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Creative Writing Contest

Middle & High School

Unsolved 2023 Video


Engaging creative writing activity to take part in today!

Your students are invited into the gripping world of crime and mystery writing... 

Your classroom will be buzzing as your students use the story starters to get their ideas flowing and then they can use the entry form to write their thrilling tales.  

This is the perfect theme to allow them to explore different characters, settings, and plots. Will they solve a cold case, write an original mystery or make sure justice is served? 

With the thrilling theme, amazing prizes up for grabs and the opportunity to be published Unsolved will engage and inspire even the most reluctant writers. 

Get started by checking out the free resources available to download, including 4 different activities, story starters, and a presentation! (Or use the Google Slides version instead!)

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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!

  • Entries must be the students' own original work

  • 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)

  • Mini sagas have a 100-word limit (the title is not included in the word limit).

  • If a story starter/ending is used, it must be included in the 100-word limit.

  • Each student's name, age and school name should be included on their entry.

  • This exciting contest is ideal for students aged 10-18, but any student aged 5-18 is welcome to enter.

  • 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 will be awarded to the school that submits the best set of entries for Unsolved creative writing contest in April-June 2023.


Every participating school receives a complimentary copy of the book their students feature in too!

For Students

Our 3 favorite writers each win $50!

Plus every entrant receives a bookmark. Students chosen for publication also receive a certificate of merit!

(Winners are chosen from entries received in April-June 2023).


Here are the ways you can enter digitally - please choose one:

Send your entries by uploading them:

Enter Now

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 Unsolved 2023
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

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Closing Date: June 16, 2023