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Closing Date: Friday 21st of December 2018

The unthinkable has happened..

A catastrophe so epic it has almost eliminated the entire human race. There are just a few survivors ... will they rebuild civilisation or succumb to Mother Nature, just like-all the others?

Survival Sagas challenges your students to write a mini saga, a story in just 100 words, to tell us how the world ended or introduce us to their post-apocalyptic vision. What catastrophe wreaked this havoc? Why? How?

Students can interpret the theme as they wish, as we love to encourage creativity and originality! From destruction and survival to new beginnings and redemption.

Where will Survival Sagas: Mission Catastrophe take your students' imaginations..?

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  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school

  • Stories can be on the entry form or A4 sheet of paper

  • Stories must be your students' own work

  • Ensure that all student include their name and age on their entries

Closing Date: Friday 21st of December 2018


For Schools

1st Prize - 1 x £1,000 and the Young Writers' Award of Excellence

2nd Prize - 1 x £500

3rd Prize - 1 x £250

For Students

Our favourite 5 writers will each win £100, a set of 'The Last survivors' books signed by author Susan B Pfeffer and a trophy!

Student winners will be chosen from entries received in the Autumn Term 2018 and awarded in the Spring Term 2019.

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How To Enter

Closing Date: Friday 21st of December 2018


To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Poster, Lesson Plan, resources, and more… please fill in the short form below. All download links will appear once the form is sent and the links will also be emailed to you.



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Writing Tips

Tip #1

We do our best to make sure we make things easy for you and engaging for your students, so take advantage of what we offer!

Utilise the Free Resources!

  • Call, email or request online additional entry forms, posters or packs for colleagues – they are free and we’ll send as many as you need!
  • Bookmark the video, so it’s ready for your lesson
  • Download the optional lesson plan and presentation
  • Pop the closing date in your diary and paperclip the freepost sticker on that page
  • Follow us on Twitter @YoungWritersCW for tips, ideas as well as to see how other schools are getting involved

We provide everything you need to take part… let us know if we don’t, if something’s missing that would make your life even easier, let us know!

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Contact Us

Young Writers SS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

Closing Date: Friday 21st of December 2018

Competition Terms & Conditions

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