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

Get your students gripped with creative writing as they write their own thrilling mini saga, a story told in just 100 words.

Your students will be excited to write as they enjoy taking part in the trapped quiz on the back of their entry form, before choosing a story starter or creating their own!

Your students can interpret the story starters as they wish to, using any time period or narrative techniques they'd like.

There's a fantastic video that introduces your students to the activity in just 1 minute! It's guaranteed to create excitement, banishing boredom and lets you enjoy seeing your whole class engaged!

Will your students choose to capture or be trapped?


  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school.

  • Where possible, the teacher is to send/upload/email all their students' entries to us.

  • Mini sagas can be on the entry form or a sheet of paper or typed.

  • Mini sagas must be your students' own work.

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

  • Mini sagas must be told in no more than 100 words (the title isn't included in this).

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

  • Independent entries are welcome - please provide your home address details instead of the school's.

  • Independent entries are still eligible for student prizes.

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For Schools

School Contest Prize


The Young Writers’ Award of Excellence

PLUS - Every participating school receives a free copy of the book their students feature in!

For Students

Student Contest Prize

Our favorite 3 published writers will each win an awesome Cross Pen & a trophy.

Student winners are chosen from entries received in Autumn Term 2020.

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With its rich 175 years heritage, Cross are experts in designing and manufacturing, stylish and innovative pens that make the perfect gift to celebrate all of life’s key milestones. From a birthday, anniversary, graduation or being the winner of a fabulous writing competition there is a perfect pen for everyone. You can even engrave them with a name to make the gift a little more personal.

It's Easy To Take Part...

Download as many worksheets as you need.

Your students need to write their mini saga, name, age and school on their worksheet and you complete the school entry form and mail your entries to:

Young Writers SOS Trapped
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

Go Paperless!

Use the Online Writing Portal that your students can type directly into and then submit the work to us! If you need your login, please drop us an email from your school email address!


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Email them to us at [email protected].

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To download the contest pack, including Full Contest Information, Student Entry Forms, Lesson Plans, and more…please fill in the form below.


Resources Downloads

Online Pack
Student Entry Form
MS Word Entry Form
School Entry Form
Lesson Plan
PDF Presentation
PowerPoint Presentation
Student Feedback Form