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!

Six-Word Story Competition

Extended Deadline:  1st of May 2014.

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.


Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Launches 10th March 2014, deadline: 31st July 2014.

Open to all students aged 11–17.

The prestigious Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open to all young writers aged between 11 and 17. The competition offers fantastic prizes and literary recognition. It’s not quite open for entries yet, but hold on to any poems you might want to enter until the 10th March, or send them on to us and we can enter them on your behalf.

Watch the 2013 Winners’ Film here and sign up to the Young Poets’ Network for updates on the 2014 competition.



Winners of the Walkopedia Creative-Writing Competition Announced! 

We are delighted to be able to announce the shortlist and winners of the Walkopedia Competition 2013-14

Walkopedia winners, and announced shortlist.


First Prize – £200

The Shadow that Walks, by Gianni Fortes (King Solomon Academy)

Second Prize – £100

Time of Day, by Juliette Hills (Oaklands School)

Third Prize – special commendation – £50

Monsters, by Theo Modell (Oaklands School)


Special Mentions

Eastern Walk, by Tarzina Khatun (Oxford Spires Academy)

Walk through the fields and woods, by Skye Kimber (Queens Park Community School)

Patient behind the door, by Rianna Patel (Wembley High Technology College)



The Shadow the Walks, by Gianni Fortes (King Solomon Academy)

Time of Day, by Juliette Hills (Oaklands School)

Monsters, by Theo Modell (Oaklands School)

Eastern Walk, by Tarzina Khatun (Oxford Spires Academy)

Walk through the fields and woods, by Skye Kimber (Queens Park Community School)

Patient behind the door, by Rianna Patel (Wembley High Technology College)

The Walk, by Taya Alferoff (Acland Burghley School)

Walk, by Connor Brimelow (Acland Burghley School)

My Walk, by Latiff Parkinson (Woodside High School)

My Walk, by Mariela Krasteva (Woodside High School)


The LSE First Story Competition Shortlist Announced!

We are delighted to be able to let you know that the following pieces have been shortlisted in the 2013-14 LSE First Story Competition.

Reflection of a Friend by Nashrath Yasmin (Loxford School of Science and Technology)

Ignorance is Bliss by Sharmin Akhter (Oaklands Secondary School)

Man or Boy by Brooke Parrish-Carr (Basildon Lower Academy)

Aubrey by Kenia Fenton (The Bridge Academy)

Untitled by Harriet Sutton (Matthew Moss High School)

Dramatic Monologue by Edmund Ross (The Bridge Academy)

Untitled by Aamna Irfan (Matthew Moss High School)

Reflections by Jamike Dike (Skinner’s Academy)

Think Before You Speak! by Farzana Akter (Oaklands Secondary School)

A Vengeful Mind by Anisha Faruk (Wembley High Technology College)

Double Meanings by Khaya Job (Nottingham Academy)

Untitled by Sania Riaz (Loxford School of Science and Technology)

Congratulations to all the shortlisted students from all of us here at First Story!

All of the shortlisted pieces will be published in a printed anthology and the overall winners will be announced at a prize-giving event at 6pm on 31st March at the Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ.

Tickets to the prize-giving event are free, but need to be reserved. This can be done by emailing Louise Gaskell at:

Everyone is very welcome to come along to the prize-giving event, where the competition judging panel will discuss self-portraits –  how much of themselves do they include in their writing? The event will be followed by a reception with book sales and signing by the panel.


Closed Competitions

Wicked Young Writers’ Award

Deadline: 31st March 2014.

Open to all young people aged 5-25.

The musical Wicked, has an award that is open for entries from any young people aged between 5 and 25.  There are five competition age categories and entries can range from stories, to poetry, to drama. All entries must be typed and no longer than 750 words. There is no set theme, so you really can write anything at all.

Entries can be submitted by post or online and must be accompanied by an entry form. There are more details about submission on the Wicked Young Writers’ website or you can always get in touch with us here at First Story if you’d like more information. We are also very happy to submit entries on your behalf.

In the summer a shortlist of 100 entrants will be invited to a very special prize event at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. All the shortlisted entries will be published in the Wicked Young Writers’ Award Anthology and each shortlisted entrant will receive a copy of the anthology.

An individual winner from each age category will receive a certificate signed by Michael Morpurgo and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, tickets to see Wicked with their friends or family, £50 worth of books/ebooks tokens to spend, as well as £100 worth of books for their school library, donated by Hachette Children’s Books.


Tower Poetry Prize

Closed for entries: Winners will be announced by 31st March.

Open to all students aged 16-18.

“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!”

The 2014 Tower Poetry Competition is now open, and will be judged by poets Olivia McCannon, Kei Miller and Peter McDonald later this month. Poems must be no more than 48 lines in length and should be based on a ‘NEWS’ theme.

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form and sent by post to:

Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes
Christ Church
St Aldate’s
Oxford, OX1 1DP

The winners will be notified by 31st March 2014, and will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at lunchtime on the 24th April in Oxford.


Walkopedia Competition 

Closed for entries: Winners to be announced in March 2014. 

Open to current and former First Story students.

First Prize: £200

Second Prize: £100

The annual Walkopedia Competition, for the best travel writing about a walk or hike, closes for submissions in just under two weeks. As long as your writing relates to a walk you have taken, you can describe or capture any event or scene you like, in either poetry or prose. It could be your walk to or from school, to your favourite place, or with your favourite person. A walk towards something that filled you with dread, or towards something that gave a bounce to your step. A walk along a corridor, up a flight of stairs, through a city square or open parkland… you can write about any aspect of any walk you’ve taken, anywhere!

Entries must be less than 1,200 words and be received in digital form by no later than 12 noon, on Friday 14th February.



100-Word Story Competition

Closed for entries: Winners announced in the Spring Term. 

Open to current First Story students.

The First Story 100-Word Story Competition is open to First Story students only. A winner will be selected from each school, and their story will be printed on a professionally designed postcard.

Students should submit entries to their Writer-in-Residence, who should then send us their three favourite stories to be judged by author, Jonathan Lee.