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]firststory[dot]org[dot]uk for further information.



The deadline for the 6-Word Story Competition is 23rd November

For more details please download this 6-Word Story Competition Guidance Pack

This competition is open to all students in First Story partner schools.

Competition Structure:
The competition is split into two stages:

  1. School Level: Students will submit their stories to teachers and their schools’
    Writer-in-Residence – the three best pieces will go forward into the national
  2. National Level: First Story will shortlist and pick one overall winner. All
    shortlisted entries will be published on our website

The Prize:
The Winning Story will be printed on a pencil and a collection of these will be sent to your school

How to Enter:
Once you have made your school level selection entries must be submitted via our online form:

N.B. Every entry must be accompanied by a completed IP CONSENT FORM. These forms can be attached electronically but must also be sent in physical form to First Story, Omnibus Business Centre, 39-41 North Road, London, N7 9DP.

Friday 23rd November – Competition entries due to First Story Schools/Writers submit a maximum of three entries via the online form.

We suggest having Friday 16th November as an internal closing date for schools to collect student pieces, giving time for teachers and writers to shortlist to their top three entries and send to First Story by Friday 23rd November.

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.

Shortlist 2017-18:

Lost my dog. I can’t bark! Maisy Mayo, Appleton Primary Academy
I needed him. He needed her. Hamda Abdi, Chelsea Academy
Opened a book. Lost ever since. Sofia Panourgias, Chelsea Academy
The end. Where’s the replay button? Cristiana Eftenoiu, Cranford Community College
It’s First Story, but there’s many. Meeyah, Fulham Cross Girls’ School
Found needle: haystack. Lost car: carpark. Charles Parsons, Hull Trinity House Academy
Falling. I’m flying while it lasts. Wisam Sherwi, Hull Trinity House Academy
Towering skyscrapers. Emergency services. Breaking news. Mikael Chunara, Judgemeadow Community College
Rapunzel wore wig. Prince sadly died. Simran Nath, Judgemeadow Community College
Shoes only come in pairs, solider. Simran Nath, Judgemeadow Community College
Love, banned. Girl starts to love. Amel Saleh, Pimlico Academy
The corpse’s sister’s face was red. Minnie Waddell, Pimlico Academy
Hospitals. Life and death. Card games. Romina Aghaie, Pimlico Academy
Big sea not explored. Life unknown. Jodie Doughty, Priory Witham Academy
A ghost in the school, ignored. Brayan Narvaez, Saint Gabriel’s College
Last person alive heard a scream. Rafia Fatima, Southfield Grange Campus
 Books house more magic than wands. Eliza Widdowson, The Farnborough Academy
 And with patience she achieved victory. Kowser Hassan, Whitefield School


100-Word Story Competition

Our 100-Word Story Competition is now closed

Our 100 Word Story Competition 2018 has come to a close for another year and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every young writer for sharing with us once again such a wonderful range of stories!

Armed with only 100 words, First Story students have come up with some stunning entries for our 100 Word Competition and we are now delighted to announce the winners!

The judges at Vintage Publishing were hugely impressed with the inventiveness and imagination of all entries, and after a long deliberation process we are excited to announce the overall winner and the runner up for 2018.

Huge congratulations to our overall winner Rebecca Obadina-Adebowale from Platanos College for her mysterious and intriguing short story, and to overall runner up Nicole Fontes from Nottingham Academy, Ransom Road for her lyrical story which captures the passing of time and human emotion. An honourable mention goes to Sophia Chrysanthou from Chelsea Academy.

Rebecca, Nicole and Sophia will all receive a pile of prize books from Vintage and will have their 100-word stories printed on 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. In alphabetical order, this year’s school winners are:

Abi Jay, John Cabot Academy
Aliyah Begum, Feversham College
Andrea Martins, Saint Gabriel’s College
Faatimah Ilyas, Pimlico Academy
Freya Doyle, St. Mary’s College, Hull
George Dring, Radley College
Iqra Shahzad, Southfield Grange Campus
Jaineet Gulabzada, Cranford Community College
Jamie-Lea Offen, Sirius Academy North
Jaydon Wilkinson, Hull Trinity House Academy
Joe Pocknell, Raines Foundation School
Joseph Solomon, Woodside High School
Maham Rehman, Wembley High Technology College
Muhammad Hashir, Beckfoot Upper Heaton
Nabilah Yasmin, Heartlands High School
Naerah Chaudhry, Fulham Cross Girls School
Oliver Buck, Willowfield School
Rebecca Adams, Appleton Academy
Rose Halward, Lincoln Castle Academy
Ruby Shrehorn, Risedale Sports and Community College
Sarah-Louise Weston, Hans Price Academy
Suhail Mahomed, Judgemeadow Community College
Zarah Latif, Belle Vue Girls’ Academy

Please click here to view all the shortlisted pieces.

For full details and guidelines please review our Competition Pack.

Examples of 2016-17 winners can be downloaded here and those from 2015-16 here.