Ancient Adventures |
Creative Writing Contest

Elementary School

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Which era or person will get creativity flowing?

Get your students inspired to write with history!

Take the excitement of history and mix it with imagination to create ancient adventures! 

This exciting contest is ideal for students aged 6-12, but any student aged 5-18 is welcome to enter.

Your students can pick any person, place or event from history to inspire their mini saga, a story told in just 100 words. (Or you can provide this for them!)

From discovering a pharaoh's tomb or a soldier in the trenches to being a president or an explorer it's a great way to tie in creative writing with your current history topic, to get your students having a bit of fun, and to create original short stories.

There are many additional resources ready to have your students raring to write, including a Google Slides Presentation!

We cannot wait to read your students' ancient adventures... It's free to enter so get involved today!

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

  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Entries must be the students' own original work.

  • Mini sagas can be submitted on the entry form or a sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or using the Online Writing Portal)

  • Mini sagas have a 100-word limit (the title is not included in the 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.

  • This exciting contest is ideal for students aged 6-12, but any student aged 5-18 is welcome to enter!

  • Free to enter.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence will be awarded to the school that submits the best set of entries in 2023. 

Every participating school receives a complimentary copy of the book their students feature in too!

For Students

Our 3 favorite writers each win a creative writing goody bag!

Plus every entrant receives a bookmark. Students chosen for publication also receive a certificate of merit!

(Winners are chosen from entries received in Jan-Mar 2023. Prizes will be awarded in July 2023. Goody bag contents may differ to image.)


Here are the ways you can enter digitally - please choose one:

Send your entries by uploading them:

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Use the Online Writing Portal if you want your students to type their work during a lesson or for homework.

Writing Portal

Email Entries

Alternatively, you can submit your entries via Google Docs - please make sure that we have permission to access and download the files.

By Mail

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

Young Writers Ancient Adventures
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Young Writers
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Closing Date: March 31, 2023