… Ask your students:

What if…
• Hillary Clinton was the first female president of the USA?
• You lived in ‘Trumpland’ – what do you think the future holds?
• What if the USA had a new voting system rather than the electoral college?
• What if you were President of the USA? How would things be different?

What future do your students predict? Not only is this a great way to get students inspired with current affairs, it will be really interesting to read back their mini sagas in several years’ time!

Tip #2

War is a theme that grabs students’ imaginations and when writing speculative fiction it gives them the freedom to explore many ideas, for example:
•    Alternative History – what if a war or battle turned out history…
•    Science Fiction – does war exist in the future?
•    Fantasy – are their wars in mythical lands / races?
•    Parallel Universe – what if war didn’t exist?

If this subject doesn’t appeal, why not use our Idea Generator instead? You can download that from the Downloads section on this page.

Tip #3

Ask students to explore speculative fiction genres (either in class or as homework) – can they find a book that showcases the genre that appeals to them most?

Ask students to complete the planning sheet, based on the book they have chosen – can students identify the key parts of the story? What ideas has it inspired for their own story?

Once students are ready, provide them with a planning sheet for their own story. (You can download this from the Download section on this page.) They can then plan and write their own mini saga, with the knowledge they have gained through their research and planning!

Tip #4

Utilise the 5 Ws!

Who? What? Where? Why? When?

These five key questions will help students pinpoint the main points of the story. 

A mini saga is a challenge in itself and by utilising the 5 Ws, students will keep their writing precise and on track!

Download the free 5 Ws resource sheet for students from the Downloads section on this page!

Tip #5

Encourage students to concentrate on the importance of giving power to the verb…

  • “I walked slowly” becomes “I dawdled”
  • “She shouted loudly” becomes “She screeched”
  • “He laughed wickedly” becomes “He cackled”
  • “I waited patiently” becomes “I remained”

Give students access to a thesaurus and let them get creative!

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Contact Us

Young Writers SS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

Enter online
For Young Writers entering independently (not via their school)

Send school entries online
For teachers to upload their pupils' submissions


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