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

The deadline for the First Story National Writing Competition has now passed.

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

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

More information about the competition can be found here.

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:


Deadline: 27th February 2015

Only open to current First Story students, full details here

Six-Word Story Competition

Deadline:  1st of May 2015.

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.

100-word Story Competition

The deadline for First Story’s 100 word story competition has now passed.

StoryOnly 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