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The Stuck-In Prize for Creative Writing

Amaze us with your brilliance. Tell us what’s on your mind.

The ability to find possibilities, no matter the difficulties, is what Stuck-In is all about. We believe the ability to meet challenge with creativity is a gift young people bring to a world which needs new solutions, now.

Submission Guidelines:

  • The topic of this prize is: Using Creativity for Change
  • You may submit a short story, poem, song, essay, rap or spoken, filmed piece
  • It may not exceed 1000 words
  • We are looking for a response which best reflects the topic.
  • Your submission can be typed, written neatly and scanned or recorded.
  • Do your best with spelling but it doesn’t have to be perfect – we just want to read something inspiring, positive and creative
  • This competition will close after the first 200 entries have been received

The winner will receive:

  • £50
  • Publication on our website and socials
  • 1:1 critique with an Oxford English graduate

There will be one runner-up in this competition. The runner-up will receive:

  • A 1-1 feedback session on their story and have their story published on our website.

The 500 Words initiative

The 500 Words initiative was created by Chris Evans and first launched in 2011, celebrating its 10thanniversary in June this year and boasting an extraordinary legacy with over one million entries submitted to date. The most recent competition was turned around in less than four weeks with the backing of Virgin Radio, many of the UK’s leading publishing houses, Amazon Alexa, and WHSmith, alongside a whole host of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, sport, music and more.

With ongoing support from Oxford University Press, The Reading Agency, Parents and Teachers, the future of 500 Words is bright, and we look forward to setting a new theme for the competition in 2021. We are excited to continue to provide a creative platform to hear children’s voices.

Make sure you look out for the new edition of the competition, announced in Spring 2021.

Green Jelly Bean Short Story Award, ages 9-11

The Green Jelly Bean prize honours imagination.

Let us publish your work.

4 best friends who were never bored. Each had imagination as their superpower. They played hard, they dreamt big. Two of them (pink & blue) are your judges.

Submission Guidelines:

  • We want you to write your best short story about four friends
  • They can go anywhere and get up to anything so let your imagination run wild!
  • Your story should be between 500 and 750 words
  • You can type it or write it up as neatly as you can and scan it in
  • Do your best with spelling but it doesn’t have to be perfect – we just want to be wowed by your story!
  • This competition will close after 200 entries have been received

The winner will receive:

  • £30 book voucher from your local bookshop
  • Your story published on our website
  • A 1-1 feedback session with an Oxford English graduate on your story.

There will be one runner-up in this competition. The runner-up will receive:

  • a 1-1 feedback session on their story and have their story published on our website.
Alice through the looking glass missing chapter competition
 
Stretch those creative muscles and commemorate 150 years of the ‘Through the Looking-Glass’! The Lewis Carroll Society is launching a writing competition to celebrate the creativity of the author of the ‘Alice’ books. The award is part of the bequest from Ellis S Hillman. He was the first President of the Lewis Carroll Society in 1969.
The Challenge

Write a ‘missing’ chapter for either Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-Glass. You can create new characters or re-use existing characters; create new scenarios or use an existing scenario and follow on.

Competition Details

There is no charge for entering the competition and the closing date is Saturday, July 3rd, which is Alice’s Day in Oxford this year. The final results are expected to be announced in the first week of August.

The Lewis Carroll Society wish to encourage reading, writing and creativity across all age groups. There are three prizes of £100 each for three separate age groups – up to 16 yrs old, 16-20, over 20 yrs. Entries to be between 500 to 2000 words, depending on age.

There will be additional prizes of Chris Riddell’s new book Through the Looking- Glass and What Alice Found There for the winner and runners-ups.

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