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 for further information.


The First Story National Writing Competition is now closed.

The longlist and shortlist will be announced in Spring 2017. 

Six-Word Story Competition

The deadline for the Six-Word Story Competition was Thursday 20th October.

Winner 2016-17

Congratulations to Lucy Deakin of Brigshaw High School in Castleford for her witty 6-word story:

Basket case tabby destroys wicker home.

We received some outstanding entries this year so for the first time we are showcasing our brilliant shortlist. Congratulations to all the students who submitted entries. Lucy’s entry will be printed on the First Story pencil for 2016 and she will receive a bundle for herself and her school.

Shortlist 2016-17

Waiting for the sunrise all night. Azaria Savy, John Cabot Academy

We lay in darkness. Plotting. Waiting. Daniel McEvoy, Nottingham Academy Greenwood Road

We always had a microscopic life. Declan, Winifred Holtby School

Cleaner tripped and kicked the bucket. Emily White, Brigshaw High School

Lived once. Read books. Lived forever. Jannani Jegatheeswaran, Wembley High Technology College

You will never know this story. Jayden Henry, Nottingham Academy Ransom Road

Don’t cut corners, you’ll make more. Jennifer Templemann, Brigshaw High School

Sharpen this pencil. Create a world. Jenny Wong, David Young Community Academy 

Thunder just hides the space battles. Josh Simpson, Sirius Academy West

Stories end too soon, like this Kira Clayton, St Mary’s College

Read a story, found a world. Kirena Liddle, Leeds East Academy

Writing makes me a unicorn. Laney Todd, Nottingham Academy Greenwood Road

An ocean deep with shallow waters. Matilda Collins, Pimlico Academy

Starry skies, full of lies. Mesmerised. Molly Monelle, John Cabot Academy

Actions speak louder than six words. Nathaniel Tattersall, Appleton Academy

Make a noise, make it count. Nazish Majid, Feversham College

Hull Hearts eat lies when they’re hungry. Sherrie George, Newland School for Girls

I’m certain two squared equals one. Anonymous, Highgate Wood School

Winners from previous years 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 is midnight 26th January 2017.

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 winning schools.

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


The competition is now closed for entries. Stay tuned for more details about the 2016-17 competition.

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