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Welcome to Wonderland
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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



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, 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

Send students through the portal into deep space to the new planets NASA have recently discovered. With three planets having Earth-like qualities, this is the perfect opportunity for students to create a parallel universe!

If this subject doesn't appeal, why not use our Idea Generator instead? You can download it in the section above.

Tip #2

Inspire students with one rule they have to have in their fictional society…

The only rule is there are NO RULES…

What is life like? What key event will inspire their mini saga? Every action has a consequence and this is a great way to get that message across, while inspiring students with their creative writing.

Tip #3

In 2017 the government is in turmoil, as a nation we’re divided on the right course of action, but your students are young and full of hope they can grow up in a different world, one that they can help shape.

What should the world be like in the future? Would they be charge? How would they make the world a better place? What would a day in the life of them in the future be like?

Tip #4

Inspire students with alternative history… give them, or let them choose a historic event. Ask them to imagine going through the Welcome to Wonderland portal… what happens in their alternate reality? 

From abolishing the monarchy to not dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, there is so much to write about!

Tip #5

You need a dice and six writing options:

  • Sci-Fi
  • Dystopia
  • Parallel Universe
  • Ghost Story
  • Twist in the Tale
  • Diary Entry

Get students to roll a dice to see which theme they will write about. Depending on the time available, you can then ask the students in each group (grouped by the number they rolled) to write 6 different choices for their theme, from character and setting to narrator and style of ending.

It’s a fun and speedy way to help students with their ideas and planning!

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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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