A Wander In The Woods
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A Wander In The Woods takes your students' imaginations on an adventure, whether you can do that outside or set the scene in your classroom.

Winter is a wonderful time in the woods! Your students' mini sagas (a story told in just 100 words) can be inspired by nature or they could retell a fairy tale with a twist. Perhaps a school or camping trip would make a fantastic recount and, of course, there's the good old ghost story to give us chills on dark and stormy days!

If you go down to the woods today you're in for... an amazing lesson!


  • 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
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Our favorite 5 published writers will each win an awesome creative writing goody bag.

Student winners are chosen from entries received in Nov/Dec 2020.

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 A Wander In The Woods
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!


Upload your entries to youngwritersusa.com/multiple-entry.


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
Student Entry Form (Story Mountain)
MS Word Entry Form
School Entry Form
Lesson Plan
PDF Presentation
PowerPoint Presentation
Student Feedback Form