Recent News and events

Programme Officer, West Yorkshire & Lancashire

Part time (3 days per week), £20k pro-rated. We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Programme Officer to act as a champion for First Story and creative writing in West Yorkshire and Lancashire. First Story has been operating with success in the West Yorkshire and Lancashire since September 2013. We now have writers-in-residence in […]

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Head of Fundraising – Maternity Cover

Part time (3 days per week), £40k pro-rated. We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Head of Fundraising who will help shape the organization and can help us to more effectively deliver First Story’s vision. This is a critical role in the charity, responsible for developing the strategy and overseeing fundraising efforts to support […]

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First Story National Writing Competition

First Story is very excited to announce the launch of its annual National Writing Competition! We’re inviting students from state schools across the country to submit 850 words or less of poetry or prose on the theme of ‘Home’ – what does home mean to them? Is it a place, a smell, a taste, a […]

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‘Rules for Half Term’ by Aizyadi Kasim

1. You must go and visit your grandmother
Even if she sometimes forgets your name
And tries to sly pass you peppermint sweets

2. You MUST NOT call an African crazy [...]

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First Story National Writing Competition FAQs

Entering competitions can be quite confusing, so we hope these FAQs will help make it all clear! Please get in touch with competitions@firststory.org.uk if you have any questions about the National Writing Competition after reading these FAQs.

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‘Missing’ by Jenny Blackmore

I giggled and snorted, my sister laughing too. Tabitha squealed with joy, her high-pitched voice echoing through the night air, drowning out the sounds of a groan, a painful groan from the woman parallel to me. Wait… What? There’s no woman next to me. Tabitha sees my pale, stricken face and abruptly stops laughing.

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The Sunday Times will publish our National Writing Competition winning entry!

We are thrilled to announce that The Sunday Times will publish the winning entry of our First Story National Writing Competition on their website. When we reveal the winner at the prize-giving ceremony as part of LSE’s Space for Thought Literary Festival, their piece will appear on The Sunday Times website. If you want the […]

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Inspiration for our National Writing Competition!

What does ‘Home’ mean to you? How do you write a poem or story on the theme of ‘Home’? We’re asking students from state secondary schools across the UK to write up to 850 words of poetry or prose on the theme of Home – so we wanted to give some inspiration! We will be throwing out some […]

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