Young writers competition

Calling young writers with something to say! ‘Future Stories’ is a writing competition and series of writing workshops for young people aged 11 to 16 who have a story to tell about life in the future.

The “Future Stories: One Day in 2070” competition is part of the King’s College London Utopia Now project and open to young writers in the London boroughs of Lambeth or Southwark.

The competition is open from now until 6 September with some fantastic prizes:

  • Ten of the most creative writers will be selected to take part in a creative writing day, exploring the world of the future.
  • Finalists will also receive a £30 Book Voucher. 
  • All entries will be put into a prize draw to win either a Build Your Own Robot Kit or Book Voucher worth £15.  

Alongside the competition is the 7 day writing story starter challenge. This is a great set of resources, starting with a section on What is Science Fiction followed by 30 to 40 minute sections each day. It takes you through the creative process of writing a science fiction story with writing prompts, film clips, book extracts and loads more to help you along your way.

For those of you who are not eligible to enter, don’t despair. The resources are there for you to use as well.

As one of the judges I’m really looking forward to having my mind stretched by all the speculative stories sent our way so get cracking, you have until 6 September to create your version of the future.


photo credit: wim hoppenbrouwers Bijenkorf Rotterdam 3D via photopin (license)

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