SOS Sagas: Missing |
Creative Writing Contest

Middle & High School

SOS Sagas: Missing Video

It's time to find the answers...

Get your students excited to write with this thrilling mini saga contest!

Where do lost things go? How can someone vanish without a trace? Will your students hide, or will they be the seekers?

These are just some of the questions your students will consider as they write enthralling tales using tension, suspense, and atmosphere for SOS: Missing. The story starters will kick-start ideas and get their imaginations firing!

If you’d like further graphic organizers they can be downloaded along with a host of other free resources including examples, a lesson plan & PowerPoint (or use the Google Slides version), all designed to turn your students into enthusiastic, engaged writers!

Why Take Part?
💥 Engaging way to teach constrained writing
💥 Lesson plan, story starters and graphic organizers for a ready-made lesson
💥 Exciting theme open to interpretation to inspire your students (ideal for 10-18 year-olds)
💥 Your students could be published in a real book
💥 Opportunity for both students and schools to win prizes
💥 Complimentary copy of the book your students feature in (the more students you enter the more free books you'll receive!)
💥 Free to enter
💥 Incredible way to showcase your school's writing talent

Will your students find the key to writing a thrilling tale? We look forward to reading their work!

Entries need to reach us by December 22, 2023.

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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.

  • 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 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 Nov-Dec 2023 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 SOS Sagas: Missing
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: December 22, 2023