Notes for teachers and students

Pieces will be judged on creativity, clarity, style and accuracy of language. The aim of the WriteStuff Competition is to develop professional writing skills and further digital literacy. The winners will be announced in May and the prizes will be given out at the Competition Awards Ceremony on Saturday May 4. 2019. All winning and highly commended entries will be loaded onto the WriteStuff website and the winning entries will have both their story and their map published on the website as well as being displayed at the Awards Ceremony.

All entries should be submitted directly through this website

We ask that when you submit your story, you write it on double line spacing for ease of reading. When submitting a manuscript to a publisher this is an actual requirement.

It is very important that you indicate the age group and school you belong to so that we can identify you.

The judges will be: Huw Lewis Jones, Ross Collins, Piers Torday and Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Enter your story

Further Advice for both Primary and Secondary School entries

Characters are the most important part of any book, film or play, and in modern fiction, authors tend to drive their characters more through action and dialogue than description, although detailed description can still bring a character to life if handled well. Try to make your narrator and his or her feelings and emotions believable.

Dialogue

Dialogue is often seen as the most important aspect separating ‘professional’ writing from ‘good’ writing. Characters will become real for your reader if you show what they say and how they say it. You can also show what they are thinking and any decisions they make. Think about how Dickens portrays Scrooge’s character at the start of “A Christmas Carol” with “Bah Humbug!” Try to include some dialogue to let your character express his/her true self by what they say, how they say it and how it affects others.

Dialogue should be punctuated inside speech marks, as in the following examples:

Dialogue should be punctuated inside speech marks, as in the following examples:
Example Explanation
“This is correct,” he said. A comma is used for statements before an attribution.
“Is this correct?” he asked. Questions and exclamations each use their respective marks.
“This is correct.” Statements without attribution end with a full stop.

Each new piece of dialogue should begin on a new line.

Get Inspired

Read the entries to previous WriteStuff competitions.