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Closing Date: October 31, 2017

Creative Writing Contest For Middle and High School Students

There is nothing better than reading a thrilling story, one that grips you so tightly and puts your senses on alert simply through the power of words. Spine-Chillers is a fantastic way to get your students writing in this way by using tension, suspense and atmosphere. The enclosed lesson plan (optional) covers these techniques and more. Inspire students to create their own original mini saga and become published writers!

Mini sagas can be funny or creepy, scary or odd, but must be the students' own work. If you’d like further entry forms and other resources please go to Downloads.

  • Only one entry per student
  • Mini Sagas must be no longer than 100 words
  • Entries can be handwritten or typed
  • Each student's name and age must be included on their work
  • Complete and enclose your school entry form (found on the reverse of your letter) with your entries, or upload your entries

Closing Date: October 31, 2017


Prizes For Students

  • Our favourite writer wins an iPad and a 1st place trophy!

Prizes For Schools

  • The school with the best set of entries will receive the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence.
  • Every school that enters receives a free copy of the book their students feature in.

How to Enter

Show students the Spine-Chillers video that introduces the activity if you wish to!

Ask students to write their mini saga, ensuring their first name, last name and age are included on the entry form

Send your entries, along with your school entry form (found on the reverse of the letter), to:

Young Writers
100 Condor Street
Boston MA 02128

Alternatively, you can upload your entries.

Closing Date: October 31, 2017


To see the contest pack, including Full Contest Information, Lesson Plans, resources, and more…please fill in the form below. All download links will appear once the form is submitted.


Submit Entries

Ask each student to write their mini saga. Type or scan their work, then do one of the following:

Or mail them to:

Young Writers
Crazy Creatures
100 Condor Street
Boston MA 02128

Closing Date: October 31, 2017