The Glitch |
Creative Writing Contest

Middle & High School

The Glitch Video

A sudden shift, a twist of fate, and bam! Everything changes!

Can your students re-write reality within 100 words?

The Glitch allows your students to imagine what happens when an ordinary day turns extraordinary. What are the effects on the world if one thing changes? How would reality be altered if one thing goes wrong? How can one mishap affect a life? These are the questions we're asking your students to consider for this mini saga contest. 

The possibilities are endless, allowing your students to write about what inspires them, which will lead to engaged, confident writers. The 100-word limit takes away the fear of long-form writing, allowing them to focus on the action and carefully considering their word choices. 

Download the fantastic, free resources to help your students plan and write their stories:

💥 Model example stories from previous winning entrants

💥 Optional story starters to fire up imaginations

💥 Lesson plan and PowerPoint (also available as Google Slides) on speculative fiction writing

💥 A second lesson plan on writing with atmosphere, suspense and tension

💥 Graphic organizer with word bank

💥 Mini activities to help spark ideas

Writing for the purpose of being published in a real book is always guaranteed to capture students' attention, and the exciting video will make them eager to get started, creating a real buzz in your classroom, so get your whole school involved today!

Entries need to reach us 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.

  • Story starters are optional but if used must be included in your students' word count.

  • US entrants only.

  • Copyright remains with the author.

  • Free to enter

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

For Schools

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 3 writers will each win a $50 Amazon gift card.

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 in 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 The Glitch
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Closing Date: March 01, 2024