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Creative Writing Contest

Middle & High School

Unsolved Video

Unsolved - every sentence counts!

Enthral imaginations with creative writing as young writers create their own mini saga!

'Unsolved' invites your students to write a mini saga (a story told in just 100 words) inspired by the crime & mystery genre.

Will they fight for justice? Take on the role of detective in an enthralling whodunit? Or embark on an adventure as a fugitive?

Create a buzz in your English lessons as your students get excited to write their gripping tales...

There's a fun 1-minute video to introduce your students to the activity, plus a students' info guide and worksheet, and we've even got virtual classrooms covered with options such as the Word Doc version of the entry form and the Online Writing Portal - simply login or create your free teacher account at www.youngwritersusa.com/online/teachers.php

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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 (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal)

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

  • 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).

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

  • Mini sagas must be inspired by the crime & mystery genre.

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

For Schools

1st Prize

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence and an awesome book bundle


(The school winner is chosen from entries received in Oct-Nov 2021.)


Every participating school receives a copy of the book their students are published in!

For Students

Our favorite 3 published writers each receive a trophy and $100!

(Winners are chosen from entries received in Oct-Nov 2021.)


A bookmark for every entrant and writers chosen for publication are awarded a certificate of merit.


Send your entries by uploading them:

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Enter through our student writing portal:

Writing Portal

Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

By Mail

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

Young Writers Unsolved
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]com


Closing Date: October 29, 2021