Creative Writing Competition 2018 — NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to the talented winners of our Creative World Wars writing competition: 1st prizes in our two age categories went to Rebekah @ReigateGrammar & Phoebe @MarsdenHeights, 2nd prizes to Millie @PenriceAcademy & William @SheringhamHigh!

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted work, which we very much enjoyed reading, and to our celebrity judge, Hilary Robinson, and the rest of the judging panel for generously giving their time! The winners’ prizes and certificates for all our wonderful shortlist have been posted.

Are you aged between 11 and 15? Do you enjoy writing? And have you studied either the First or Second World War, or the Holocaust in school? If so, you why not take part in this creative writing competition? You will have the chance to win a range of book tokens and have your work published on the Teaching and Learning War Research Network webpages.

We are looking for creative pieces – a poem or a very short story – of no more than 750 words that deal in some way with either the First or the Second World War or the Holocaust. Your story can be set at any point in time, then and now. You can write about people who fought or didn’t fight, lived or died – or you can choose to write about ways in which these events are remembered or are still important to us today. Your text can be based on real events or people, or it can be completely imaginary. It can be about any country or people who were part of the two world wars. The important thing is that it has to be your own work!

Submissions will be judged by a panel of esteemed published writers and academic experts, led by Hilary Robinson, author of Where the Poppies Now Grow (2014). Prizes will be awarded in two age categories: 11–13 and 14–15. The competition is sponsored by the government-funded Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

You can only submit one text, and you should submit it by e-mailing it to:


The deadline for submitting your texts was 1 June 2018.