Creative Writing Competition 2018

The competition has now closed. The judging panel is now making their decision and we will be announcing the shortlist on 1 July 2018. Watch this space!

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 is 1 June 2018. We will announce a shortlist by 1 July 2018, and prizes will be awarded at a special public event at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, Exeter on 12 September 2018. The AHRC is generously providing up to 15 travel bursaries for young people and their teachers or guardians travelling to the prize giving from outside Exeter of up to £100 p.p. If you are shortlisted, we will be in touch to see if you would like to apply for one of these travel bursaries.

We are looking forward to reading your poems and stories!