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!


The 2016 Walkopedia Competition is now open! The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 2nd March.

Only open to current First Story students.

Walkopedia is dedicated to unlocking and sharing the secrets of the world’s best walks, and once again they are inviting all First Story students to write about a memorable walk they have taken (or even an imaginary walk). In either prose or poetry form, we want to hear your stories, whether about reaching a summit, wandering a coastal track or losing yourself on a stroll in the woods; or about a walk to the shops or exploring a strange place. The prizes this year, provided by Walkopedia, include £200 for First Place, £100 for Second Place and £50 for Third Place. We’ve received some incredible entries over the last two years, which you can read about here to get inspired and start writing.

A list of FAQs can be downloaded here


First Story National Writing Competition 2015-2016

The competition is now closed for entries and the longlist will be announced in January 2016.

Our competition theme this year is ‘Echoes’, and we’re looking forward to see the imaginative and original ways in which students engage with this. The competition will be run in affiliation with The Sunday Times, which will publish the winner’s piece in The Sunday Times online. Three winners will also earn a place on an Arvon creative writing residential course and be published in a beautifully bound collected anthology.

Find out more, download resources and enter here


100-word Story Competition

The deadline for First Story’s 100 word story competition is Wednesday 18th November.

Only 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:  2nd May 2016

Only 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. Unfortunately this competition is only open to First Story students. 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.