Creative Writing Competitions Open now

Calling all writers out there!

Here are the details of two CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITIONS with great prizes for grabs!

Deadline for both coming soon so you better start writing now!!

Please tell Mrs Sanchez if you decide to enter any of these competitions (you’ll get commendations just for trying).

National Young Writers’ Awards

National Young Writers’ Awards – a fantastic, free writing competition for children across the UK, judged by best-selling author of the Charlie & Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort books, Lauren Child and organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning.  There’s a wonderful prize of a family trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 worth of books for their school up for grabs .  The theme this year is ‘The Mash-Up’ where children are encouraged to write a 500 word story that is a ‘mash-up’ of two genres.

The FREE competition is open to children all over the UK aged 14 and under and the closing date is Tuesday 7th June.  Children can enter by filling out an application form from their nearest Explore Learning centre, online at, or simply write your story and download the entrance slip and post it to NYWA, Explore Learning, 74 North Street, Guildford, GU1 4AW.

Imagine a World Without Words

BIC is launching a national creative writing competition asking secondary school pupils to imagine ‘what waking up in a world without words would be like?’

Imagine waking up one day to find that everything is a little bit different. You get dressed, clean your teeth, eat a banana and leave the house, but as you do you realise that Mum’s usual morning note isn’t there. There’s a familiar white scrap of paper, but it’s blank. Then the phone vibrates. It’s a message from your friend saying they’ve received a load of birthday cards but none have been written in. Is this what a world without written words would be like?

#JustWrite day is an annual day to both reinvigorate Britain’s enthusiasm for writing and reintroduce the simple pleasure of putting pen to paper. The first #JustWrite day was held last year off the back of company research that highlighted tumbling interest in writing amongst teenagers, sparking concerns for the future of handwriting across Great Britain.  As part of its 2016 #Just Write  campaign BIC is asking teenagers across the country to imagine just this by launching a creative writing competition designed for secondary school pupils in the UK. How would you jot down simple notes for your parents and siblings, leave a meaningful birthday card for your friend, or fill out all of those boxes on your exam paper?

Partnering with writing and mentoring charity, Ministry of Stories, the power pen brand is giving schools the chance to win a creative writing workshop for their class with the highly regarded team at the charity, who work to help young people discover and realise their own creative potential. The winning entry, and two runners up, will be awarded with the accolade of becoming an ‘Assistant Features Editor’ and ‘Junior Assistant Features Editors’ respectively, and their entries will be published in the B.I.C., a unique, free title for teenagers published later this year.

The competition is open to students in years eight, nine and ten and all they need to do is conjure up some creative spirit to handwrite an answer to the question: ‘What would waking up in a world without words be like?’ in no more than 500 words.

Jonathan Skyrme, General Manager at BIC UK, said: “We can’t even begin to imagine how uninspiring a world without the written word would be, would life as we know it come to a grinding halt? We want teenagers to celebrate how beautiful the handwritten word is by putting pen to paper and creatively showcasing what might happen if all words disappeared. How would you create that personal touch? How would artists sign their work? The more creative people get – the better!”

Lucy Macnab, Co-Founder, Ministry of Stories, said: “We’re delighted to be BIC’s charity partner for this campaign. At the Ministry of Stories we champion the writer in every child, and #JustWrite day is a great opportunity to get young people writing creatively. BIC’s support will help us provide the one to one support that makes a huge difference in increasing children’s confidence, creativity and ability in writing.”

The creative writing competition closes on Monday 6th June. Ten other shortlisted finalists will also be selected to win an individual gift pack, courtesy of BIC and Ministry of Stories and winners are due to be announced on 14th July 2016. For more information, please visit or join in the conversation on Twitter @mybicpen.