Crazy Creatures 2024 |
Creative Writing Contest

Elementary School

Crazy Creatures 2024 Video

Crazy Creatures is a mini saga writing contest guaranteed to get elementary school students excited about writing!

Your students will go wild for this creative writing contest as they create a crazy creature and write a story about it...

There's nothing more fascinating than a child's imagination, and with Crazy Creatures your students can let their imaginations roam free as they design and create their very own monster and then write a mini saga, a story told in up to 100 words.

Benefits of entering:

😈 Free to enter

🐉 Colourful graphic organizers to engage your students

👾 Gives your  students a purpose for their writing

👻 Opportunity for your students to be published in a real book

👹 Free book for your school

👽 Bookmark for every entrant

The FREE resources will not only make planning a breeze for you, but will also help to inspire your students and turn them into confident writers. Downloadable resources include:

🌟 Example stories from past winners so your students can see what a good one looks like

🌟 Fortune teller idea generator for those students who might need a prompt

🌟 Story mountain to help with planning

🌟 Lesson plan and PowerPoint (also available in Google Slides) which help your students learn how to write a mini saga

Your students are going to be buzzing with excitement as they invent their crazy creatures, we can't wait to read all their amazing stories!

Crazy Creatures is ideal for 6-13 year-olds but students outside this age range are welcome to enter the competition.

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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!

  • 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 or Word Doc entry form)

  • Each student's name, age and school name should be included on their entry. (Entries can be submitted with first names only or initials if needed.)

  • Mini sagas have a 100-word limit.

  • If a story starter/ending is used, it must be included in the 100-word limit.

  • Ensure you have the relevant permissions to enter from your principal if this is required by your school or trust.

  • US entrants only.

  • Students' mini sagas must be their own work! (Please note on the entry if there is anything we need to take into consideration when reading the work.)

  • Copyright remains with the author.

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

For Schools

The school that submits the best set of entries will win Young Writers' Award of Excellence.

PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their pupils feature in!

(Remember, you receive 1 free copy for every 30 entries you submit! E.g. 1-30 entries you receive 1 copy, 31-60 entries you receive 2 copies, etc.)

For Students

Our 3 favourite published writers will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!


Every entrant receives a bookmark, and we award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication.

(School and student winners will be chosen from entries received April-May 2024. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ.)


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 Crazy Creatures 2024
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Get In Touch

Young Writers
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Closing Date: May 24, 2024