SOS Sagas: Trapped |
Creative Writing Contest

Middle & High School

SOS Sagas: Trapped Video

The clock is ticking... time is running out... Trapped. Fright. Fight. Freedom.

Get your middle and high school students engaged with creative writing!

SOS Sagas: Trapped is here to get your students excited about writing as they create their own thrilling mini saga - a story told in up to 100 words.

Empower your students to write enthralling tales using tension, suspense, and atmosphere. The inspirational story starters will help them kick-start their ideas and they'll be buzzing to create their own original mini saga. They could become published writers, seeing their work in a real book!

Mini sagas can use a story starter or be your students' own ideas - all work entered must be your students' own work.

If you’d like further entry forms they can be copied or downloaded. If you prefer to go paperless, check out the Online Writing Portal where your students type their work during your lesson! If you need help logging in please email [email protected].

Why Take Part?

đŸē Engaging way to teach constrained writing

🌩ī¸ Lesson plan, story starters and entry form 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

đŸĒ¤ Complimentary copy of the book your students feature in (the more students you enter the more free books you'll receive!)

💀 Free to enter

đŸ•¯ī¸  Incredible way to showcase your school's writing talent

There are lots of resources to help your students get writing including examples, a lesson plan & PowerPoint (or use the Google Slides version instead!).

We look forward to reading your students' work!

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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 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.

  • 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

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 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 April-May 2024.)


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: Trapped
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: May 24, 2024