Ridiculous Writers |
Creative Writing Contest

Elementary School

Ridiculous Writers Video

Fill your class with ideas, imagination and laughter!

Your students will love creating crazy combinations to inspire their mini sagas.

Introduce your students to the weird and wonderful world of Ridiculous Writers, the latest contest from Young Writers designed to delight and engage your students. 

They will love the fun of creating wacky characters using the activity sheet or coming up with their own crazy ideas. It's sure to create a buzz in your classroom which will translate into their writing, resulting in imaginative, creative stories!

Benefits of Taking Part

🧙 Free to enter
👻 Chance for your students to be published
🍪 100-word limit takes away the fear of long-form writing
🦄 Example stories from past winners to help inspire your students
🏈 Free book for your school
🍦  Ready-made lesson plan and PowerPoint (also available in Google Slides) to engage your students

This contest is ideal for 6-13 year-olds, but students outside that age range are welcome to enter. 

Download the graphic organizer which will help your students to plan and write their story, and turn your class into engaged, confident writers today!

Entries need to be received by February 23, 2024.

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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 on the entry form or a sheet of paper or typed.

  • Mini sagas must be your students' own work.

  • Mini sagas must be told in no more than 100 words (the title isn't included in this).

  • Ensure that all students include their name and age on their entries.

  • US entrants only.

  • Free to enter.

  • 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 Young Writers’ Award of Excellence is awarded to the school that submits the best set of entries for this contest.

PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their students feature in.

(The more entries you send, the more free books you’ll receive: E.g. Send 1-30 entries & you'll receive 1 free copy, send 31-60 entries you'll receive 2 free copies, etc.)

For Students

Our favorite writer will win a fantastic creative writing goody bag, a trophy and a GIF of their crazy creation!

PLUS every entrant receives a bookmark for taking part. Students chosen for publication also receive a certificate.

(The school & student winners will be chosen from the entries received Jan-Feb 2024 and prizes awarded the following semester.)


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 Ridiculous Writers
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

[email protected]


Closing Date: March 01, 2024