Your students are invited to enter Stranger Sagas, the latest fantastic creative writing contest from Young Writers.
Using our selection of story starters inspire your students to write a mini-saga, a story written in just 100 words! Each story starter sentence can be interpreted as the students wish, so how will they develop the story? What genre will students choose to write in? After all, every great story deserves a great ending…
See what others think of Stranger Sagas…
"My students loved this! A great way to show them that longer/more doesn't always mean better!"
"Students in my ELA classes who were published last year were thrilled! Thank you for providing this opportunity!"
"Creative, fun activity for my 8th grade students! They loved this activity. "
"Thank you for providing engaging writing activities that are both fun and short. This was fun! "
"This was a great challenge for students in grades 9-12. They were forced to think outside of the box. "
"Excellent contest! My students loved it. "
"My students had a great deal of fun with this contest. They went in different directions and took on a challenge (of writing a story in 100 words) that they have never done before. "
"My students very much appreciate having their writing shared with others outside of our school building and community. Any submission to any contest is purely voluntary. Thank you for providing a way for my students' creativity to be showcased and shared!"
"Thank you for allowing our students to participate in your essay contest! It was a lot of fun. "
"An amazing high-interest writing activity. My special education students are often reluctant to write, however, this activity motivated the students to write. They all did a great job. "
"My students enjoyed this challenge and they learned to write more concisely and precisely!"
"What an interesting idea - limiting to 100 words. My students thoroughly enjoyed this activity!"
"Thank you again for providing students with the opportunity to share their flash fiction creations. We have loved the spooky prompts!"
"I teach a wide range of abilities and this activity allows ALL students (regardless of writing competencies) to be creative and have fun. "
"This was a great way to get our students writing! Perfect extra curriculum project! Definitely like to it again. "
"My students loved this challenge!"
"This was a great activity for Fall/Halloween. We are very excited for more like this!"
"Kids loved this contest!"
"Thank you! My students loved this challenge and had lots of fun!"
Whittier Regional Technical High School MA
"My students enjoyed this opportunity to participate in a creative writing contest. They loved the story starters and it was a wonderful activity to do before Halloween!"
Monsignor Haddad Middle School
"My students enjoyed partaking in the writing contests you offer, thank you!"
Wilmington High School, MA
"My students LOVED this assignment! "
Millis Middle School
"We had such an enthusiastic response from students. Thanks for the exciting writing opportunity!"
North Quincy High School, MA
"This was a great deal of fun with my AP students. It really helped them to focus on word choice and realize how much diction matters."
Gardner High School MA
"The slideshow is terrific! Very helpful and inspiring to writers!"
Elwood Middle School. NY
"Thanks for giving the kids a fun way to be creative! Great October challenge!"
Websterville Christian Academy, VT
"The writing prompts generated a great deal of excitement in my students"
St Anselm Catholic Academy, NY
"This was a highly enjoyable activity and I would love to do it every year. "
Roselle, New Jersey
"Wonderful assignment! Very engaging!"
Tinton Falls, New Jersey
"Cool contest! Please consider moving the due date to the later in the year. November 2 is only seven weeks in to the year. With religious and federal holidays, other curriculum needs to be covered at this time. "
Huntington Station, NY
"Great ideas. Could make entry forms a standard size to make copying easier. "
Hackettstown, New Jersey
"We love this! please provide more 100 word samples. "
"My students has the BEST time with this activity!"
Pearl River, NY
"Stranger Sagas inspired my students to write highly original work in a fun and new form. They took to the story starters eagerly producing stories at a fast clip."
Montclair, New Jersey
"My creative writing students really enjoyed the challenge of this contest."
"Such a great and creative project!"
"Students love these contests! They are engaged as they create their saga."
"Thank you for supplying this wonderful lesson. In concise but descriptive writing, this exciting challenge, this opportunity for writer recognition."
Woolwich TNP, New Jersey
"My students Loved this! Thank you! Perfect for the month of October. "
"Students preferred to type responses and use the word count, I rewrote students' submissions on the form."
"The format of the mini-saga challenged my students to consider their expression of ideas in a whole new way. "
Cold Spring Harbor, NY
"Writing for a real purpose, in this case a contest, outside the scope of test prep, is always a good thing. High interest and fun."
"We LOVE our trophy from The Poetry Games! It sits with all our athletic trophies."
"This was a great creative way to introduce narrative writing to our students. As a result, our bulletin boards reflected the feel of the season. "
"What a fun contest! It was great to have a lesson plan to use. My students enjoyed the challenge. "
"Students loved writing Spine Chillers last year. I was certain that Stranger Sagas would be a hit as well, and I was right! Thank you. "
"My students LOVE your writing contests and look forward to it every Year! Thank you"
"Great project! Great learning tool. The kids enjoyed this immensely! Thank you!"
"This contest intrigued my students from the start. The 100 word max was a fun challenge for them."
"This was an AMAZING EXPERIENCE for my students! What a fabulous resource for our narrative unit!"
"This contest sparked both creativity and enthusiasm in all of the writers I shared this with at school. They embraced the prompts and laboured over each of their one hundred words. "
"This was such a fun and engaging project; my students loved it!"
"This activity was simultaneously stressful and fantastic. My students hated it initially but came to appreciate it after their peer review sessions!"
"My students really enjoyed this project, and it was the perfect engaging assignment to teach how to add descriptive language - to their own writing."
"Great topic because students are really into Stranger Things!"
"My students loved this activity. It inspired creativity and was an excellent exercise in precision and brevity!"
"This was fun and challenging!"
Only one entry per student, no limit per school
Mini sagas can be written or typed
100-word limit (not including the title, though if students use the story starter in their work this must be taken out of the 100-word limit)
Teachers should enter all their students' work to ensure all the entries are received and read together
Ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the entry form
Extended Deadline - CONTEST NOW CLOSED
The Young Writers’ Award of Excellence
Plus, every participating school receives a copy of the book their students feature in!
An Apple iPad and 1st place trophy
$50 Amazon Gift Card
To download the contest pack, including Full Contest Information, Posters, Student Entry Forms and more… please fill in the form below.
Ask each student to write their mini saga. Type or scan their work, then do one of the following:
100 Condor Street
Boston MA 02128
Extended Deadline - CONTEST NOW CLOSED