Welcome to our competitions page. Here you can find an up-to-date list of creative-writing competitions from the UK and around the world. Good luck!

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 group of people?

This year we are delighted to offer the fantastic prize of a residential Arvon creative writing course for the winners. We will also publish all the shortlisted pieces in a collected anthology, and hold a special prize-giving ceremony at LSE in 2015.

The competition will be judged by five acclaimed writers: Anthony McGowan, Bernardine Evaristo, James Dawson, Kate Kingsley and Laura Dockrill.


Information pack - teachers interested in running the competition in their school can download information packs below, and students, please feel free to encourage your teachers! [First Story National Writing Competition Teachers’ Info Pack]

Downloadable poster – you can download and print the poster to put up around school here: [First Story Competition Poster].

Assembly presentation – we have created a short presentation for you to use in class or in assembly to launch the competition at your school. We hope it will help get your students excited, give them a bit more information and inspire them to get writing! You can find the presentation here.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please email

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award announced!

We are very proud to reveal that Jasmine Burgess from Oxford Spires Academy has been announced as one of the 2014 Foyle Young Poets winners.

Read all the winning poems here.

The prestigious Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open internationally to all young writers aged between 11 and 17. Next year’s competition will open in 2015.

Other upcoming competitions:

100-word Story Competition

Deadline: Wednesday 5th November 2014.

Open to current First Story students.

The First Story 100-Word Story Competition is open to First Story students only. Schools send First Story a shortlist of three entries, and a winner will be selected from each school. Each winner’s story or poem will be printed on a professionally designed postcard. 10 copies of the postcard will be sent to the school (in time for Christmas if the entries are submitted by the deadline!)

The entries can be themed on any subject, and can be a poem or prose.

We must have an IP consent form for each student who has a piece entered into the competition. If teachers have not already sent IP consent forms in for the whole group, please do so immediately and note which students have been submitted to the 100 word competition for your school. IP consent forms can be downloaded here.

Examples of last year’s winners can be downloaded here.

Students should submit entries to their Writer-in-Residence, who should then send us their three favourite stories to

Six-Word Story Competition

Deadline:  1st of May 2015.

Open to current First Story students.

Students are invited to submit short stories of six words. The winning entry – selected across all First Story schools – will be printed on a pencil. Please email your stories to

Previous winners include:

Tried being normal. Worst two minutes. Lauren Gacheru.
Went to shops. Won lottery. Sorted. Jordan Wildman.
Happy endings are just unfinished stories. Nicola Kerry.
Broke Pencil. Bought Pencil. Broke Pencil. Ezra Glasstone.