Writing Competitions

Thursday 15 July 2021

This summer, there are plenty of opportunities for our students to enter a variety of writing competitions, ranging from contests aimed only at students in Ark Boulton to any student at any Ark academy and finally a national competition open to any secondary aged student in the UK.

In order of closing dates, the competitions are as follows:

Young Writers is currently running two competitions aimed at students from 11-18: Imagine... invites you to enter your thought-provoking poetry into Young Writers' national poetry competition! Imagine if we were all equal... Imagine if you had one wish... Imagine if the world ended tomorrow.

Spine-Chillers asks you to write a mini saga (a story told in just 100 words), using tension, suspense and atmosphere in your writing. The best way to do this is to write your story without bothering about the word count and then, when you’ve finished, see if you can edit it down to just 100 words.

The closing date for these two competitions is Friday 23rd July. For more information, visit https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions

Ark writing competition – open to everyone at any of the Ark academies in the UK. Summer programme - Writing Competition (sharepoint.com)

There are two categories: Fiction (word limit 1000 words – you do not have to write as many words as this, but you must not go over). The topic is ‘Places’ and you can write in any genre. Clicking on the link will take you to the competition page and there is another link to Google Maps Treks which will give you a range of images to inspire you.

For the Non-Fiction category, the topic is “We have become slaves to technology and no longer engage with the real world around us.” Word limit: 500 words.

The closing date for both of these is 27th August 2021 at midday.

Finally, we have the Ark Boulton writing competition on the theme of ‘Connections’. You can write a story in any genre for this but you must not write more than 600 words. Entries can be typed or handwritten for this but must be handed in at the end of the first week back at school in September.