Here you can find information about a number of different competitions First Story runs throughout the school year for both First Story schools and other state secondary schools.

If you have any questions about competitions, please email info[at] for further information.



Our 100-Word Story Competition is now closed

Our 100-Word Story Competition has closed for another year. Now in its fifth year, the competition, judged by VINTAGE, is open to all First Story students aged 11-18. The competition gives our young writers the experience of crafting something to a specific brief, meeting a deadline, going through a selection process and potentially achieving the first taste of publication success! Entries can be prose or poetry and can be on any theme. Thirty-five schools from across the country submitted a shortlist of three entries and a winner was chosen from each, with one overall winner and one overall runner up.

We are absolutely delighted to announce the overall winner is Jaimie Brown from Titus Salt School in Bradford and the runner up is Lucy Cook from St Mary’s College in Hull. Jaimie and Lucy will each receive a pile of prize books from Vintage for themselves and their school libraries as well as having their 100-word stories professionally printed on specially commissioned postcards.

In addition, the best entries from each school that entered the competition will also be printed on postcards and will each receive two prize books from Vintage.

View school winning entries for this year here

‘We are always delighted and honoured to be involved with First Story and to be invited to judge this competition. The 100-word stories make for fantastic reading, full of surprise, invention and creativity. It was very hard to choose, but we felt the finalists made best use of the restricted form, conjuring up vivid images and showing their own distinctive voice within just a few words. We want to congratulate everyone who submitted stories and encourage them all to keep writing and reading.’

Frances Macmillan, Senior Editor at VINTAGE

Overall Winner


Feedback from the Judging Panel at VINTAGE:

The Bed – ‘It’s a challenge to really tell a satisfying story in so small a space, but not only did the writer of ‘The Bed’ achieve this, they also managed a great twist on the idea. The story itself was simple but the back-to-front structure and highly visual style definitely wasn’t, plus we liked the visceral detail and precise writing’.


Overall Runner Up


Feedback from the Judging Panel at VINTAGE:

I am Batman – ‘this was funny, subversive, deeply weird and very memorable. It also managed to be touching and therefore won our hearts, and totally intrigued us. This person must keep writing!’.

‘Congratulations to all the young writers who submitted stories. It was a delight to read such clever, inventive and powerful writing, ingeniously confined to 100 words. The finalists’ stories, The Bed and I am Batman, brilliantly exemplify brevity and originality, making for enthralling reading. First Story is continually grateful to Vintage for collaborating on this competition which encourages and celebrates young writers.’

Charlotte Prendergast, Head of Learning at First Story

Past Winners

You can view the past winning entries here:



Our 6-Word Story Competition is now closed

Our 6-Word Story Competition has closed for another year; we received a record number of entries this year and want to thank every young writer for sharing some cracking stories with us.

We’re delighted to announce that Kingsley Campbell-Carter from Malet Lambert School in Hull has been selected as the winner with his story:

‘Christmas came around… so did bailiffs’

We think it has a clever twist and it will now be printed onto pencils.

Two other stories were highly commended by our judges and our congratulations go also to:

Emily Whiteley at Titus Salt School for her story: ‘Dog barking, no squirrel, wrong tree.’

And Keyuri Adatia at City of Leicester College for: ‘Magic trick gone wrong. Audience silent.’

Judge Peter Hobbs said:

‘There were so many great stories that were neat, or clever, or playful, or funny. I had quite a few favourites. But the best of them – like the winner – didn’t so much tell a story, as create a space that allowed a story to exist. They made a virtue of their brevity; they left things unsaid that were still present for the reader, so you had the sense that there was a whole world out there behind the six words.’

Winners from previous years include:

Rapunzel wore wig. Prince sadly died. – Simran Nath
Basket case tabby destroys wicker home – Lucy Deakin
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.